Gerard Way reveals label’s panic over ‘fun sound’ for ‘Hesitant Alien’

The former My Chemical Romance man is about to release his debut solo album

Gerard Way has revealed his label’s panic over his new sound for debut solo album ‘Hesitant Alien’.

Speaking to Kerrang!, the former My Chemical Romance frontman opened up about the shock Warner Bros felt after hearing his Britpop inspired record for the first time. “Me doing fun stuff freaked people out,” he said. “Some people almost recoiled from the more fun songs. Like, ‘God, we can’t sell this stuff! He’s become happy! What are we gonna do?!'”

Way also explained how much he enjoyed recording the album, and how refreshing it was to go into the studio with a relaxed attitude. “The best part of this whole record is that I never really started making music seriously,” he claims. “I think that’s what I liked about it.”

“I never thought about what I was doing. I never thought, ‘What’s this going to mean to somebody?’ And thank God I didn’t take it too seriously, because it was fun just sitting there and plugging in the fuzz pedals and trying stuff out. I think that’s kinda when I’m making my best music. Like, with ‘The Black Parade’, I was laughing the whole time. I didn’t take any of that seriously. I thought it was super-funny.”

When pressed about calling time on My Chemical Romance, who split up in 2013, Way stated that irrespective of previous accomplishments such as headlining Reading and Leeds in 2011, he’d have split the band up anyway. “If My Chem never had success, I’d have probably called time at the same point,” he said. “I felt it was time. I could play for 70,000 people or seven. And I really mean that.”

‘Hesitant Alien’ is out on September 29. Read the review here.

Gerard Way will play a five-date UK tour in November. He visit Manchester’s Ritz on November 5 then head to Oxford, Glasgow, Cardiff and finally London’s KOKO on November 10.

Gerard Way will play:

Manchester Ritz (November 5)
Oxford O2 Academy (6)
Glasgow O2 ABC (7)
Cardiff Y Plas (9)
London KOKO (10)

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