The Buildup: My Chemical Romance's Gerard Way is an Anglophile. At least, he is now! He released a borderline shoegaze solo song in June, he announced that he will make his solo debut at Reading & Leeds, he's covered Pulp's "Common People," and now he's given his first extensive solo interview to NME.
Way is the first to admit it, too. "The whole thing largely feels like a British album," the singer said in regards to his latest venture. "I was able to bring out my Britpop influences tremendously this time. That was really exciting for me. I'd chase that stuff in My Chemical Romance ... now I was able to really draw out what I loved about Supergrass, the stuff I loved about Blur, the stuff that I loved about Pulp, especially This Is Hardcore, that album. The stuff I loved about Lush, Elastica, it's all in there. Even older stuff like Wire, Gang of Four." Watch the interview below!
On July 15, Gerard Way revealed the title of his upcoming solo debut via Twitter. The album will be called Hesitant Alien, and it'll see its release on September 30. The singer also shared a hidden-in-plain-sight teaser a few weeks ago. Stoked!
Watch the teaser below!
The Music: In an exclusive interview with Rolling Stone, Gerard Way explained exactly what he meant when he said he was making a "Britpop" album, his plans for the future, moving on from My Chemical Romance and more. "When I was in art school, I worshiped Britpop," the singer said. "And when I got out, I found myself very depressed and struggling. I kind of desired this new kind of sound, and it was the sound I made with my friends in My Chemical Romance. So it's almost like this solo record is a re-education of what I was into before My Chem."
He revealed that the album title, Hesitant Alien, comes from the disconnect Way always felt to his contemporaries. "Being in a really big machine band like My Chem, I was constantly rallying the outsiders, fighting to get noticed, and then I started to realize 'You know what? You don't fit in, and that's actually how you fit in. You actually are part of that machine.' My whole trip through music, I always felt hesitant, and I always felt like an alien." Read the full interview here!
2. Action Cat
3. No Shows
4. Casting Shadows
6. Zero Zero
8. Drugstore Perfume
9. Get The Gang Together
10. How’s It Going To Be
11. Maya The Psychic
What to Expect: Gerard Way performed at an intimate Reading & Leeds warmup show Monday, August 18, covering The Jesus & Mary Chain and promising that, for the time being, there will be no My Chemical Romance songs in his solo set. He told NME, "I didn't feel this strong urge to do it ... If it does happen in the future it will be because it's the right thing to do."
Way also told the English publication that right before MCR disbanded, he relapsed into alcoholism, a disease he battled early on the band's career. "I was self-medicating again to get through, and I’d forgotten how miserable that made me. It took me to the dark place again, but there was more at stake this time. I started to face the hypothetical reality of [daughter] Bandit not having a father. I started taking that seriously, thinking, 'I want her to have a dad. A guy that's present. Because one way or another—either by death or by asylum, she's gonna be fatherless if I keep this up.’"
10/12 - San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore
10/13 - Los Angeles, CA - Troubadour
10/14 - Los Angeles, CA - Fonda Theatre
10/17 - Philadelphia, PA - Trocadero Theatre
10/19 - Boston, MA - Paradise Rock Club
10/20 - New York, NY - Irving Plaza
10/22 - Sayreville, NJ - Starland Ballroom
10/23 - New York, NY - Webster Hall
02/21 - Adelaide, AUS - Soundwave Festival
02/22 - Melbourne, AUS - Soundwave Festival
02/28 - Sydney, AUS - Soundwave Festival
03/01 - Brisbane, AUS - Soundwave Festival
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