Former My Chemical Romance frontman Gerard Way is finally chatting about his debut solo album, which is one of our most anticipated releases of 2014. In a recent interview with NME, Way talked about some of his influences for the album—shoegaze, Britpop—and dove into how he was approaching a more raw sound with his vocals. Check out the interview below, and let us know your thoughts.

Way will release his solo album sometime later this year. If you missed it, you can hear the first taste of said album with the song “Action Cat.” We know fans of My Chemical Romance are looking forward to hearing what Gerard does next, but the MCRmy is also nominated for the “Most Dedicated Fans” APMA, which you can vote for now

In the interview, Way cites the British band Pulp as an influence. Watch My Chemical Romance cover Pulp's “Common People” below: