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James Dewees
James Dewees
James Dewees in 2014 with The Hormones
Background info
Full name James Matthew Dewees
Birthday/Birthplace (1976-03-13) March 13, 1976 (age 41)
Origin Liberty, Missouri, U.S.
  • Alternative rock
  • pop punk
  • emo
  • metalcore
  • post-hardcore
  • electronicore
  • Vocals
  • piano
  • drums
  • percussion
  • keyboards
  • synthesizers
Active Years 1995–present
Record Labels Vagrant
Worked with
  • Coalesce
  • The Get Up Kids
  • Reggie and the Full Effect
  • New Found Glory
  • My Chemical Romance
  • Leathermouth
  • Death Spells
  • Biffy Clyro
Official Website ratfe.net

James Dewees (Liberty, Missouri, March 13, 1976) is an American musician, who has been involved in numerous musical projects; among them Coalesce, The Get Up Kids, Reggie and the Full Effect, New Found Glory, Leathermouth and Death Spells. Dewees was also the keyboardist for the rock band My Chemical Romance between 2007 and 2013.

James_Dewees’s Biography

Early Years and Coalesce (1996-99)

Dewees was born on March 13, 1976 in the city of Liberty, Missouri. He graduated from Liberty High School in 1994 and entered William Jewell College at Liberty, but was later transferred to the University of Missouri, where he studied music composition. In 1995, he was offered to replace Sean Ingram as lead singer of the hardcore band Coalesce. Nevertheless, several conflicts between Ingram and the band arose and finally these caused that the band separated. In the summer of 1996, Coalesce rejoined, this time with Dewees as drummer. With Coalesce, Dewees recorded two albums Give Them Rope and Functioning on Impatience. Dewees was later expelled from the university for missing too many classes while on tour with the band.

The Get Up Kids (1999-2005; 2008-present)

In 1997, Coalesce played at a music festival in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, along with the band The Get Up Kids, which had just released their first album, Four Minute Mile. Dewees made friends with the guitarist The Get Up Kids, Jim Suptic, when at the end of Coalesce’s presentation Dewees threw his floor tom to the audience and someone tried to steal it, so Dewees was behind him accompanied by Suptic.

Both bands, Coalesce and The Get Up Kids, began collaborating with each other and playing together at various shows. Dewees played the keyboard for the band on EP Red Letter Day, and after its release became a full-time member. After the release of the second album, Something To Write Home About, The Get Up Kids began to receive attention nationwide. In order to take advantage of Something To Write Home About, as well as reduce the gap between their next album, the band released a collection of b-sides entitled Eudora, in 2000. In 2002, the band released their third studio album , On A Wire, produced by Scott Litt. In 2004, the band released their fourth album, Guilt Show. The album was received with a better reception than On A Wire, however, there was a lot of tension between the members of the band, partly why vocalist Matt Pryor, whose wife had recently given birth, wanted to spend more time with his family . Around the beginning of their last tour, the band released Live! @ The Granada Theater, his first live album. On July 2, 2005, the band played their last concert at the Uptown Theater in Kansas City, Missouri, before separating.

The band announced its return at the end of 2008, as a celebration and re-launch of its second album. In 2011, they released a new album, There Are Rules, although their sound moves away from the classic sound of the band, preferring an approach to post-punk and new wave.

Reggie and the Full Effect (1998-2008; 2010; 2013-present)

While playing with The Get Up Kids, Dewees started writing some of his own songs. However, he felt that these did not fit with the musical style of The Get Up Kids, so with the help of his bandmate Matt Pryor, he recorded an LP titled, Greatest Hits 1984-1987, as part of his project in solitatio Reggie and the Full Effect Two years later he released his second album, Promotional Copy.

In 2003, he released a third album titled Under the Tray. After the release of this album, the marriage of Dewees with his first wife, Megan, began to fall apart and would end in a bitter divorce, a situation that inspired his fourth album, Songs Not to Get Married To. Stop: Crappy Town, was produced by Sean Beavan and released on June 17, 2008, through the label Vagrant.

My Chemical Romance (2007-13)

In 2007, Dewees teamed as a keyboardist with the rock band My Chemical Romance. That same year, Dewees acted as minister in the marriage of bassist Mikey Way and his girlfriend at that time, Alicia Simmons. Dewees was present during the tours of his albums The Black Parade (2006) and Danger days: the true lives of the Fabulous Killjoys (2010). In early December 2007, he spoke about becoming an effects controller and background voice for My Chemical Romance. When asked what would happen to his Reggie and the Full Effect project, Dewees commented, “I do not think I’ll have time for it, I’ll have to work on the MCR project next year.” Dewees continued with the band until their separation in 2013.

Other projects

At the end of 2012, he began collaborating with his partner Matt Pryor in a series of demos. The collaboration then became a self-titled EP released in October 2013. It was also part of a digital project, Death Spells, along with his former colleague from My Chemical Romance, Frank Iero. The duo began touring and released their first single “Where Are My Fucking Pills?” and a music video.

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