Nearly a year after Gerard Way called it quits on My Chemical Romance, bassist Mikey Way has opened up about the disbandment.
"I was going through it and it was sad, like the passing of a family member," Way told Kerrang. "But over time I got great joy and pleasure from reflecting. I was able to truly put on some songs and be like, 'Wow, we really did something. We cracked the heavens.'
"With MCR we were so busy, I was never able to stop and smell the roses, or evaluate myself completely. That's what the past year was all about. I was able to dig deep inside myself and become the man I always wanted to be."
Way's statement follows last month's release of "Fake Your Death," a track Gerard Way called the "last" My Chemical Romance song. Earlier this year the frontman wrote on Twitter, "What was not so obvious at the time [we recorded 'Fake Your Death'] 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."
"Fake Your Death" is also featured on MCR's greatest hits compilation, May Death Never Stop You, which dropped March 25.