Some My Chemical Romance fans might be bummed that the band’s reunion tour was put on hold this year. But don’t fret—their frontman Gerard Way has new material for us.
On Apr. 5, Way made the announcement through Instagram. He explained how he intended to release these demo tracks as singles. Due to the unforeseen events happening in the world, he decided to keep it casual instead and make these songs available on SoundCloud.
His SoundCloud contains four rough versions of new tracks: “Phoning It In,” “Crate Amp” and “Welcome to the Hotel.” “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,” writes the singer. “I’m just winging it, keeping it casual.”
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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. 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? Oh yeah, the music is on my soundcloud, which I haven’t really used in ages. The link is in my linktree, along with a link to the Covid-19 Response Fund. 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 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.
The tracks can be found through his Linktree on ‘gram. He also encourages everyone to donate to a COVID-19 response fund. Since he released these tracks to ease his fans’ pandemic anxiety, he took this time to bring awareness to others in need.
Last December, My Chemical Romance gave us the best Christmas present by reuniting. They ended 2019 with a seven-year overdue performance for lucky fans in Los Angeles. Sadly, their reunion tour dates in Japan, New Zealand and Australia have been postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Don’t worry emo kids, this ain’t the last MCR update of 2020. They are still slated for their North American tour. Plus, we can expect new releases from My Chem as the year progresses.
Listen to the tracks below:
Still from Gerard Way’s “Millions”