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Name(s): bandom
Scope/Focus: Fall Out Boy, Panic! at the Disco, My Chemical Romance, and associated bands
Date(s): 2005 - Present
See also: Bandom Primer, RPF, Bandom (Music Source Text), Bandslash, Popslash, LoTRiPS, CWRPS
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For other definitions, see Bandom (disambiguation).

Bandom, as it is used to describe the Real People Fiction fandom featuring a large but specific group of bands primarily composed of My Chemical Romance, Fall Out Boy, and Panic at the Disco, is a portmanteau of bandslash and fandom. The term's first use is hard to pinpoint, but it first became popular in early 2007 when a new wave of fans became interested in the bands and their surrounding fandom. See Bandom Terminology Debate.


Because the majority of the musicians in the bands are male, slash is the most common genre, though het and femslash, often featuring the female musicians and more commonly the wives and girlfriends (WAGs) of the musicians, as well as gen can be found.

Furthermore, the bands that make up bandom are all interlinking, usually having developed a relationship through touring together, being on the same record label (specifically Fueled by Ramen/Decaydance), or having band members who were previously in other band together.[1] In fact, because of the degree of interconnectedness of these bands, fen will often jokingly make reference to Six Degrees of Wentz, where all the bands can be linked back to Pete Wentz (bassist of Fall Out Boy) and each others with less than six degrees of separation. As a result, most of these band members will often appear in supporting roles even in fanworks not centered around their band, making crossover a popular and predominant genre though they would not often be labeled as such anymore.

Core bands

Fall Out Boy (FOB) is a pop-punk band from Chicago. The members are Patrick Stump(h) (lead vocals; guitar), Pete Wentz (lyrics; bass), Joe Trohman (guitar), and Andy Hurley (drums).

My Chemical Romance (MCR or My Chem) is a punk-rock band from New Jersey. The members are Gerard Way (lead vocals; lyrics), Frank Iero (guitar), Ray Toro (guitar), and Mikey Way (bass). Touring musicians for the band include James DeWees (keyboard; backing vocals) and Jarrod Alexander (drums). Former members include Bob Bryar (drums; 2004-2010) and Matt Pelissier (drums; 2001-2004).

Panic! at the Disco (P!atD or Panic!) is a band from Las Vegas that happily defies categorisation (but has been called anything from punk, pop, punk-cabaret, dance-punk, to emo). Until the summer of 2009, the members were Brendon Urie (lead vocals; guitar; keyboard), Ryan Ross (occasional lead vocals; backing vocals; guitar), Jon Walker (bass; backing vocals), the lone Chicagoan of the band, and Spencer Smith (drums). In the summer of 2009, Panic split up, with Ryan and Jon leaving the band to form The Young Veins, while Brendon and Spencer remained as Panic! At The Disco (taking back their exclamation point). Ian Crawford and Dallon Weekes have joined as touring musicians on guitar and bass, respectively.

Second Tier Bands

Cobra Starship - Gabe Saporta, Ryland and Alex, Nate, and VickyT

The Academy Is... (TAI) was discovered in 2004 by Pete Wentz, who convinced Fueled By Ramen to sign them as was inspired by their success to create his own label, Decaydance. Frontman William Beckett is highly popular in Bandom, but often appears coupled in fanfiction with members of other bands, such as Gabe Saporta (Cobra Starship) or Travis McCoy (Gym Class Heroes), rather than members of his own band. Butcher/Sisky also appears as a background pairing in some fics, and as the focus of a Racebending Revenge fic Home is hard to tell by redsnake05

The Cab is one of the newer of the Bandom bands, signing to Decaydance in 2007 with the help of fellow Las Vegans Panic! at the Disco. Along with Panic! at the Disco, it is one of the most popular bands to feature GSF. The name stands for "The Cash and Alex band" and most of the members are called Alex, apart from Ian who went to join Panic after the Panic split.

Third Tier Bands

Gym Class Heroes (GCH) is signed to the FBR/Decaydance label.


The Hush Sound (THS) is a FBR/Decaydance band that has been on hiatus since 2008 and whose members are currently involved in other projects. Singer Greta Salpeter is notable as the only other female band member in the main of Bandom besides Cobra's Vicky-T, and thus Greta/Vicky-T femslash is relatively popular.

All-American Rejects (AAR)

The Used

Hey Monday is signed to the Decaydance label.

Other Associated Bands

Mindless Self Indulgence (MSI) is notable for their connections to My Chemical Romance. MSI bassist LynZ and MCR frontman Gerard Way got married backstage after Projekt Revolution in 2007, for which the two bands toured together. Kitty, their drummer, also often appears in fics which need an extra minor female character.

The Sounds is a Swedish band, associated with Bandom by singer Maja Ivarsson's appearance on the Cobra Starship debut single "Snakes on a Plane (Bring It)" for the 2006 film Snakes on a Plane. At the time, Cobra Starship had only one member, singer Gabe Saporta, but the single also featured William Beckett (TAI), Travie McCoy (GCH), and Nick Wheeler (AAR).

The Like is an all-girl band, so popular when someone tries to include more female characters or femslash in their fic. Z Berg, the lead singer, came to the attention of bandom when she and Ryan Ross were dating and got fake-married on Twitter. Their first incarnation was Z, Tennessee and Charlotte, then Charlotte left amid drama (see lyrics to Narcissus in a Red Dress on their second album), and Laena and Annie joined. picspam intro by annemaris

The Long Island Bands

The Long Island bands to which Brand New, Taking Back Sunday, and Straylight Run are often referred, being from Long Island, are also of peripheral interest to bandom. These bands all share a significant link, as members of each band were in a band together at some point in the past.[2] Taking Back Sunday has also toured frequently with MCR and are good friends with them.

Band Origins

Many of the band members have been in bands prior to their current ones and those bands are rather notable within bandom, including Pencey Prep, Midtown, and 504Plan.

Fueled By Ramen/Decaydance

Fueled By Ramen (FBR) is a record label, founded by John Janick and Vinnie Fiorello (drummer of Less Than Jake) in 1996 and based off of Florida, to which Fall Out Boy is signed; FBR is sometimes referred as Fall Out Boy's indie label as they are also under contract with Island Records. When Pete Wentz (bassist of Fall Out Boy) founded Decaydance Records in 2005, it was an imprint label under Fueled By Ramen - any acts signed to Decaydance Records were also signed to Fueled By Ramen, i.e. Gym Class Heroes, Panic at the Disco, The Hush Sound, Cobra Starship, The Cab, but the contract between Decaydance Records and Fueled By Ramen has since expired.[3][4]


There are many popular pairings in bandom, both intra-band and inter-band, the latter of which is sometimes referred to as crossover pairings. The most popular pairings are usually based on band members' public relationships with each other or fan-perceived relationships.

Almost any conceivable pairing can be found, and many fen don their tin hats and promote their favourite pairing using picspams, vidspams, and quotes to illustrate the connection between the band members involved. Individual pairing love is encouraged, and ship wars are almost non-existent. bandom_ships is a community created to celebrate one's OTP, OT3 or GSF with ship manifestos, much like the multi-fandom LiveJournal community ship_manifesto.

Unlike many other fandoms, bandom pairings are not usually referred to by a portmanteau, though some pairings do have such names:

Other common pairings include:

A large subset of bandom fic features multiple pairings amongst several bands. These can be either canon-based stories (commonly set during tours while the bands were out on the road together) or AUs.

  • A good multi-pairing AU example is queensheep's The Hammond Affair. This 96,000-word Jurassic Park AU features no less than 10 pairings, both inter- and intra-band.

-- need more pairings and links to communities here --

Bandom community

  • Dotcoms_refresh on LJ is a popular newsletter community, which links to fanworks, news and meta
  • Bandom Big Bang on LJ - does what it says on the tin, and has had several popular rounds or waves.
  • Bandom Reverse Big Bang on LJ is a Big Bang challenge where artwork, mixes, and voice performances are created and used as inspiration for fics.

The Fourth Wall

[discussion of the closeness of interaction between fen and the band members through blogging and meet and greets. specifically the breaching of the 4th wall: band members reading fic about themselves and possibly commenting on it] [An Essay on Fandom and Celebrity Interactions]

On New Year's Eve 2007, a post from the Empires official myspace to drummer Ryan Luciani consisted solely of a direct quote from a (now-friendslocked) NC-17 Tom Conrad/Bob Bryar LiveJournal fanfic. Furthermore, the timestamp of the myspace comment corresponds to an anonymous comment left on the fic, containing only the phrase "Just beautiful." It is generally thought that it was Tom Conrad (Empires guitarist, ex-TAI) himself who left the comments, though it conceivably may have been anyone who had access to the account. [6]

Shortly thereafter, in February 2008, Victoria Asher of Cobra Starship left a comment from her official LiveJournal on an NC-17 Greta/Vicky-T femslash fic, saying that a fan had sent her the link and "reading this stuff is so entertaining." [7] Victoria and bassist Alex Suarez also discussed fanfiction in a 2007 interview,[8] in which Suarez admitted to having read some and jokingly complained about always being portrayed as a "bitch" in slash.

Many other bands have also addressed the topic of fanfiction in interviews, including My Chemical Romance [9], and even during concerts, such as All Time Low [10].


Many key events in bandom occurred around 2004-2007, including The Summer of Like in 2005. Bandom is still an active fandom is 2011, helped by MCR and Panic both releasing new albums, Patrick Stump releasing a new EP and Pete Wentz going on tour with Black Cards. MCR's album "Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys" also spawned a lot of fic set in the AU world of the concept album. (This has happened before for other concept albums and single videos in bandom, but not in such a large volume or as such a distinct subset of the fandom.)

External links


  1. wistfuljane. Subset Bandom Connection. 16 December 2007. (Accessed 28 October 2008.)
  2. helluvalot at bandom_primers. Brand New/Long Island Primer. 12 May 2008. (Accessed 1 February 2011.)
  3. Schupak, Amanda. Fall Back Boy. Forbes, 2 July 2007. (Accessed 28 October 2008.)
  4. Levine, Robert. An Alternative Approach to Marketing Rock Bands. The New York Times, 5 May 2008. (Accessed 28 October 2008.)
  5. Gabe Saporta has been known to reference this portmanteau himself. See, for example, his instragram photo featuring him and Bill, entitled "Gabilliam." (Accessed 2 April 2012.)
  6. kalpurna. Just beautiful. 4 January 2008. (Accessed 23 January 2011.)
  7. victoriaja. from Vickyt. 13 February 2008. (Accessed 23 January 2010.)
  8. pyraterose. Cobra Starship Discusses Fan Fiction. 25 November 2007. (Accessed 23 January 2011.)
  9. JVillamarin. MCR responds to Fanfiction. 13 June 2007. (Accessed 23 January 2011.)
  10. tobykins. All Time Low Talking About Fan-Fic. 19 January 2008. (Accessed 23 January 2011.)

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