By Kevin Rutherford
Gerard Way is finally releasing a new album, with Hesitant Alien coming this September.
The former My Chemical Romance will release his first solo record Sept. 30 on Warner Bros. Records. It marks his first album of new material since his former band’s breakup in early 2013.
In all, Hesitant Alien features 11 songs, including the single “Action Cat,” which was released earlier this year as the first taste of new music from Way’s solo venture.
“I wanted to make the small things sound big,” Way noted in a 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.”
Doug McKean, an engineer on many of My Chemical Romance’s past albums, produced the record.
Way added that Jarvis Cocker and Damon Albarn were influences on his songwriting, as was Pixies’ Frank Black.
Hesitant Alien will be available for pre-order on Aug. 19 via Way’s website.