Mikey Way felt like someone had died when My Chemical Romance came to an end.
As the band's bass player, Mikey saw firsthand how monumental their career was - it spanned 12 years from their formation in 2001.
For 33-year-old Mikey it was more than just a musical career, it was also an extension of his family as his brother Gerard took lead vocals. They were joined by Ray Toro and Frank Iero, both on guitars.
"I was going through it. It was sad, like the passing of a family member. But, over time, I got great joy and pleasure from reflecting. I was able to truly put on some songs and be like, 'Wow, we really did something. We cracked the heavens," Mikey smiled to British magazine Kerrang!
Although the band officially announced their split in March last year, they've only just released their greatest hits album May Death Never Stop You.
Mikey has been working on a new musical project, Electric Century, with friend David Debiak and can't wait for his fans to see a new side of him.
"With MCR we were so busy. I was never able to stop and smell the roses, or evaluate myself completely. That's what this past year was all about," he confessed. "I was able to dig deep inside myself and become the man I always wanted to be. I'm not that p**sed-off kid in nerd glasses standing at the back anymore. I'm confident in myself; I'm confident in my ability. Things are different.