I’m totally all for bands who’ve been a pretty big deal for a while/definitive of a scene going all out to put out a final release for their fans, but My Chemical Romance needs to stop tugging at my heart strings. I watched the “Greatest Hits” trailer they released, featuring a new tune, “Fake Your Death”, and it nearly made me cry.
Gerard’s voice is stunning. It’s matured so much and I haven’t heard it in far too long. Gerard considers it “a eulogy for the band”, and that’s the best way to put it. It’s totally unlike anything they’ve ever done, and it is just so perfect. The beat and pop feel of it makes my heart ache because I know I’ll never see them perform it live.
“Oddly, or fittingly, it was written while the Los Angeles Kings beat the New Jersey Devils and won the Stanley Cup,” the band explains in a statement about the tune. “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.”
The video is gut wrenching. It’s a trip down memory lane, from ‘Revenge’-era MCR and The Black Parade, to some snapshots of the Killjoys. Seeing them all laughing and spending time together really reminded me exactly why I love this band so much. One of the most beautiful sentiments of all was, “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.” It’s like a bad breakup where you have a lump in your throat and you know that you’ll never see each other again- gosh I’m getting emotional.
The song is off of what was intended to be their fifth studio album- the concept for it was a support group for parents who had lost their children. It is incomplete and will never be finished.
No no, I’m not crying, I just have a little bit of MCR nostalgia in my eye.