Gerard Way Makes His Intergalactic Television Debut
  • FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 2014

  • Posted by: K. Hess

Gerard Way—best known for his temporary reign as King of the Emo kids and lead singer of My Chemical Romance—has traded in the marching band jacket and eye liner for a sharp blue blazer and some slightly more subtle eye shadow. Way is getting ready to release his first solo album, Hesitant Alien, and his aesthetic seems to have shifted from the gym class drama of early 2000s teenage misery to something, frankly, much more interesting: aliens, comics, and the future as seen from the past. Having never been a fan of My Chemical Romance—unfortunately I can't claim sophisticated taste here, I just preferred regrettable tattoos with my bad eye liner, but even still, I can't say I've reached through my Drive-Thru Records archives since I lost my virginity, I didn't have super high hopes for Gerard Way's new project. Turns out Way and I might have just met a little too soon in high school, and now that we're all grown up we might have something to talk about.

"No Shows", Way's first single off the forthcoming Hesitant Alien, is much less cut-yourself pop and much more brit-band pop with a retro rub. The video takes place on an Ed Sullivan style TV show called Pink Station Zero, a reference to a station in his latest comic series (yeah, dude writes comic books, twist) in the fictional future. It's a future, however, that seems to be a low budget imagination of the infinite '80s. Way, who has a bit of a Duran Duran sound going on, has a bit of a retro futuristic Beatles on Ed Sullivan look going on. "No Shows" seems to be the introduction to an interesting narrative, one in which we see a little bit more artistic flex and control from Way, that I imagine will unfold on the rest of the record.

Hesitant Alien is out September 29th via Reprise Records, you can pre-order it here.

Watch the out dated future performance from Gerard Way in "No Shows," below:

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