Gerard Way Announces Solo Album Details

Former My Chemical Romance frontman will release 'Hesitant Alien' on September 29.

Gerard Way Announces Solo Album Details
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Gerard Way has announced details of his debut solo album "Hesitant Alien," NME reports.

The album will be released on September 29 and will be available to pre-order from August 19. Fans who pre-order the album will receive the tracks "Action Cat" and "No Shows" instantly.

Way states that the album is inspired by bands such as Pulp, Blur and Sleater-Kinney. "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.

"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."

The "Hesitant Alien" tracklist:

01. Bureau
02. Action Cat
03. No Shows
04. Casting Shadows
05. Millions
06. Zero Zero
07. Juarez
08. Drugstore Perfume
09. Get the Gang Together
10. How's It Going to Be
11. Maya the Psychic

Way will play his first ever solo shows at this year's Reading and Leeds Festivals in August.

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    AlexGreat123
    Certainly interested to say the very least. Same with Frank Iero and Ray Toro. Is Mikey Way doing anything??
    x_hud
    Mikey Way has formed a band called 'Electric Century'. No clue about release timeline for the music.
    link no1
    My intention was to make 100 percent uncompromised art, using the currently least radio-friendly instrument, the guitar.
    Wow, nearly cut myself on that edge! But really, he talks about making it 'art'. Isn't all music 'art' anyway, regardless of whether it was made by a guy with no money doing it because it's his passion, or a soulless record company trying to make quick cash from a young beautiful girl who couldn't write a good song if her life depended on it?
    PRSTremontiSE
    I think the focus is on the uncompromised bit; it's what he wants to make, not what the label or radio wants him to make
    tylerthehedgeho
    Really looking forward to this. I listened to Action Cat, and really liked it, but thought it could use a better mixing. Don't know why this guy and MCR got so much hate, I thought they were a pretty good alternative band. On a weird note, I got into My Chemical Romance BIG TIME...4 years AFTER my emo phase.
    spikewolf123
    No one seems to know when this will come out. Rock Sound says the 28th somewhere else says the 30th.
    ryanquinney
    this article youre commenting on say 09/29/14, with preordering beginning 08/19/14