"I was in the ocean with the water by my lips."
Mikey Way has spoken about the end of My Chemical Romance, and the birth of his subsequent project Electric Century.
Speaking to Billboard, he said that, "The band ended, and I was going through a divorce at the same time. I do the most stressful things in clumps."
"The way I knew how to deal with that, through life, was to self-medicate so that’s what I did. The tail end of My Chem was so dark for me -- I was in a fog."
Here's the last song that MCR released, 'Fake Your Death'.
"Life caught up with me at that point, and I was getting by. I was in the ocean with the water by my lips. I was trying to stay up and I was failing. I had always self-soothed through narcotics from an early age."
Mikey was struggling with drug addiction at the time, and entered rehab.
"When you get out of rehab, especially as much damage as I had done to myself, you’re basically starting over. You’re standing outside of this house that you built, you’re lighting it on fire and you have to start over again."
"You have to learn how to get back what you had without being high. For me to be me, sober, that was the true journey afterwards. When you get out of rehab, that’s when the real s--t starts."
He also said that: "If anything, I thought [My Chemical Romance] were taking a break. I thought, 'Now is the time because we’re taking a break.'"
"Eventually we all decided it should be more than a break. We initially thought it was going to be a break, then we all did some soul-searching and decided, 'No, this is definitely the end.'"
Mikey formed Electric Century shortly after MCR disbanded, and here's a reminder of what they sound like:
"Drug addicts are notorious liars and at the time, I was a notorious liar about my addiction, that I didn’t have a problem," Mikey said, about the story behind ^ that ^ song.
"I was in denial for decades. It was fitting that it was the first song anyone could listen to and that it was released while I was getting admitted into rehab."
The band are releasing their debut album 'For The Night To Control' on July 14, via Panic State. You can pre-order it here.
"I was waiting until my life finally made sense again," Mikey explained. "I woke up one day last summer and it was like, 'Yo, there he is!' I had finally gotten myself back 100 percent."
"I think, down the line, I would love to play the UK and Japan with this. I could see us touring this, but I don’t want to jinx it."