My Chemical Romance – I Brought You My Bullets, You Brought Me Your Love

June 22, 2010
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I Brought You My Bullets, You Brought Me Your Love

My Chemical Romance’s 2002 debut seems to take an obvious cue from the Used—a band with whom they were, at the time, friendly with and influenced by. The raw, tormented emo-punk on this album, which they recorded only a few months after forming, has distinct correlations with the Used’s 2002 self-titled debut, but in truth the discs are contemporaries of one another. I Brought You My Bullets, You Brought Me Your Love is a relatively makeshift album, with moments that feel almost haphazard, but some of that chaotic sensibility lends the albummost of which was produced by Thursday’s Geoff Ricklyits charm.

The jumping punk number “Headfirst For Halos” and the screechy “Honey, This Mirror Isn’t Big Enough For The Two Of Us” offer early inklings of what MCR would later become. While some of Bullets is a little too rough and messy, these numbers reveal a bright future for the band in transforming the depressed side of emo into a raucous, frantic outpouring that allow singer Gerard Way’s anxiety about the world to become engaging, interesting songs. “Vampires Will Never Hurt You,” the album’s second single, is the most apparent clue to how successful the band would eventually grow to be. The song, with its hooky chorus, wouldn’t sound out of place on 2004’s Three Cheers For Sweet Revenge, with additional production, and stands up as one of the better songs the band have written.

Bullets recalls a screamier time in pop-punk and emo, and subsequent releases have clearly evolved Way’s yelping screech to a compelling, gulping howl. It’s is more of a niche album than, say, The Black Parade, offering both a reminder to older fans of how MCR have changed and a glimpse to newer fans of how the band began.


Written by Emily Zemler

I began reviewing music when I was three years old. My mom would play Beatles records for me and I would illustrate the songs in a little book. At that point, I had no idea generating reactions to music was a viable (or, even moderately viable) career path, but apparently it’s led to something. Since learning to construct sentences and eventually graduating from American University with degrees in Film Studies and Journalism, I’ve worked as an editor at JazzTimes, Harp, Tracks, the Aquarian Weekly and CO-ED magazines—most of which are now defunct— and have written for more publications than you can name. After living in Washington, D.C., New York and Denver, I am now located in Los Angeles, mostly because they don’t have winter here. I received an MFA in Writing from Sarah Lawrence College in 2009 and for the past three years I’ve run an event series with SPIN at Housing Works in New York where we pair authors and musicians onstage to raise money for homeless people with HIV/AIDS and promote literacy. I write for several publications along with Alternative Press including Relix, YRB and MySpace Music, and I have a weekly column on MTV’s Music Blog.   TEN ALBUMS I REALLY LIKE IN NO PARTICULAR ORDER: 1. Explosions In the Sky- All Of A Sudden I Miss Everyone 2. Jawbreaker- Dear You 3. Bob Dylan- Time Out Of Mind 4. Modest Mouse- The Moon & Antarctica 5. The Faint- Blank-Wave Arcade 6. Mogwai- Rock Action 7. Alkaline Trio- Goddamnit 8. Biffy Clyro- Puzzle 9. Jimmy Eat World- Clarity 10. M Ward- Post-War