Gerard Way has released a statement about his future plans including new music and a book!
Talking on his Afternoon Pages of his website, Gerard took the time to reflect on 2016 as well as catch us all up on what he has planned for the forthcoming year. He also mentioned creating a space in his house for a studio so he can create some “really weird stuff.”
Check out the full statement below:
“It’s been a moment. And a trying time since October when we last spoke. I basically hit a point where I didn’t feel like I had anything constructive to contribute, so I made myself scarce. I really needed to do some thinking and growing, and the last couple years have definitely been a journey of personal growth. Lots to learn, always learning. It did always seem like something was coming up in the world news that kept contributing to my absence. And I feel like I should clarify that I’m talking about world events and not personal life events. After getting over a hump, I have been the most mentally healthy I could possibly be in a long time. I definitely hit a new place, a stronger place. My family and I have been extremely lucky as far as our personal year has gone, and we are grateful. Healthy and happy—you can’t ask for much else.
I appreciate that people have been respecting my space in terms of not being on twitter so I can focus on work and myself. My mental health thanks you.
But it did seem like something was always coming up, getting in the way of communication. Over the years, I just think this is how I operate—sometimes I’m around, and sometimes I’m not. I used to attribute the times when I was around to manic episodes, and then the times when I am gone to depressed phases, but I think it’s a little more basic than that. I think I just have a limit to how available I can make myself over long periods of time, especially when I’m learning things. So, I think my life will always be a series of disappearing and reappearing acts. I’m at peace with that.
Carrie Fisher. That was a kind of wake up call. It was another moment where I felt like just closing myself off again. Of course, like many people, I am a big fan of her work on screen, and she contributed a great deal to my childhood, but it was also her advocacy for mental health, her outspoken critique of celebrity and industry, and her openness about addiction that I always respected tremendously. And her way of being inspired me, opening the doors to talk about mental health. Even recently, I didn’t think labels were healthy in regards how it can position you to be some sort of tool for someone else’s agenda, but I have come to accept that sometimes, facing exactly what you are can be very liberating—it takes the power away from the bogeyman. I will miss her dearly. And George Michael—a booming voice, an amazing talent, and a quietly charitable individual. Watching him struggle over the years with being in the public eye had been difficult, and eventually something I think everyone can now relate to, us all being in the public eye constantly. He inspired me in many ways. And we lost so many amazing and talented people this year, my thoughts are with all of them.
So yeah, I just woke up today and felt like communicating. It didn’t seem like things in the world were going to get good enough for me to open a door to step through to talk to you, so I just had to force the door open. I burned some sage and cleansed the demons and sat down and started writing this.
I have been extremely focused and busy with writing Doom Patrol and heading Young Animal. We are a little late at the moment with Doom Patrol, so I am doing my best to stay on top of things and Nick is working hard to make sure we can produce the best possible book for you guys. Through all of the work we still connect every day and fan the sparks of our ideas. The fire is very real there, and the thing that keeps us going and fighting hard is knowing that we have amazing things to share with you guys, so thank you so much for understanding that sometimes things take a little extra time. I have also been able to re-engage with Umbrella Academy as I catch up on Doom. Doom Patrol is a monthly book, so sometimes it forces you to make it a priority, and Umbrella Academy is a series of mini-arcs that come out when they are ready, so you can see the conflict there. Aside from working on myself mentally, I’ve also had to start adjusting to new ways of working, constantly striving to raise my output. I have always been detail-obsessed and perfection-oriented, so it takes a little learning to let things out into the world. You can only labor over something so long. I don’t think I’ve ever finished an album or a comic, they just come out when they have to.
Music—I’ll start with my music. I am always writing music, I am very lucky that way—there is always an idea and something that inspires me, even if it takes me a minute to figure out what I want to say, which is what really creates the space between releases. I am about to convert a structure on our property into a recording studio, which actually won’t take a lot of work as the space is already pretty perfect. Great drums sounds and church ceilings. Secret echo chambers. I look forward to making some really weird stuff here, and mine for the really hard to get diamonds. Moving into the new year, my focus will become split into music and comics, now that Young Animal is running well (thanks to Molly and Jamie’s hard work, and Dan and Jim’s support) it gives me more breathing room to make sounds, some of which may even be connected to the comics. But we will continue to expand Young Animal and it has been made known to me that the imprint is an essential part of DC Comics moving forward. That is a nice feeling. I’m excited to keep doing it.
As far as music as it relates to my process and the things I have been working on, I have been creating comics almost exclusively while listening to Alessandro Cortini, an analog/digital artist and musician that creates these amazing soundscapes and melodies. You should check out Forse 1-3, though I love absolutely everything he does and it’s all worth a look. It has been the total soundtrack as I come to a close on writing the first 6 issue arc of Doom Patrol. It helps my head breathe. I even listen to it in the morning when I drive Bandit to school so it starts my brain in the right place. And a friend of mine has just turned me onto this amazing band called Culture Abuse, and their album, Peach, is in fact a peach. Their single also has the image of a brick on it, and bricks, especially lone bricks, are very important to the story I am currently writing. Sometimes the universe lines up like that.”
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11. Gerard Way recorded a song in his undies
How did Gerard get the right vibe when he was doing his vocals for You Know What They Do To Guys Like Us In Prison? He could’ve gone to prison, or gone and done stuff to guys like himself in a prison, but time is money in the studio, and it’s surprisingly difficult to get into a prison (especially if you want to get out again in time to meet your record deadline). So instead, he stripped down to his Y-fronts and belted this out. Clutch, you do not need to follow suit.
10. They recorded real pain
Of the very worst kind as well: toothache. While recording his vocals for I Brought You My Bullets…, Gerard Way was suffering from an abscess in one of his teeth. Which is like trying to be a weightlifter with an arrow sticking out of your arm. Brush, kids, brush.
9. Gerard Way is allergic to cats
Apparently so. And we’ve just made up a story that The Black Parade was gonna be called The Cat Parade until a red-eyed, sneezing Gerard pulled the plug on the whole thing, but that would just be silly.9. Gerard Way is allergic to cats
8. They’ve got Black Flag’s approval
The next time someone looks down their nose and tries to give you some pish about My Chem not having any punk cred, point them in Keith Morris’ direction. Black Flag’s be-dreaded, one-time frontman did backing vocals on Hang ‘Em High. Stick that in your bondage trousers and smoke it, losers.
7. The Black Parade almost wasn’t called that
Gerard once said The Black Parade was going to be called The Rise And Fall Of My Chemical Romance, in tribute to David Bowie’s The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars. Turns out the sly bugger was having us on. "It was never the title of the album, more a spoof, or joke," he revealed. A very funny joke, we thought, as we threw out our My Chemical Stardust costumes and waited for them to release the album.
6. Their name’s British
It was during Mikey Way’s time as a sales assistant in Barnes & Nobel that he hit upon the idea of what his brother’s new band could be called. He’d discovered a book by Scottish author Irvine Welsh entitled The Acid House: Three Tales Of Chemical Romance. Presumably the idea of calling the band Filth, Porno or Trainspotting didn’t appeal much to Gerard.
5. They toured with Christian bands
Out of necessity, you understand. "Basically, [emo has] never been accurate to describe us,” Gerard once said. “Emo bands were being booked while we were touring with Christian metal bands because no one would book us on tours.” Sadly, not one of those Christian metal bands were Stryper.
4. Why Ray Toro got the gig…
Bloke’s a bloody genius, Ray Toro is. A taskmaster who by his own admission works his bandmates hard, but it’s a small price to pay to have such a creative, brilliant guitarist in your ranks. And he got the guitarist spot in the band after Gerard Way discovered he couldn’t play guitar and sing at the same time. Which was very lucky, don’t you think?
3. They were going from the get go
Three months after My Chem formed, they were in a studio recording their first album, 2002’s I Brought You My Bullets, You Brought Me Your Love. Twelve weeks to get the band up and running, get all them songs together, get them set, and get signed and sorted for a record. Industrious lads, them Chems.
2. Their videos are as good as Nirvana’s
Let us explain that before you lynch us. They are of the same caliber as Nirvana’s. And Green Day’s for that matter. The link? Sam Beyer who directed Famous Last Words also controlled the camera for the Smells Like Teen Spirit and American Idiot videos. Not bad company to be in, all told.
1. They didn’t like Twilight much
At one time, My Chem and Twilight would have gone together like fangs and a lily-white neck. But times change, and by the time the makers of the Twilight movies had come knocking seeking the band for the soundtrack, they’d already upped and left the vampire party. “There’s a lot of people chasing that fucking money,” said Gerard Way. “‘Twilight?’ A lot of people around us were like, ‘please, for the love of God, do this fucking movie.’ But we’d moved on.” And written a song called Vampire Money just to twist the knife.
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