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article imageGerard Way drops first single from new solo album

By Kathleen Creighton     Aug 31, 2014 in Music
The break-up of My Chemical Romance in March of 2013 was not the end of music for front man Gerard Way. He was already deep in the creation process of his solo album when he announced signing with his previous label in May of this year.
Way has been popping up in California and in UK performing tracks from the upcoming Hesitant Alien debut album. But the first official single with music video was release on August 19th. "No Shows" is the world's first look and listen to a whole new side of Gerard Way.
"No Shows" was a good choice for the opening single as it showcases all the the elements Way has discussed with various music media outlets. It is a clean break from My Chemical Romance in every way. Honestly, it has elements of "British Invasion" of the early 1960s even though Way says his muses were from the 90s. Lots of guitars with big pop effects and a great bridge with crazy keyboards. The digital games played with the vocals fit this track very well. The music video is a very simple performance video that, again, gives a nod to the 1960s and 70s when there were numerous variety shows that lent their stages to the latest rising stars. Way has toned down the look to very simple "suit and tie," even if it is a bit reminiscent of later tours of Three Cheers.... He hasn't gotten over wild hair color though but it's okay. His "alien" needs to be at least a little out-of-the-box. If there is anything negative about "No Show," at least in the recorded track, the lyrics can be difficult to understand at times but it doesn't matter because after reading the included text version on YouTube, they don't make much sense. The song is for fun and to dance to so, at the end of the day, it's not a big deal.
As for the entire album, in a previous interview with NME and comments made to Alternative Press, the NJ native talked about the inspirations that shaped this album. Old influences that had been with him even in his MCR days but that had to be set aside, are now getting the opportunity to have their day in the sun. Bands like Pulp, Lush, Elastica, Wire and Gang Of Four all get nods in the new songs. Way states " it sounds like a British album." Besides the afore mention guitars, all of which are Fender products, with Big Muff pedals, phasers and "Fender blenders," the vocals are mainly single layer unlike the multi tracks and harmonizing previously heard in MCR recordings. It's definitely very vintage but surely not dated.
Speaking about up coming live shows in a behind-the-scenes chat with NME, Way spoke about MCR's Reading and Leeds experiences and then how they were so different from what he has planned for his solo performance. Surprisingly Way, who has a flair for dramatics and theatricality said that in the first live shows for the new album the most audience's can expect is some lighting effects. Hesitant Alien is not concept album so there are no props, costumes, set pieces or pyro required to tell the story. Way says that he is going for intimacy and rawness. Performances will be "loud and fuzzy."
Hesitant Alien is scheduled to drop on September 30 and the first official tour begins October 12 in San Francisco. Way returns to his home stage at Starland Ballroom on October 22. He is on the bill for this year's CMJ Festival in New York City which incorporates into this tour.
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