Gerard Way releases four-song collection entitled Distraction Or Despair

The MCR singer said those were the two outlooks he’s been going between recently.

Gerard Way

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My Chemical Romance’s reunion tour, like many others, is currently postponed due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. In lieu of this, frontman Gerard Way has shared some a four-song collection of solo material entitled Distraction Or Despair.

Way explained the release in a post on Instagram, writing: “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?

He also explained the slightly bizarre-looking cover art: “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’.

Way concluded by giving the collection a vague title, and also noted that it’s not really a strictly official release: “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.”


My Chemical Romance announced their reunion last Halloween, and following their first comeback shows they were forced to delay their dates in Japan, as well as cancel their appearance at festivals in Australia and New Zealand. Their tour of the US is still planned for September.

Listen to the four-song collection below.

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