Since New Jersey pop-punk band My Chemical Romance split back in 2013, lead singer Gerard Way has received far more media attention than his former bandmates, with his debut solo album Hesitant Aliens set to drop in September. However, guitarist Ray Toro has been quietly recording some demos as well, and today, he announced that he will be entering the studio next week via his new website raytoro.com.
In a message posted to his website, Toro said that he will be working with producer Doug McKean, who also produced Gerard Way's album, to record songs for his "next project." Toro has uploaded some demos of these new songs to his Soundcloud page, which you can listen to below.
In addition to this new website and demos, Toro has also created a solo Facebook page, which you can visit right here.
Check out Ray Toro's demo of "LAYK" right here:
You can check out Ray Toro's full announcement right here:
"Welcome to my website. Over the past two years, I've stayed mostly silent about what I've been up to. It seems if you aren't active on Twitter or Facebook you are considered erased, washed up dead on an endless shore of tweets, likes and favs. I am here to tell you I am not dead. In fact, I am very much alive.
The last two years has been a time of immense transition for me. I've said goodbye to the old friend that was MCR. I've spent my time learning how to write songs on my own, learning how to sing, and most importantly learning how to be a great father and husband. Becoming a father has taught me countless lessons about life and love. Hopes and dreams. Who I am, and who I want to be. Being a parent, you will see the best of yourself. And you will see the ugliest parts of yourself. My wife has been right by my side in this school of hard knocks. Through it all, she has taught me to look inside myself. To better myself. To believe in myself.
With all that said, I am pleased to announce I will be entering the studio next week with Doug McKean to track the first clutch of songs for my next project. I am beyond excited to share them with the world. I know that Doug will take my vision, and with the skill of a magician, help conjure it into reality. Throughout the process, I will be posting pictures, audio teasers, and behind the scenes video, so keep an eye on my Twitter feed and website for updates!
Thank you all for visiting. I do hope you stay awhile..."