I Brought You My Bullets, You Brought Me Your Love
|I Brought You My Bullets, You Brought Me Your Love|
|Studio album by|
|Released||July 23, 2002|
|Recorded||May 15–27, 2002|
|Studio||Nada Recording Studio, New Windsor, New York|
|My Chemical Romance chronology|
|Singles from I Brought You My Bullets, You Brought Me Your Love|
I Brought You My Bullets, You Brought Me Your Love is the debut studio album by American rock band My Chemical Romance, released on July 23, 2002 by Eyeball Records. Produced by Thursday vocalist Geoff Rickly, it was recorded at Nada Recording Studio in New Windsor, New York, in May 2002.
Background and recording
I Brought You My Bullets, You Brought Me Your Love gave My Chemical Romance an underground following. However, the band did not break into the mainstream with the album; that came with their second album, Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge. During the recording of I Brought You My Bullets, You Brought Me Your Love, lead vocalist Gerard Way had to perform vocals while having a dental abscess, making vocal work difficult for him.
Music and lyrical themes
Categorized into genres such as emo, post-hardcore, screamo, punk rock, gothic rock, pop punk, and garage punk, I Brought You My Bullets, You Brought Me Your Love has a raw sound featuring guitar riffs, very energetic vocals and occasional screaming. Despite being sold under the post-hardcore and alternative rock genres, it is considered an emo album with strong influences from punk rock, hardcore punk and heavy metal. Songs on I Brought You My Bullets, You Brought Me Your Love such as "Skylines and Turnstiles" and "Our Lady of Sorrows" have been described as hardcore punk songs.
I Brought You My Bullets, You Brought Me Your Love is often regarded as a concept album. It involves two Bonnie and Clyde-esque characters who are eventually gunned down in the desert. On My Chemical Romance's next album, Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge (2004), the unnamed man supposedly then finds himself in purgatory, where he makes a deal with Satan: his hellbound lover for the souls of a thousand evil men. He is then resurrected and sent on his gruesome task. Though it is generally accepted by the group's core fanbase, this has led some to attribute its supposed existence to over-analysis on the part of hardcore fans. The alleged storyline is not confirmed by the band, but some evidence includes:
- The following album's cover, named "Demolition Lovers" (As is the final song on I Brought You My Bullets...) and its interior artwork (including the text that reads "The story of a man, a woman, and the corpses of a thousand evil men.")
- The lyrical themes of the final songs on both of the band's first two albums, which are "Demolition Lovers" and "I Never Told You What I Do for a Living". The lyrics of the latter include "They gave us two shots to the back of the head and we're all dead now" suggesting that the character (if it is linked to the storyline) has been killed and has failed in saving his lover from Hell.
- The song "It's Not a Fashion Statement, It's a Fucking Deathwish" from Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge also includes themes of a man rising from his grave, who suggests that his purpose in doing so is to commit a murder.
Another theme apparent on the album is the nature of vampires, as in both the undead creatures and, metaphorically speaking, those who seek to corrupt and exploit others. The song "Skylines and Turnstiles" was written shortly after the September 11 attacks and expressed feelings of sorrow and loss, and "Early Sunsets over Monroeville" was inspired by the George A. Romero film Dawn of the Dead. Gerard himself describes it as "a sweet song about Dawn of the Dead", with the lyrics using references from the film. Before the September 11 attacks, Gerard was working as a comic book writer and animator. He was working on a vampire comic (which he never completed), and has also said that is the reason for the vampires in the lyrics.
Release and promotion
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Text on the album's disc reads, "Unauthorized duplication is a violation of applicable laws and will result in Gerard coming to your house and sucking your blood." In December 2002, the band went on tour with Misery Signals, Remembering Never and Every Time I Die. In May and June 2003, the band went on tour with Every Time I Die and Give Up the Ghost.
To promote the album, My Chemical Romance played in bars and clubs around New Jersey. Tour manager Brian Schechter noticed the band performing and thought the band would be perfect for opening for the band The Used. Eventually, Schechter became the manager for My Chemical Romance and I Brought You My Bullets, You Brought Me Your Love was noticed by Reprise Records, a major record label connected to Warner Bros. Records. Reprise Records signed My Chemical Romance in 2003.
The 2005 and 2009 re-releases of the album contain a bonus Eyeball Records sampler CD. There are several different versions of the sampler, and each one contains different tracks. Since the closure of Eyeball Records, this album is currently out of print on every format. The album was re-released on vinyl on February 3, 2009, with a clear as well as white and red edition. It has sold over 300,000 copies in the USA as of February 2009, also achieving a Gold sales status certification for sales of over 100,000 copies in the UK. The album is very rare in the United States, however it returned to iTunes on September 23, 2016; the album was also brought to Spotify and Google Play the same day.
All tracks written by My Chemical Romance, except for "Romance".
|2.||"Honey, This Mirror Isn't Big Enough for the Two of Us"||3:51|
|3.||"Vampires Will Never Hurt You"||5:26|
|5.||"Our Lady of Sorrows"||2:05|
|6.||"Headfirst for Halos"||3:28|
|7.||"Skylines and Turnstiles"||3:23|
|8.||"Early Sunsets Over Monroeville"||5:04|
|9.||"This Is the Best Day Ever"||2:12|
|Re-release/iTunes deluxe edition bonus videos|
|12.||"Honey, This Mirror Isn't Big Enough for the Two of Us" (video)||3:53|
|13.||"Vampires Will Never Hurt You" (video)||5:37|
My Chemical Romance
- Gerard Way – lead vocals
- Ray Toro – lead guitar, backing vocals; rhythm guitar (on tracks 3–7, 9–10)
- Mikey Way – bass guitar
- Matt Pelissier – drums, percussion
- Produced by Geoff Rickly
- Tracks 3 and 8 produced by Geoff Rickly and Alex Saavedra
- Recorded and mixed by John Naclerio 5/15/02 – 5/25/02 at Nada Studios, New Windsor, NY
- Mastered by Ryan Ball at Checkmate Sound & Recording, Suffern, NY
- Original artwork, layout, and design by Marc Debiak and Gerard Way
- Photos by Alex Saavedra
|UK Albums Chart||129|
|Japanese Albums Chart||250|
|United Kingdom (BPI)||Gold||100,000^|
|Japan||March 25, 2009||Warner||CD||WPCR13347|
|United Kingdom||April 12, 2004||
|United States||July 23, 2002||Eyeball||EYE20022|
|June 21, 2005||7200222|
|February 3, 2009||LP||EYE20059|
|October 9, 2015||Reprise||550187-1|
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