Gerard Way On A My Chemical Romance Reunion: “I Don’t Think So”
Following yesterday’s release of a brilliant cover of Happy Together, a new interview with Gerard Way has gone online today (February 9) via The Guardian – and in it the former My Chemical Romance frontman has once again shut down talk of a reunion.
First discussing the band’s 2010 record Danger Days, Gerard opened up about the pressure that came with the sort of success My Chem had: “When things start to succeed and go really well, that’s when a lot of people start to have an opinion and that’s when you run into struggle. Everybody had a fucking opinion about what MCR should be. So it made it difficult to figure out what direction to take next. You get caught up in this trap of, ‘Is it ever gonna be good enough?’”
“It wasn’t fun to make stuff any more,” he added. “I think breaking up the band broke us out of that machine.”
Gerard also revealed that it’s “a constant thing” of My Chemical Romance receiving offers to reunite. “It’s flattering, it’s really nice of people…” he said, before adding: “I miss playing with the guys, but I don’t think so…”
Anyhow, in an interview with Billboard last month, Gerard revealed that being on the set of new Netflix series The Umbrella Academy inspired him to write new solo music.
“When I was on set the very first day and we were watching the very first shot which was a scene between Ellen [Page, who plays Vanya] and Aidan [Gallagher, who plays Number Five], it’s the very last shot of the pilot and they’re talking about the end of the world and it’s supposed to cut to black,” he said. “And a song popped into my head for that, and I started writing this song that I ended up recording. I haven’t finished it yet, but it’s a song I would love to give to the show.”
The musician also revealed that his focus recently hasn’t just been on Umbrella Academy – he’s “been writing a lot”.
“There’s three things that are kind of the focus of my life besides family as being the most important thing,” he continues. “One, writing these two comics I write, Umbrella Academy and Doom Patrol. Two, making music once a week and releasing new songs – I was trying to do it every month but it’s now going to turn into longer gaps of releasing songs. And then my well-being is the other thing, like my physical fitness and my diet, making big life changes and quitting smoking, things like that. I did not take care of myself for the last two, three years writing comic books. I’m starting to really take care of myself again.”
The Umbrella Academy is out on February 15. Check out the epic trailer below: