Gerard Way's new album is being written for his daughter's teenage years.

The My Chemical Romance singer became a father for the first time when wife Lindsey gave birth to Bandit Lee earlier this year and says parenthood had an impact on his songwriting.

He explained: "It influenced me in an unconventional way. I wasn't really writing a record about becoming a dad.

"I was writing music for somebody when they grew up. It's like a time capsule for when this person turns 15 or 20."

The 32-year-old 'Teenagers' hitmaker also admitted he was glad the group hadn't decided to write about their own lives.

He added: "I'm glad it's not a bunch of guys searching for something that would make them cool again. That's a hollow pursuit that makes for horrible music."