The breakup of My Chemical Romance has become a lot more real with the release of their last song ever as a band, “Fake Your Death”. The time has come to sit and sob over the fact that this band who has touched millions will never ever release another song together (*crosses fingers that they pull a Fall Out Boy in a couple years*).The music of “Fake Your Death” is very much piano and percussion-focused while still playing with a hint of guitar and bass in an obviously funeral-esque fashion. It almost sounds like a subdued, even more melancholy version of their 2006 hit single “Welcome to the Black Parade”.
What’s even more heartbreaking about the band breaking up is the fact that “Fake Your Death” is littered with lines about how the MCR days are over (especially with the line “but even lights can fade away”). Its chorus “I choose defeat, I walk away/and leave this place for sane today…” even gives the listener a preview into why the breakup may have been needed (since 3/4 of the band are married with children).
I’ve got to admit that I was a little disappointed that Gerard Way didn’t start belting out the lyrics more towards the end but overall it isn’t the worst song in the world. My Chemical Romance has left their imprint on the hearts of many and “Fake Your Death” can easily be the track that fans will turn to when they want to reminisce.
– Heather Allen
My Chemical Romance, you disappointed me. I was expecting so much more from “Fake Your Death”, your FINAL single ever. I was expecting something reminiscent of The Black Parade or Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge. I was expecting the old MCR to burst out with one final fuck-you to the world. A parting shot to remember them by.Yet I was greeted with something that was very non-MCR. It’s not that I don’t understand the song’s symbolism. That I understand. I don’t particularly care for the execution of the song. They essentially depressed me with it. Sure, they’re never going to make music again, but did they have to write a song that is an almost disgustingly poppy take on the emo genre which has practically died now?
My question is: Why the hell couldn’t they lace the song with angst and aggression? Create a closing song that will leave a huge impact. Don’t confirm what I already know: that they’re breaking up. Tell people not to give up hope or something like that. Tell me to keep believing in MCR’s moral idea and everything they stood for. A final rejection of society’s norms; one final song to instill hope in my generation. That would have made for a great closing song.
– Craig Roxburgh