Pencey Prep performing at the Wayne Firehouse, 2000.
|Origin||Belleville, New Jersey, U.S.|
|Genres||Emo, punk rock, post-hardcore|
|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.
Prior to 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 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. Pencey Prep released their only full-length album Heartbreak in Stereo in 2001 and it was reissued by Eyeball Records in 2004. Low attendance during a three-week tour in the Midwest United States and fighting within the band led to the Pencey Prep's demise and by May 2002 the members parted ways.
According to the band's Myspace page, the name is taken from the book The Catcher In The Rye; Pencey Prep was the name of the school that the main character Holden got expelled from.
After Pencey Prep
Sabatino left Pencey Prep in 2001 and started Fairmont, originally a solo acoustic project; however, McGuire joined on bass shortly afterwards. 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 signed with 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
- Frank Iero – lead vocals and guitars
- John McGuire – bass and backing vocals
- Neil Sabatino – guitars and backing vocals
- Shaun Simon – keyboards
- Heartbreak in Stereo (2001)
- Long Walk to Forever (Yesterday b/w Lloyd Dobbler) (2000)
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