Former My Chemical Romance frontman Gerard Way will release his debut solo album, Hesitant Alien, on Sept. 30 through Warner Bros. Records.
My Chemical Romance broke up March 22, 2013, one month after the final release in the Conventional Weapons series, which culminated in a series of singles released over the course of five months. A greatest-hits collection, May Death Never Stop You, came out last March.
The new solo album will be available for preorder at all digital retailers beginning Tuesday, Aug. 19. Exclusive album bundles also will be available for preorder on GerardWay.com that same day. Fans who preorder the album will receive the track “No Shows” instantly as a free download. The music video for “No Shows” also will be released Aug. 19.
Working with producer Doug McKean, Way knew immediately what he wanted the new effort to sound like.
“I wanted to make the small things sound big,” he says. “My intention was to make 100 percent uncompromised art, using the currently least radio-friendly instrument, the guitar. I knew there would be lots of fuzz pedals. I knew I would play Fender instruments. I knew I would look at who my guitar heroes were in art school, Mary Timony and Carrie Brownstein, and I drew a lot of influence from shoegaze and Britpop. I want the record to sonically galvanize people.” Hesitant Alien was mixed by veteran Tchad Blake (Arctic Monkeys, Black Keys).
Way wrote lyrics about what he knew at the time, “which was struggle, beginnings, finding a newness in the mundane and the abstract,” he says. “I looked to the Britpop poets like Jarvis Cocker and Damon Albarn, drawing upon everyday life. I also experimented with the abstract, and looked at Frank Black‘s work both with the Pixies, and as a solo artist. There was no concept and no call-to-arms.”
Fans will get their first listen of some of the songs on Hesitant Alien when Way performs his first solo shows at the Reading and Leeds Festivals in England. He will perform at Reading on Aug. 22 and at Leeds on Aug. 23.
Listen to “Action Cat” here.
The track listing for Hesitant Alien is as follows:
Get the Gang Together
How’s It Going to Be
Maya the Psychic