Watch! Gerard Way releases video for ‘Millions’

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Gerard Way has released a video for new track, “Millions.”

Lifted from his debut solo album, Hesitant Alien, released last week, the video sees Way performing the song set against a backdrop of 1980s style visuals reminiscent of Talking Heads’ “Once In A Lifetime”.

You can watch the video below:

Hesitant Alien entered the UK album charts at No.14 this week, with Way announcing a series of live dates in the UK for November.

The former My Chemical Romance frontman will play:

Nov 05th: Manchester Ritz
Nov 06th: Oxford O2 Academy
Nov 07th: Glasgow O2 ABC
Nov 09th: Cardiff Y Plas
Nov 10th: London KOKO

You can read Skin Back Alley’s review of Hesitant Alien here.

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Album Review: Gerard Way | Hesitant Alien

GW Hesitant Alien CoverOur Verdict: 3/5
Release date: 29th September
Find it on: Warner Bros. records
Review by: Cameron Millar

“An album incorporating elements from his old band as well as late 80s Britpop… Gerard Way’s collection of clever and interesting riffs ultimately leaves you wanting more than it delivers.”

When My Chemical Romance broke up in February 2013, the internet was filled with thousands upon thousands of blog posts and tweets from anguished and distressed fans. Here comes some comfort. Ex-MCR frontman and lead vocalist Gerard Way has released an album incorporating elements from his old band as well as late 80s Britpop. On Hesitant Alien he is joined by his former bandmate and brother Mikey Way on backing vocals and one-time MCR collaborator, drummer Jarrod Alexander. The album is packed with little hints and references to Danger Days and Conventional Weapons. Straight off the bat you can tell it’s heavily influenced by Gerard’s MCR contributions, reminiscent of songs like “The Only Hope for Me Is You” from the former, and “Ambulance” from the latter.

“Bureau” opens with a head-noddable tempo, discordant guitars and subtle background noises, like phone ringing tones, towards the end. It’s repetitive, but not in a bad way. The album swiftly moves on to “Action Cat”, with driving power chords and massive, noisy, echoey drums. Is Gerard referencing unrealistic expectations of beauty with the line “we want television bodies that we can keep”? It wouldn’t be surprising considering his cynical take on a lot of popular culture. There are also lots of references to “missing”. Could this be a tribute to his fans or has he been missing the music industry?

“No Shows” is where Gerard’s obsession with Britpop really kicks in – the video is a direct reference to shows like Top of the Pops and Old Grey Whistle Test but with a sci-fi twist under the name Pink Station Zero, complete with intentionally dated lighting and camera effects. The song has an oddly jarring key-change that might appeal to some… but not to me.

“Brother” takes the pounding piano chords and sentimental and sombre yet self-righteous lyrics directly from The Black Parade, but without the influence of the other members marching behind him. “Zero Zero” starts industrial with a Bloc Party-style guitar riff. The song sounds angry at times, getting its message across in traditional doom and gloom style, which should, again, feel familiar to fans returning to Gerard’s music.

“Juarez” has Gerard describing himself as the “heavy metal master”, treading a thin line between pop-rock and deeper, heavier post-hardcore. The song has an attitude, aspiring to stir up the more disaffected teens in his audience.

In contrast, “Drugstore Perfume” starts with a psychedelic swirl that metamorphoses into a stadium anthem that should be a cue for crowds to reach for their phones and lighters. The song slows down again towards the end and smoothly transitions into “Get the Gang Together” which returns to Britpop, with parts sounding like Blur, Elastica and even Sleeper.

“How’s It Going To Be” seems like a bit of a mess, its skipping rhythm is jarring and is in conflict with the rest of the album. Definitely a low point. It seems like a disposable pop track rather than Way’s usual troubled, sardonic opinion on the world. He picks it up slightly with “Maya the Psychic”. It’s certainly an improvement on the previous track but it’s nothing special. It’s lacklustre and leaves you wanting more than it delivers. Not the way to end the album

Gerard Way delivers a collection of clever and interesting riffs but towards the end fails to deliver and seems to be hesitant to give the spark of the first eight tracks to the last three. Almost alienating in fact.

Hesitant Alien is out now on Warner Bros. records.

Way will play the following UK live dates during November:

Nov 05th: Manchester Ritz
Nov 06th: Oxford O2 Academy
Nov 07th: Glasgow O2 ABC
Nov 08th: Cardiff Y Plas
Nov 10th: London Koko

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New music releases, 29th September 2014

Here are the new and notable music releases for this week, 29th September 2014:

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The Weird and Wonderful Marmozets, Marmozets

Hesitant Alien, Gerard Way
Art Official Age, Prince
Plectrumelectrum, Prince and 3rdeyegirl
Down Where The Spirit Meets The Bone, Lucinda Williams
R-Kive (Box set), Genesis
Greatest Hits, Levellers
Give My Love To London, Marianne Faithfull
Time To Die, Electric Wizard
Blood Mantra, Decapitated
The Stories We Could Tell, Mr.Big
Back To Oblivion, Finch
Bringing Back The Sunshine, Black Shelton
Soundtracks (Box Set), Ry Cooder
Last Act Of Defiance, Sick Of It All
Pure Heavy, Audrey Horne
Hymns For The Broken, Evergrey
The Ophidian Trek, Meshuggah
Live At The Forum, The Boxer Rebellion
Thrill Of Night, Grand Design
The Great Divide, Enchant
V For Vaselines, The Vaselines
Redemption, Saracen
The Dwarves Invented Rock N Roll, The Dwarves
Everybody Knows We Got Nowhere (Remastered), Heads
The Return, Nonpoint
Roads To The North, Panopticon
Sonic Child, Zodiac
Rise Of The Empress, White Empress
Til Endes, Khold

You can buy all of the above – and many more! – at the Skin Back Alley Music Store, powered by Amazon.

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Gerard Way announces UK tour for November

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Gerard Way has announced a five date UK tour in November.

The former My Chemical Romance frontman releases his debut solo album, Hesitant Alien, on the 29th of September.

The singer-songwriter made his official debut at Reading Festival on the 22nd of August, where he opened the NME/BBC Radio 1 Stage. During the set Way played eight tracks from his new album plus a cover of The Jesus & Mary Chain’s “Snakedriver.”

Way will play the following UK live dates during November:

Nov 05th: Manchester Ritz
Nov 06th: Oxford O2 Academy
Nov 07th: Glasgow O2 ABC
Nov 08th: Cardiff Y Plas
Nov 10th: London Koko

The full tracklisting for Hesitant Alien is:

GW Hesitant Alien Cover01. “Bureau”
02. “Action Cat”
03. “No Shows”
04. “Casting Shadows”
05. “Millions”
06. “Zero Zero”
07. “Juarez”
08. “Drugstore Perfume”
09. “Get The Gang Together”
10. “How’s It Going To Be”
11. “Maya The Psychic”

Tickets go on sale this Friday 26th of September via gigsandtours.com and ticketmaster.co.uk

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Gerard Way releases new Hesitant Alien album details

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Former My Chemical Romance frontman Gerard Way has revealed further details of his debut solo LP.

Hesitant Alien is due for release via Warner Bros. records on the 30th of September.

Speaking of the imminent release, Way said: “My intention was to make 100 percent uncompromised art, using the currently least radio-friendly instrument, the guitar. I knew there would be lots of fuzz pedals. I knew I would play Fender instruments. I knew I would look at who my guitar heroes were in art school, Mary Timony and Carrie Brownstein, and I drew a lot of influence from shoe-gaze and Britpop. I want the record to sonically galvanize people.”

“I looked to the Britpop poets like Jarvis Cocker and Damon Albarn, drawing upon every day life,” he continued. “I also experimented with the abstract, and looked at Frank Black’s work both with the Pixies, and as a solo artist. There was no concept and no call-to-arms.”

The tracklisting for Hesitant Alien is:

1. “Bureau”
2. “Action Cat”
3. “No Shows”
4. “Casting Shadows”
5. “Millions”
6. “Zero Zero”
7. “Juarez”
8. “Drugstore Perfume”
9. “Get The Gang Together”
10. “How’s It Going To Be”
11. “Maya The Psychic”

Way will be playing sets at this years Reading & Leeds Festival, taking place between 22nd – 24th August. You can watch a teaser trailer for Hesitant Alien below:

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