My Chemical Romance have surprised emo fans with their first new music in eight years
Fans are beginning to speculate whether upcoming tour setlists could feature more new music
My Chemical Romance (MCR) have made an unexpected return with the release of a new song called ‘The Foundations of Decay’.
The reunited band, who broke up in 2013 after 12 years together, are getting ready to embark on a UK and European tour next week.
The band has revealed their first new material in eight years ahead of those massive shows.
Here is everything you need to know about it.
What is ‘The Foundations of Decay’ about?
The song begins with static noise before introducing a peaceful electric guitar, piano and a laid-back drumbeat, all of which are accompanied by Way's distorted vocals.
It then crescendos into a chorus, with Billboard describing it as a "full-blown head banger with all the anthemic force of MCR’s beloved 2006 track 'Welcome to the Black Parade.'"
MCR formed shortly after the September 11 attacks; frontman Gerard Way has stated multiple times that witnessing the tragedy inspired him to pursue music.
Way also appears to comment on the attacks in the new track, singing: “And he was there, the day the towers fell / And so he wandered down the road / And we would all build towers of our own / Only to watch the roots corrode / But it’s much too late / You’re in the race / So we’ll press / And press ’til you can’t take it anymore.”
What are the full lyrics of the new song?
Will there be more new music?
Fans are now wondering whether the band's upcoming reunion gigs will include more new songs on the setlist - could a fourth album even be on the way?
Despite tour preparations, MCR have yet to say whether or not they will release more new music, though a new instrumental track was featured in a teaser for their initial reunion gigs in 2020
Gerard Way did say in an interview last year that he had been writing songs, but he didn't say if they were for MCR, a solo project, or something else.
'Fake Your Own Death,' the band's last new music, was released in 2014 and was regarded as the band's "eulogy" following their split the year before.
Where can I listen to it?
‘The Foundations of Delay’ is available to stream on all of the major platforms, including Spotify and YouTube.
How can I get tour tickets?