With the announcement of "May Death Never Stop You" greatest hits album, former My Chemical Romance frontman Gerard Way opened up about the band's split and the message behind the previously unreleased "Fake Your Death" track.
The singer described the compilation's opening tune as the band's final song, calling it a "wave goodbye to all" in a recent extended tweet. "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," Way noted.
"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," the vocalist continued.
"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."
Gerard ultimately concluded: "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 f--king 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."
"May Death Never Stop You" is scheduled for March 25 release via Reprise Records. Head over to iTunes for pre-orders and song previews.