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My Chemical Romance share first song in eight years, ‘The Foundations Of Decay’

'The Foundations Of Decay' arrives ahead of their reunion tour starting next week

By Charlotte Krol

Gerard Way of My Chemical Romance seen performing live in 2008
Gerard Way of My Chemical Romance. (Picture: Flickr/NRK P3)

My Chemical Romance have released a surprise new song – listen to ‘The Foundations Of Decay’.

The emo group, who disbanded in 2013 and released their “eulogy” final song ‘Fake Your Death’ the following year, have been gearing up for a reunion tour from this spring. Fans have been hoping for a new album, however there has been no news of one so far.

‘The Foundations Of Decay’ is a six-minute epic that hears frontman Gerard Way appearing to comment on the 9/11 attacks. Way has spoken previously about how the terror attacks led to My Chemical Romance‘s formation.

“Starting Mychem was a direct result of everything we experienced and witnessed during those horrific events,” Way wrote of the attacks on the Twin Towers in New York City. “The world changed that day, and the next day we set about trying to change the world.

“Mychem has always been bigger than its parts. Even when the band took time away the MCRmy was there spreading the work and living the message of ​’Keep Yourself Alive!’ Today we are collectively older and wiser, but still there to carry on when we hear the call.

“The past 20 years have been about healing, dusting off and getting back up, and living life to our highest potential. On this monumental anniversary let us all think about those we lost that day and the days since. Keep those loved ones close and their memories alive by thinking ​’what would they have wanted us to be doing today?'”

Some of the lyrics in the new song read: “See the man who stands upon the hill, he dreams of all the battles won / but fate had left its scars upon his face, with all the damage they had done.

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.”

The track arrives ahead of the band’s tour that begins next week, which includes a show in Milton Keynes with Placebo, Fever and others.

My Chemical Romance upcoming UK and Ireland tour dates 2022 (see full dates including Europe, North America and beyond here):

16 – Eden Sessions, St Austell
19 – Stadium MK, Milton Keynes
21 – Stadium MK, Milton Keynes
22 – Stadium MK, Milton Keynes
24 – Royal Hospital Kilmainham, Dublin
25 – Royal Hospital Kilmainham, Dublin
27 – Victoria Park, Warrington
28 – Sophia Gardens, Cardiff
30 – OVO Hydro, Glasgow

MCR reunited to play their first show in seven years on December 20, 2019 at the Shrine Auditorium & Expo Hall in Los Angeles. The show grossed a record $1.5 million, which was the most in the venue’s history.