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My Chemical Romance - "Fake Your Death" Review (STREAMING NOW)

Perhaps the greatest gift of all was knowing that they understood their fans, and with this last testament, we know for sure they were still thinking about us when the ball finally dropped off.
Perhaps the greatest gift of all was knowing that they understood their fans, and with this last testament, we know for sure they were still thinking about us when the ball finally dropped off.
My Chemical Romance

My Chemical Romance - Fake Your Death

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My Chemical Romance officially released its last song "Fake Your Death" via BBC Radio 1 yesterday. You can stream it on the website, or download it on iTunes.

Former frontman Gerard Way said of the song:

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."

I'm not a huge fan of My Chemical Romance (the last good album, for me, was The Black Parade), but this one actually did it for me.

We get a taste of what was real about MCR the second the song starts. In the snap of the fingers, we're brought immediately back to the very bitter end of the group, when the announcement was made that the fifth unreleased album would never see completion and the members conceded they were over and out.

"Some people watch, some people pray, but even lights can fade away."

For me at least, these opening lines coupled with the solemn piano, following an intense beat and clap and backing vocals that lead into the chorus before picking up for verse two is amazing. You're immediately drawn in like any good heartfelt MCR song, but what's even better is that it makes you feel like the group understood, because they did. They knew their fans better than a lot of people, and the fact that they left us with this to remember them by reminds us that My Chemical Romance isn't dead.

Well, it is technically, but it lives on in the hearts and minds of everyone who loved them, or will love them. Just because no new music will ever follow "Fake Your Death" doesn't retract from everything they created over the years, including the way they moved, inspired, and saved a whole community of fans all over the world. My Chemical Romance will never be gone because we'll always have evidence that they were here, and what they created was real, and that fact alone driven home by this last single, is a last bow of inspiration that I think a lot of us needed to know.

Songs are often written as testaments to relationships, family, personal troubles, or as universal guidelines for the fans that have raised up bands to the height of their careers. Often times though, a song gains a meaning in the individual, and in this case, the stark vulnerability the song showcases, suggests Gerard either wrote it subconsciously while the thought of leaving MCR was still on his mind, or more likely, just gained its meaning long after all was already said and done.

We had the privilege of talking to Frank Iero back in September when he visited A&M in Lyndhurst, and what's following him should be amazing, though, we haven't heard much from what the other members are up to right now, and even Frank's stuff is light year's behind where we want it to be.

Thankfully, My Chemical Romance gave us one last hoorah to remember them by. Whether that was its intention or not, doesn't really matter. To the fans, and everyone who loved MCR, to people who are about to just go back and be touched by their years as a band having just discovered them, this final emotional piece was the song that we deserved to hear.

In short: It was a fitting ending to what this writer considers a long, meaningful, and painstaking career.