New Jersey Group My Chemical Romance has resurfaced with fresh material for its many adoring fans.
The song, titled “The Foundations of Decay” (see YouTube video below), is the band’s first release since 2014. The track serves as an appetizer for the band’s international tour, which begins May 16 in St. Austell, England and will see Gerard Road and company back in Newark this fall.
As soon as the emo rock heroes shared a new song on social media on Thursday night, crowds of MCR diehards consumed the track.
For at least a few hours it was like the beginning again.
Fans pressed the 6-minute song’s play to find lyrics that spoke about the 9/11 attacks.
Singer Gerard Way, 45, who grew up in Belleville, founded My Chemical Romance in the wake of the 2001 terrorist attacks.
Working as an intern for Cartoon Network before that day, he was deeply affected by the collapse of the World Trade Center. Way witnessed the smoke billowing from the New York towers and, from a wharf on the Hudson River, their devastating collapse. He was inspired to change paths and write what would become the band’s first song – “Skylines and Turnstiles”.
“This broken city sky, like butane on my skin, stolen from my eyes,” he sings in the track, which appeared on the band’s debut album, “I Brought You My Bullets, You Brought Me Your Love “, released in 2002. .
In “The Foundations of Decay”, written by Way, he reflects on this broken city sky:
“He was there the day the towers fell,” Way sings. “And so he wandered down the road, and we were all building our own towers, only to watch the parts corrode.”
My Chemical Romance is made up of Way; his brother, bassist Mikey Way; and guitarists Frank Iero, also from Belleville; and Ray Toro of Kearny. Drummer Matt Pelissier (a founding member of the band along with fellow Summit native Way) and keyboardist James Dewees are former members.
The band has had six albums on the Billboard 200, starting with “Three Cheers For Sweet Revenge” in 2004.
Her best-selling album was the 2006 release “The Black Parade”, which reached No. 2 on the chart. The album’s song “Welcome to the Black Parade” was the band’s highest charting track on the Billboard Hot 100, at No. 9. A theatrical music video for the song, posted to YouTube in 2009, has over 250 million views.
By Thursday’s end, the band’s new song had already claimed almost half a million views.
My Chemical Romance broke up in 2013. Their last release was “May Death Never Stop You”, a 2014 compilation album featuring a new song, “Fake Your Death”.
But the group was ready to launch a comeback.
After reuniting for a show in late 2019, the Jersey band announced they would be performing in the UK and North America in 2020.
When the COVID-19 pandemic caused legions of shows to be canceled, the band rescheduled those dates to 2021. A second postponement moved those dates to 2022.
After their European tour ended in June, the band played in the United States, starting in Oklahoma City in August. On August 27, MCR played at UBS Arena in Elmont, New York, followed two days later by Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia.
And the band will be to be in New York for 9/11.
My Chemical Romance will play at Barclays Center in Brooklyn on September 10 and 11 and bring it back to the Prudential Center in Newark on September 20 and 21 before heading to California and Australia.
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