GERARD WAY VIDEO FOR NEW TRACK ‘NO SHOWS’ NOW ONLINE:
PRE-ORDER FOR GERARD WAY’S UPCOMING SOLO DEBUT, HESITANT ALIEN, ALSO LAUNCHES TODAY
Set to open the Reading and Leeds festivals this weekend
Anticipation for former My Chemical Romance frontman Gerard Way’s debut album ‘HESITANT ALIEN’ continues to gather pace, this time with the news that the video for the brand new track ‘NO SHOWS’ (directed by multimedia artist Jennifer Juniper Stratford) is now online and impacts Sep 29th.
Today also sees ‘NO SHOWS’ released as an instant grat incentive for everyone who pre-orders ‘HESITANT ALIEN’. A deluxe bundle is also available which packages the CD or vinyl format of the album together with an exclusive t-shirt and a limited edition ‘HESITANT ALIEN’ zine which was hand-drawn by Gerard and limited to a print run of 5000 copies.
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, BlackKeys).
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.”
Fans will get their first listen to some of the songs on ‘HESITANT ALIEN’ when Way performs his first solo shows at this weekend’sReading and Leeds Festivals. Plans for further touring are also in the works, with details set to be announced shortly.
The track-listing for ‘HESITANT ALIEN’ is as follows:
Get The Gang Together
How’s It Going To Be
Maya The Psychic