Former My Chemical Romance frontman Gerard Way will release his debut solo album, entitled Hesitant Alien, on September 30th via Warner Bros. Records. The new album will be available for pre-order at all digital retailers beginning Tuesday, August 19th. Exclusive album bundles will also be available for pre-order on GerardWay.com on the same date. Fans who pre-order the album will receive the track “No Shows” instantly as a free download. The music video for “No Shows” will also be released on August 19th. Please see below for the full track-listing.
Working with producer Doug McKean, Way knew immediately what he wanted Hesitant Alien 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 shoe-gaze and Britpop. I want the record to sonically galvanize people.” Hesitant Alien was mixed by Tchad Blake (Arctic Monkeys, Black Keys).
Lyrically, Way wrote 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 every day 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 to 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 August 22nd and at Leeds on August 23rd.
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
Photo credit: Eric Ray Davidson
There’s a small feature with details about Frank’s upcoming music video in this weeks issue of Kerrang!
Over the past three years, Epiphone.com has had a running conversation with Frank Iero, inventor of the Phant-o-matic Wilshire and co-lead guitarist with pop sensation My Chemical Romance. When MCR broke up in early 2013, Frank granted us one of his first interviews and we’ve been along for the ride as he stepped back, re-grouped, and began making music again. Frank popped in to see us during NAMM and offered Epiphone and many of our friends around the world a sneak peak at his new album Stomachaches. And of course, we sat down with Frank before the show to talk shop about guitars and the mysterious ways of the music muse.
Read the interview @ epiphone.
Working at the comic shop, age 16. Wearing a Cry For Dawn shirt, Tick button, shorts. Reading Film Threat magazine. #bowlcut
First of all, you can miss me with the “as a true fan, I support his decision” BS because I’ve been over this thousands of time within the years of running this blog. Expressing anything other than sunshine and rainbows over decisions and things said by the band doesn’t make me any less of a fan. You don’t have to understand why I’m upset, I didn’t ask you too, just like I’m not asking people to explain to me why they might be okay with what he said if they are. Because feelings about the break-up and their would be reunion are just that, feelings. Opinions based off of feelings and everyone’s are different. No one need explain themselves when it comes to whether they are angry or not about it.
And as a “true fan” I understand that human aspect of other fans feelings and opinions.
In case you’re like me and missed it, Gerard participated in a live webchat with Wacom today. Fortunately a youtube video of the chat has been posted in it’s entirety.
There aren’t a lot of comic creators who can say that they’ve won an Eisner Award while simultaneously touring the world with their rock bands, but then again, +Gerard Way ’s not most comic pros. A published artist before graduating from college, Way went on to co-create the Eisner-winning ‘The Umbrella Academy,’ plus ‘The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys’ during his time in My Chemical Romance. Now, with a solo album on the horizon, the writer and artist has signed on for a flurry of new comics projects including work at Marvel, Vertigo and other prominent publishers. Join us next Wednesday July 16th at 11am PT for a Live G+ Hangout with this creative force of nature in conversation with Wacom’s Techman Joe and Caleb Goellner.
I mean, I’m not saying I’m not eager to hear what the guys produce individually, I’m just disappointed my MCR hopes and dreams have now been dismembered, packed with cement, and thrown to the bottom of the ocean.
It’s like, those cakes with real strawberry fruit, the cake layers, the whipped cream and the drizzle. All of those components are tasty on their own but when you put them together it’s even better and nothing at all like tasting them on their own, you know what I mean?
Am I talking crazy? Probably, but this is the best analogy I could come up with at 9 in the morning.
It’s alright. I’ve got Alkaline Trio. Matt Skiba would never. ~ Can’t wait to see them in October and I still can’t believe I’m going to Chicago all by myself.