It was a sad day when My Chemical Romance broke up in 2013. The gloom-pop-punk band called it a day after 12 years. In March of this year, fans took solace in their greatest hits compilation “May Death Never Stop You.” It included a previously unreleased track and in the deluxe version, a DVD and a black armband.
Fans also took comfort in frontman Gerard Way’s comic book “The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys.” It was Way’s second series for Dark Horse Comics, following his creep-tastic collaboration with artist Gabriel Bá on “The Umbrella Academy.” ‘Killjoys” was a sort of follow-up to My Chemical Romance’s (AKA MCR) final album “Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys.”
In a press release issued today by BB Gun Press, it was announced that fans may now pre-order Way’s forthcoming debut solo album entitled “Hesitant Alien” (Reprise Records) from the Gerard Way website. With that pre-order, fans will receive instant downloads of “No Shows” and “Action Cat.” Also in today's Way news: the debut of the video for "No Shows," directed by Jennifer Juniper Stratford.
“I wanted to make the small things sound big," said Way, via the BB Gun press release. "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 shoe-gaze and Britpop. I want the record to sonically galvanize people."
Way’s inspiration was not limited to Helium’s Timony and Sleater-Kinney’s Brownstein. “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."
“Hesitant Alien” was produced by Doug McKean, who was an engineer on multiple MCR albums, and mixed by Grammy winner Tchad Blake (Suzanne Vega, The Black Keys). The release date is scheduled for September 30 on CD, vinyl, and digital formats. On the Gerard Way website, there is also a deluxe bundle available for pre-order. The deluxe bundle includes an exclusive “Warm & Fuzzy” t-shirt, “Hesitant Alien” zine drawn by Way, plus a “Hesitant Alien” button pack for the first 2,000 orders. Or as us Britpop fans say, “badges.”