Hesitant Alien – the debut solo album from former My Chemical Romance frontman Gerard Way – is now available for pre-order in all standard configurations plus a deluxe bundle giving fans a choice between CD / LP along with an exclusive t-shirt and Hesitant Alienzine hand drawn by Gerard (only 5k printed). Those who pre-order the album will receive the tracks“No Shows” & “Action Cat” instantly as a free download. In addition, the music video for “No Shows”, directed by Jennifer Juniper Stratford, premieres today. Watch the video and pre-order the album at GerardWay.com.
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.”
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. Stay tuned for additional live dates to be announced in the coming weeks.
Listen to “Action Cat” here.