Frank Iero explains reference to My Chemical Romance with solo single, “Young and Doomed”

Samir Hussein/Getty ImagesMy Chemical Romance fans were probably not OK when guitarist Frank Iero referenced his former band in a new track with his solo project, Frank Iero and the Future Violents.

In the song "Young and Doomed," the lead single off his upcoming album Barriers, Iero sings "I promise that I'm not okay/Oh wait, that's the other guy," a reference, of course, to the MCR classic "I'm Not Okay (I Promise)" and frontman Gerard Way.

Speaking to Hysteria magazine, Iero explains that the line was his way of "breaking down this fourth wall."

"To me, it was very much like reading a comic and you find out that two super heroes are in the same universe even though they don’t necessarily interact," he says. "I like the fact that it called back to previous works."

Iero adds that he knew that the lyric would have a certain effect on My Chem fans, who still mourn the band, six years after it broke up.

"I knew that it was going to cause some disruption for others," Iero laughs. "But what I was hoping for was that attention would be brought to what I was actually trying to say within the song."

"Young and Doomed" is out now, and Barriers will drop this Friday, May 31.

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