|Origin||Belleville, New Jersey, U.S.|
|Genres||Emo, punk rock, post-hardcore|
|Labels||B.CALM Press, Mint 400 Records, Eyeball Records|
|Associated acts||Fairmont, My Chemical Romance, Leathermouth, Frank Iero and the Patience|
|Past members||Tim Hagevik|
Pencey Prep was an American punk rock band from Belleville, New Jersey.
Before Pencey Prep, two of the members played in local punk bands; Frank Iero from Sector 12 and Neil Sabatino from Stick Figure Suicide. While a student at Rutgers University, Iero was the guitarist and lead vocalist for Pencey Prep. Along with their label-mates Thursday, Pencey Prep was considered part of New Jersey's growing post-hardcore and punk scene, and in 2001, they signed with Eyeball Records. They performed multiple times alongside Nada Surf and one-off shows with Atom & His Package, The Strokes, and New Found Glory among others at New Jersey's 1st Surf and Skate Festival in Asbury Park, NJ. Pencey Prep released their only full-length album Heartbreak in Stereo in 2001 and was released by Eyeball Records. Low attendance during a three-week tour in the Midwest United States and fighting within the band led to the band's demise and by May 2002 the members parted ways.
After Pencey Prep
Sabatino left Pencey Prep in 2001 and started Fairmont, originally a solo acoustic project; however, McGuire joined on bass shortly afterward. Looking back at the early days of Fairmont, Sabatino notes he "wanted it to be my former band Pencey Prep, I built the band up to being a five-piece with two guitars, keyboards, bass, drums, vocals, and a screamer. That lineup lasted very briefly[;] I had felt in a way that I was [...] trying to write heavy music just to fit in with the rest of the New Jersey scene of the time." From 2004-2007 McGuire played in Fairmont with Sabatino after reconciling and in 2007, McGuire joined Iero as touring bass player of the hardcore band Leathermouth.
Shortly after their 2002 release with Eyeball Records, Pencey Prep disbanded and Iero began playing with the bands I Am A Graveyard and Give Up The Ghost, before landing a spot as rhythm guitarist with My Chemical Romance. He joined My Chemical Romance days before they began recording their 2002 debut album I Brought You My Bullets, You Brought Me Your Love, also released under Eyeball Records. The experience Iero gained from playing live with Pencey Prep, according to Laura La Bella's biography My Chemical Romance "bec[a]me invaluable when the band eventually booked live shows other than basement parties." Keyboardist Simon went on to tour with My Chemical Romance, as well as co-author the 2013 comic-book series The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys with Gerard Way.
- Tim Hagevik – drums (1999–2002)
- Frank Iero – guitars (1999–2002) and lead vocals (2000–02)
- John McGuire – bass and backing vocals (1999–2002)
- Shaun Simon – keyboards (1999–2002)
- Bruno Rocha – vocals (1999–2000)
- Neil Sabatino – guitars and backing vocals (2000–01)
- Heartbreak in Stereo (2001, Eyeball Records)
- ...Trying to Escape the Inevitable. (2000, Riversideriot)
- Long Walk to Forever (2000, Self-Released)
List of songs recorded by Pencey Prep
|"8th Grade"||Pencey Prep||...Trying to Escape the Inevitable.
Heartbreak in Stereo
|"10 Rings"||Pencey Prep||Heartbreak in Stereo||2001|||
|"19"||Pencey Prep||Heartbreak in Stereo||2001|||
|"Attention Reader"||2001||Recorded Fall 2001 and released on the bands website|||
|"Don Quixote"||Pencey Prep||Heartbreak in Stereo||2001|||
|"Fat and Alone" (hidden track)||Pencey Prep||Heartbreak in Stereo||2001|||
|"Florida Plates"||Pencey Prep||Heartbreak in Stereo||2001|||
|"Heroin Slow"||2001||Recorded June 2001 and later released on MySpace|||
|"Home"||2001||Recorded June 2001 and later released on MySpace|||
|"Lloyd Dobbler"||Pencey Prep||Long Walk to Forever
Heartbreak in Stereo
|"P.S. Don't Write"||Pencey Prep||Heartbreak in Stereo||2001|||
|"Rebuilding Home"||Neil Sabatino||2001||Recorded June 2001 and later released on Fairmont's Pretending Greatness Is Awaiting|||
|"The Secret Goldfish"||Pencey Prep||...Trying to Escape the Inevitable.
Heartbreak in Stereo
|"The Secret Goldfish" (Acoustic)||Pencey Prep||2001||Recorded June 2001 and later released on MySpace|||
|"Trying to Escape the Inevitable"||Pencey Prep||Heartbreak in Stereo||2001|||
|"Yesterday"||Pencey Prep||Long Walk to Forever
Heartbreak in Stereo
- Pencey Prep Members 2000.
- La Bella 2008.
- AllMusic Staff 2002.
- Wien 2011.
- Pencey Prep Members 2002.
- Draisin 2008.
- Harris 2008.
- Greenwald 2005.
- Rockszene Staff 2014.
- Wolk 2009.
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- "Discography". fairmontmusic. Archived from the original on February 5, 2005.
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- "Music". MySpace. Archived from the original on November 14, 2012.
- Pretending Greatness Is Awaiting (Booklet). Fairmont. Reinforcement Records. 2001. 43.CS1 maint: others in cite AV media (notes) (link)
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- Wien, Gary (2011), "#52 Fairmont", Are You Listening?, p. 113, ISBN 9780983685708
- Wolk, Douglas (July 27, 2009), "Gerard Way Talks New Comic "Fabulous Killjoys," Next My Chemical Romance Album", Rolling Stone, retrieved February 13, 2014