Former My Chemical Romance frontman Gerard Way says the band's new song "Fake Your Own Death" is essentially its eulogy.
The track will be released on the group's upcoming greatest hits album May Death Never Stop You, and Way said via Twitter that he considers it the "final fully realized collaboration" between the members of My Chemical Romance. He adds that looking back now, he knew "internally" that it would be the band's last, noting that he felt "an odd sense of sadness and loss" while he was writing it.
“Fake Your Death” Somewhere in the liner notes for “May Death Never Stop You”, there are written statements (cont) http://t.co/Jd0p2QOpSo— Gerard Way (@gerardway) January 21, 2014
Check out the full statement below:
“Fake Your Death”
Somewhere in the liner notes for “May Death Never Stop You”, there are written statements about each song on the collection. These statements were contributed by the members of the band and reflect their personal thoughts on the songs (dispersed to members at random). There is however, one song that bears no statement.
I consider “Fake Your Death” to be the “last MCR song”, and to me, it is absolutely the final fully realized collaboration between the members of the band. Oddly, or fittingly, it was written while the Los Angeles Kings beat the New Jersey Devils and won the Stanley Cup, though this did not inform or inspire the song as I was unaware (along with James and Doug) that this was happening and have only a small interest in sports. After the game, the rest of the band had arrived at the studio where we added elements to its existing structure, fleshing it out some more, and it started to form.
What was not so obvious at the time was that the song was, and would serve as, a eulogy for the band, though I should have known it from the lyrics. I think internally I did, as I felt an odd sense of sadness and loss after hearing back the words on top of the music. I also felt a strange sense of pride in how honest it was, and could not remember a band recording a song of this nature, being so self-aware. Ending felt like something honest, and honest always feels like something new.
So it will exist, and it is no cowardly act to release something of this nature, but a service to those who believed in a band that did not compromise, and a wave goodbye to all. And yes, it is fucking heartbreaking.
And while I don’t believe the lyrics of the chorus today- I did at the time, which to me is a core ingredient to the music of MCR. And it is through that belief, and yours, that we were able to achieve many beautiful things.
-G.Way, Los Angeles, 1-20-14
My Chemical Romance called it quits back in March of last year after more than a decade together. Their final project, May Death Never Stop You, is scheduled to hit stores on March 25th.
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