GERARD Way has revealed his morale was at an all time low after his former band released their hit LP ‘The Black Parade’ and in hindsight he should have quit the group that made him a star.
After the rockers disbanded in March 2013, Gerard returned to music as a form of “therapy” and from those initial songwriting sessions his debut solo effort ‘Hesitant Alien’ was born.
As he was coming to terms with his depression it was Gerard’s producer, Doug McKean, who advised him to start making music for the enjoyment of it, not any other motivation. The 37-year-old American rocker says the album – out next week – has a “British punk and shoegazey” sound but the main influence was David Bowie.
He said, “People like Damon Albarn, Morrissey, PJ Harvey, Peter Gabriel and Bowie from the Berlin era. All the oddness that I tried to inject into this album came from Bowie’s Berlin era.” – BANG!