There’s been a long-standing, at times insufferable debate as to whether or not My Chemical Romance were an really an emo band. While that description was accurate in terms of the lyrical sentiments, it didn’t reflect their actual sound, a manic mix of early Queen, Iron Maiden, The Misfits and The Smiths. But no matter where they’re categorized, for some listeners coming of age and not fitting during the early noughts, they were the only band that mattered. While their signature song “Welcome To The Black Parade” was epically bombastic and capable of driving moms crazy, it also had an unfailingly earnest, empathetic and melodic heart beating inside of it.
Australian power-popper Alex Lahey calls “Welcome To The Black Parade” “sacred.” And her passionate cover for Triple J’s “Like a Version” series honors that reverence and just plain rocks with love. It also features a guest turn from G Flip, an equally cool up-and-coming pop star who provides both percussion and visibly unbridled joy.