My Chemical Romance - May Death Never Stop You
The 22nd March 2013 was a fairly regular day for most, a day that passed without incident - unless you were a My Chemical Romance fan. Announcing their split with a short paragraph on their official website, the rumour mill sprang into action (publicity stunt? record company shenanigans?) until singer Gerard Way posted a fairly long statement on Twitter in which he essentially confessed that his heart wasn’t in the band anymore.
Just over a year later, a greatest hits collection arrives on our doorstep: May Death Never Stop You. Could it be any more emo? So shameless cash grab or satisfying tribute to a band who meant a lot to a proper tribe of black-clad youth? There are shades of both in the package. The previously unreleased ‘Fake Your Death’ (which Way called the final MCR song) sounds a lot like closure (“I choose defeat, I walk away”) despite its chirpy bounce, and certainly a line under their story - at least for now. Firm fan favourites such as ‘You Know What They Do To Guys Like Us In Prison’ from 2004’s Three Cheers For Sweet Revenge and ‘Cancer’ & ‘Mama’ from 2006’s The Black Parade are present and correct, but there are strange omissions too: ‘I Don’t Love You’, ‘The Only Hope For Me Is You’ and nothing from the band’s ‘Conventional Weapons’ series of singles. As is often the case with these things, May Death ... is a reasonable introduction to MCR's career, but only scratches the surface.
But what next for the members of the band now that MCR is no more? Gerard Way and guitarist Frank Iero are currently working on respective solo albums, whilst guitarist Ray Toro also works on solo material and production duties for other artists. Bassist Mikey Way has a new band in the form of Electric Century. My Chemical Romance and their radio friendly emo sensibilities may be dead but this collection proves that they will never be forgotten, and that their spirit will live on.