Mikey Way

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Mikey Way
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Background information
Birth name Michael James Way
Born (1980-09-10) September 10, 1980 (age 34)
Kearny, New Jersey, United States
Origin Newark, New Jersey
Genres Alternative rock, pop punk, post-hardcore, hard rock
Occupation(s) Musician, songwriter
Instruments Bass guitar, vocals, guitar, keyboards
Years active 2001–present
Labels Reprise, Warner Bros., Eyeball
Associated acts My Chemical Romance, Electric Century
Notable instruments
Squier Mikey Way Mustang Bass, Fender Precision Bass

Michael James Way (born September 10, 1980) is an American musician and is the rhythm guitarist and keyboardist of Electric Century and also served as bassist of the band My Chemical Romance until their split in 2013.

Early life

Way was born September 1980 to Donna Lee (née Rush) and Donald Way. He has Italian ancestry on his mother's side and Scottish ancestry on his father's side. He was raised in Belleville, New Jersey alongside his brother Gerard Way. Growing up, he worked in a Barnes & Noble and later Eyeball Records. Both of these played major part in the formation of My Chemical Romance. Eyeball signed the band and released their debut record.

The first concert he ever went to was a Smashing Pumpkins concert with his brother. After seeing them perform he told him "we have to do this." He was asked to join My Chemical Romance, which involved him having to improve his bass skills in the space of a week. He has toured with From First To Last.

Adult Life and Career

Way joined American rock band My Chemical Romance in 2001 with his brother Gerard Way. Way suggested the bands name after he read the book Ecstasy: Three Tales of Chemical Romance[1] When Way joined the band, he had to improve his bass skills in less then a week. [2] My Chemical Romance released their second album Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge on June 8, 2004.[3] My Chemical Romances third album The Black Parade was released on October 24, 2006. [4]My Chemical Romances fourth and final studio album Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys. [5] The band announced their breakup on March 22, 2013. [6]

For over a year after the break up of My Chemical Romance, Way remained without a band until he formed Electric Century with Sleep Station vocalist David Debiak and City (Comma) State drummer Justin Siegel.[7] The band released their first song "I Lied" in February 2014.[8]

The band released their first song "I Lied" on February 26, 2014.[9][10] The same month, the band was included in Alternative Press‍‍ '​‍s "100 Bands You Need To Know" list.[10] The magazine mentioned that "I Lied" "forges an alloy of decades-proven electronic pop" comparing it to fun. and Twenty One Pilots.[10] Alternative Press also said that the band's album was finished and awaiting release later that year.[10] The album was recorded and mixed by D. James Goodwin at The Isokon Studio in Woodstock, New York.[10] In November, Way revealed that he had flown in February to the East Coast to complete the album but instead went to rehab.[11] Way also said the news about the band would be "in the coming months."[11] On January 13, 2015 "Let You Get Away" was made available for streaming.[12] "Let You Get Away" was released as a single on April 3.[13] The band announced their debut self-titled EP on March 10, and was released on Record Store Day on April 18.[14] "Hail the Saints" and "Right There" were released as singles on May 6.[15][16]

Discography

My Chemical Romance
With Gerard Way, Ray Toro, Frank Iero and James Dewees
  • Hell Hath No Fury – (2012)
Electric Century
  • "I Lied" (2014), single
  • "Let You Get Away" (2015), single
  • Electric Century – (2015), EP
  • "Right There" (2015), single
  • "Hail the Saints" (2015), single

References

  1. ^ "11 Things You Didn’t know about My Chemical Romance". Kerrang!. 
  2. ^ Matthew Parker. "Mikey Way talks bass heroes, 'Bowie moments' and his signature Squier". musicradar.com. 
  3. ^ Johnny Loftus. "Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge - My Chemical Romance - Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards - AllMusic". AllMusic. 
  4. ^ Stephen Thomas Erlewine. "The Black Parade - My Chemical Romance - Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards - AllMusic". AllMusic. 
  5. ^ Stephen Thomas Erlewine. "Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys - My Chemical Romance - Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards - AllMusic". AllMusic. 
  6. ^ "My Chemical Romance Break Up". Rolling Stone. 
  7. ^ "Mikey Way And David Debiak Announce New Band, Electric Century". Blast Out Your Stereo. Retrieved 19 May 2015. 
  8. ^ "Electric Century - "I Lied" (SONG PREMIERE) - Alternative Press". Alternative Press. 
  9. ^ "iTunes - Music - I Lied - Single by Electric Century". iTunes. Retrieved 19 May 2015. 
  10. ^ a b c d e "Electric Century - "I Lied" (SONG PREMIERE) - Alternative Press". Alternative Press. Retrieved 19 May 2015. 
  11. ^ a b "Mikey Way: "I Was Told I Should Never Have Woken Up" - Kerrang!". Kerrang!. 
  12. ^ "Mikey Way's Electric Century Stream Second Single - Kerrang!". Kerrang!. 
  13. ^ "iTunes - Music - Let You Get Away - Single by Electric Century". iTunes. Retrieved 19 May 2015. 
  14. ^ "Electric Century GER on Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved 19 May 2015. 
  15. ^ "iTunes - Music - Hail the Saints - Single by Electric Century". iTunes. Retrieved 19 May 2015. 
  16. ^ "iTunes - Music - Right There - Single by Electric Century". iTunes. Retrieved 19 May 2015. 

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