| Doug McKean|
29 September 2014
| Gerard Way|
| September 29, 2014 (2014-09-29)|
Lightning Sound Studio (Hidden Hills, California), Sonic Ranch (Tornillo, Texas), 2014
Britpop, Alternative rock, Pop music, Shoegazing, Grunge, Post-punk
Kerrang! Award for Best Album
Gerard Way albums, Alternative rock albums
Hesitant Alien is the debut studio album by Gerard Way, former lead singer of the American rock band My Chemical Romance, released in the US on September 29, 2014 and on September 30 worldwide. It was officially announced in May 2014, although demos of the songs "Zero Zero" and "Millions" have circulated since 2012. The album was produced by Doug McKean, known for his work as recording engineer on a number of projects with producer Rob Cavallo, including several releases by My Chemical Romance. Hesitant Alien received mostly positive reviews, and was a moderate commercial success reaching No. 16 on the US Billboard 200 and some international charts. To support the album, Way assembled a touring band made up of select musicians who contributed to the album and were called "The Hormones".
On March 22, 2013, My Chemical Romance officially disbanded. This was followed by the release of a greatest hits album entitled May Death Never Stop You a year later. Having recently signed with Warner Bros. Records, Gerard went on to announce the beginning of his solo career with the release of an advance-single, "Action Cat", on June 11, 2014. This was accompanied by a new website featuring concept artwork for the album and a new logo. The album's first single, "No Shows", was released on August 18, 2014. "Millions", the second single, was released on November 17, anticipated by a music video released on October 6.
"No Shows" was released to radio on August 25, 2014. Hesitant Alien was released on September 29, in the UK, and a day later in the U.S. Pre-orders for both the vinyl and CD versions of the album became available in August, featuring a T-shirt and promotional zine created specifically for the pre-orders. On September 29, 2014, Way premiered Hesitant Alien on the online platform VyRT during a listening party with album commentary. The following month, Way and The Hormones appeared as the musical guest on an episode of Conan. They also toured extensively throughout the world in 2014 and 2015, and performed at several festivals. On Record Store Day 2016, Way released two exclusive, unreleased tracks from Hesitant Alien titled "Don't Try" and "Pinkish".
The album has received very positive reviews. David McLaughlin from Rock Sound magazine stated that some of the songs from the album were some of the best Way has written to date, labelling the album as alternative rock. He also stated that it is nothing like the efforts made into the albums of My Chemical Romance. Jason Pettigrew from Alternative Press said: "Now in his late-30s, he’s going back to the things that turned him on, pretentious ’70s glam-rock, fractured ’80s post-punk and all the English sonic conventions of ’90s Britpop and shoegazer noise", and that the album "has enough requisite cool and clamor to insure he stays both relevant and remarkably vibrant".
Hesitant Alien topped the "Ten Essential Albums Of 2014" list in Alternative Press. The album was included at number 24 on Rock Sound's "Top 50 Albums of the Year" list. The album was included at number 4 on Kerrang!'s "The Top 50 Rock Albums Of 2014" list.Gerard Way – lead vocals, piano, guitar, percussion; bass guitar on "The Bureau" and "No Shows"; keyboards in "How It's Going to Be"
Ian Fowles – guitar; percussion on "Get the Gang Together"
Matt Gorney – bass guitar; piano on "The Bureau"; guitars on "Brother"; background vocals on "Millions"; percussion on "Get the Gang Together"
Jarrod Alexander – drums, percussion
Jamie Muhoberac – keyboards
James Dewees - keyboards
Jason Freese – horn on "No Shows" and "Get the Gang Together"
Tom Rasulo – percussions on "Action Cat"
Mikey Way – backing vocals on "Millions"
Sabina Olague – spoken word on "Juarez"
Doug McKean – production
Tom Rasulo – engineer
Andrew Law – assistant engineer
Gerardo "Jerry" Ordonez – assistant engineer
Zach Mauldin – assistant engineer
Lance Sumner – assistant engineer
Tchad Blake – mixing
Bob Ludwig – mastering
Gerard Way – art direction
Norman Wonderly – art direction
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