Gerard Way reveals how ‘The Umbrella Academy’ has inspired his new music

A series based on the star's comic book series will arrive on Netflix next month

Gerard Way has revealed how working on the TV adaptation of The Umbrella Academy has inspired his new music.

A series based on the former My Chemical Romance star’s comic book series of the same name will arrive on Netflix next month (February 15) and stars the likes of Ellen Page, Robert Sheehan, Mary J. Blige, Tom Hopper, and Aidan Gallagher.

Speaking to Billboard, Way said watching the show being filmed had sparked some new ideas.


“When I was on set the very first day and we were watching the very first shot, which was a scene between Ellen and Aidan,” he said. “It’s the very last shot of the pilot and they’re talking about the end of the world and it’s supposed to cut to black.

“And a song popped into my head for that and I started writing this song that I ended up recording. I haven’t finished it yet, but it’s a song I would love to give to the show.”

The star also said he had been “writing a lot” recently. “There’s three things that are the focus of my life besides family as being the most important thing,” he said. “One, writing these two comics I write – Umbrella Academy and Doom Patrol. Two, making music once a week and releasing new songs – I was trying to do it every month but it’s now going to turn into longer gaps of releasing songs.

“And then my well-being is the other thing, like my physical fitness and my diet, making big life changes and quitting smoking – things like that. I did not take of myself for the last two, three years writing comic books. I’m starting to really take care of myself again.”


Last week (January 24), Way shared a cover of Simon & Garfunkel’s ‘Hazy Shade Of Winter’. The cover, which featured in the trailer for The Umbrella Academy, saw him reunite with his old My Chemical Romance bandmate, Ray Toro.

The pair had worked together last year on the track ‘Getting Down The Germs’, which was released in November. It followed the October release of ‘Baby You’re A Haunted House’.

Earlier this year, Way began teasing another new track called ‘I Am The Hag’. “2018 was a dark year full of black magic in my opinion, so it got me thinking about witches again,” he wrote on his website alongside a photo of a mask. “I was inspired to buy this mask because I had just written a song called I Am The Hag, which I haven’t finished yet. It’s kind of heavy. Maybe I’ll release it in 2019.”


Terry Gilliam: “We’re doomed – what is going on with the world?”

The brain behind some of cinema's craziest epics talks climate change, Adolf Hitler, Brexit Britain – and getting his big break with Terry Jones

Courteeners’ Liam Fray: “The band is my life. When it’s not going great, my life’s not going great”

Fray on the road through darkness that led to new album 'More. Again. Forever.'

Savages’s Jehnny Beth tells us how David Bowie and ‘Peaky Blinders’ shaped her wild solo album

"In my core I felt that there was something that I hadn’t done yet – and that was this record"