The ‘I’m Not Okay’ emo icons split in 2013, but speculation gathered around the band reforming as they started to tease the 10th anniversary of ‘The Black Parade‘.
“I feel like that took everybody aback,” Toro told NME about the rumours. “I don’t think we realised how dramatic that teaser trailer was. We were just looking for a cool way to announce the 10th anniversary – and we were all just blown away by the reaction.”
Toro continued: “It makes you feel really good, because you know so many years later your work is still appreciated and it’s finding a new audience. One of the things we hear a lot that is that people who weren’t even born when that album or when the band first started are somehow into us. I remember when I was in high school, listening to The Misfits. You’d never get to see them live back then but it ends up getting passed down and becomes almost mythical in a sense, so I think that’s pretty cool if that does happen with My Chem.”
Despite various members launching solo projects, Toro said: “Here and there I think we all probably miss making music together – but I think at the same time we’re all very focused on our current projects.
“For me it’s a big step for me to finally get my record out, then also I’m planning on doing some touring next year. Frank is very busy with his projects, Mikey just put out a record, then Gerard is working on comics right now – so I think individually we’re all very much focused on what we have going on personally.”