Published Apr 05, 2020With My Chemical Romance's world tour halted for the time being, frontman Gerard Way has surprised eager fans with some new tracks to tide them over.
The artist's latest solo effort comes in the form of four new yet unfinished solo tracks. "Phoning It In," "Crate Amp," "Welcome to the Hotel" and "Success!" were all posted to the artist's SoundCloud yesterday evening (April 4), alongside a message letting fans know that he's "just winging it, keeping it casual."
The four songs arrive as a part of a project Way has dubbed Distraction or Despair.
Read his statement about the work below.
With all this uncertainty I just wanted to start uploading some unreleased stuff. Just so people can check it out and have something to listen to. Just felt like sharing. I think I have a bunch of this stuff, as Doug and I have been recording little bits here and there over the years. Some of these, like "Phoning It In," were things that I planned on releasing as singles, and I may still do that at some point when I finish them, but I figured why not. It feels good to share. Who knows if some of this stuff would have ever come out?
In case you are wondering, this is a picture of my vocal cords, from when I went to see the ear/nose/throat doc before embarking on this my chem journey, to make sure everything was in order. He said, "It's a little red, but looking good". I'm calling all of this stuff Distraction Or Despair, since that seems to be the two things I keep shifting between. Probably a lot of other people too. But I think only some of the tracks are tied to an "album" of that name. I'm just winging it, keeping it casual.
Way is currently working with Kevin Smith for his Clerks 3 soundtrack. His latest solo studio album was 2014's, Hesitant Alien. My Chemical Romance last released an album in 2010.
Listen to his new songs below.