Album ‘Hesitant Alien’ out now; teaser is available here.
“The world needs rockstars. And Gerard has proved himself to be one of the best.” – Kerrang!
“Reinvents himself with shades of Britpop and Bowie… Gerard Way has wiped the slate clean and started afresh, with invigorating results.” – NME
“A confident, swaggering set of songs packed with joie de vivre.” – The Guardian
Former My Chemical Romance frontman Gerard Way’s entire debut UK tour sold-out in less than 5 minutes, which has prompted the addition of newly confirmed London show at the O2 Brixton Academy on January 23rd. The announcement comes on the day that his eagerly anticipated solo album ‘Hesitant Alien’ is released.
The reaction to his initial solo shows – a low-key introduction in Portsmouth as well as opening slots at the Reading and Leeds Festivals – demonstrated that his solo work will also be blessed with the huge fan adoration that accompanied My Chemical Romance’s rise to the top.
Gerard Way will play the following shows:
November – SOLD-OUT
5th – Manchester, Ritz
6th – Oxford, O2 Academy
7th – Glasgow, O2 ABC
9th – Cardiff, University Students’ Union – Y Plas
10th – London Koko
23rd – London, O2 Brixton Academy (ADDED DATE)
Tickets for the Brixton show are on sale now, priced at £26.50.
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 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.”