Former My Chemical Romance guitarist Ray Toro has announced details of his solo debut.
Toro (pictured above, right) will release solo effort ‘Remember The Laughter’ on November 18. He describes the album as a “light concept record”.
He says: “A middle aged man returns to his childhood home. Hearing a familiar melody, he goes to the attic to find a memory box he never knew was there. As he goes through it, each of the items in the box sparks a memory, and each song represents one of those memories. He explores his loves, his losses, his pains, & his regrets, and recalls the words of hope that his father left him with when he passed. Thematically, the record is about hope. That there is always a glimmer of light in the darkness.”
Adding: “Because the record was written over the course of 3 1/2 years, it feels very much like the memory box the character finds on the record. Lyrically, I tried to communicate the lessons that I have learned from my parents, and explore what I would want to teach my son. In a way, it is my memory box to him.”
Watch a trailer for the release below, as well as a lyric video for the song ‘Take The World’.
It isn’t the first solo project to come following the band’s demise. Frontman Gerard Way released his debut solo album ‘Hesitant Alien’ in 2014, while bandmate Frank Iero released his latest album as Frank Iero and the Patience last week.
Toro was a member of My Chemical Romance from 2001-2013. The band recently sparked rumours of a reunion before announcing a 10-year anniversary reissue of their album ‘The Black Parade’.