My Chemical Romance, mourners...take a deep breath...because the end is almost here. After unveiling the details of their goodbye/greatest hits LP May Death Never Stop You in late January, the band has revealed the previously-unheard "Fake Your Death"—the set's only new track—that may be the last new MCR song fans ever hear.
"I consider 'Fake Your Death' to be the 'last MCR song,'" frontman Gerard Way wrote on Twitter. "To me, it is absolutely the final, fully realized collaboration between the members of the band."
He continued, "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."
Luckily for longtime MCR fans, "Fake Your Death" showcases the band's signature emotive rock prowess over a production that highlights their proclivity to blend rock, alternative, punk and post-hardcore. Way sings the (bittersweet) lyrics, "I choose defeat, I walk away / And leave this place for sane today / Some like to sleep, we like to play / Just look at all that pain." Listen to the track above accompanied by footage from music videos and behind-the-scenes shots of the New Jersey band.
May Death Never Stop You drops March 25. The greatest hits package comes via a 19-track compilation and a deluxe DVD version featuring a previously unreleased music video and hours of never-before-seen video footage.
Get the full tracklist and complete details about the release here. In the meantime, get your fix with our My Chemical Romance tribute playlist.