It’s the moment we’ve all been waiting for – former My Chemical Romance guitarist Ray Toro has announced that his debut solo album will be released on November 18th.
Three-and-a-half years in the making, Remember The Laughter is a light concept record. Ray played almost all the instruments on it, engineered and mixed it, and even had his wife and son (then aged two-and-a-half) play on it.
In true MCR-style, Ray made a cryptic trailer for Remember The Laughter, which you can watch below:
Ray explained the concept of the album. He said: “The story is this…A middle aged man returns to his childhood home. Hearing a familiar melody, he goes to the attic to find a memory box he never knew was there. As he goes through it, each of the items in the box sparks a memory, and each song represents one of those memories. He explores his loves, his losses, his pains, & his regrets, and recalls the words of hope that his father left him with when he passed. Thematically, the record is about hope. That there is always a glimmer of light in the darkness.
“The main page of my website www.raytoro.com has some of these items featured as photos (wedding ring, raffle tickets, necklace) for the song lyric they are connected to, as well as the interior artwork of the vinyl and CD.
“Because the record was written over the course of three-and-a-half years, it feels very much like the memory box the character finds on the record. Lyrically, I tried to communicate the lessons that I have learned from my parents, and explore what I would want to teach my son. In a way, it is my memory box to him.”
You can pre-order Remember The Laughter here.