Gerard Way surprise-releases four new solo songs

Publish Date
Monday, 6 April 2020, 9:33PM
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Like many of us, Gerard Way has been self-isolating in an attempt to help stop the spread of the coronavirus, and while spending time at home the My Chemical Romance frontman decided to share four new solo songs on a whim. He explained his decision in a lengthy Instagram post.

"Hey all, 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," he wrote. "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 continued, clarifying the photo in the post. "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. May add some notes to the tracks. Hope everyone is safe and healthy. Rock on."

Aside from sharing new music, he also encouraged fans to donate to the COVID-19 Response Fund. The four new tracks are called "Phoning It In," “Welcome to the Hotel,” “Success!” and “Crate Amp.” See his post below and listen to the new tunes here.

On Friday (April 3), Way recalled a bizarre dream he had and how it relates to MCR's eventual return to the stage after the band's lauded reunion came to a screeching halt last month, when the coronavirus pandemic forced dozens of artists to cancel or postpone tour dates.

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