Gerard Way says that people thought My Chemical Romance were a ‘death cult’

The singer says he's 'not carrying around damage' now he's gone solo

Former My Chemical Romance frontman Gerard Way has spoken of the “combative energy” of the group and how people misconstrued them as being a “death cult”.

Gerard Way released his debut solo album ‘Hesitant Alien’ in September, after releasing four studio records with My Chemical Romance.

“I’m incredibly proud of My Chemical Romance and I’m so happy with what we accomplished, but a lot of what My Chemical Romance was about was coming from a place of aggression and youth and anger and frustration,” Way recently told Kerrang!. “That attracts an energy, and you carry that energy with you all over the world.”

Way continued: “I remember touring on the [MCR album] ‘The Black Parade’ and everywhere we went… the combative energy that would surround the band was big. Not within the band, but from external things, like people you’d run into in the street who thought we were a death cult. It attracted a lot of aggression. I think it was an important band that changed things, but it attracted a certain thing. I think now I’m not carrying around damage. I don’t think these songs are written from a place of damage. It feels lighter, everything feels more free.”

Meanwhile, Way has discussed his decision not to play My Chemical Romance songs live, saying in the video interview below: “There was a moment when I was weighing up the options but it just doesn’t feel like the right time yet. I didn’t feel this strong urge to do it.”

Way told NME: “I also wouldn’t want to false advertise, I don’t think it’s the sort of thing I’m going to be doing a lot. If it does happen in the future it will be because it’s the right thing to do.”

Gerard Way recently covered Sleater-Kinney’s ‘I Wanna Be Your Joey Ramone’ live during a show in New York.