By: Michelle S. Nicomedes
Fall Out Boy is a four-piece pop punk band from Wilmette, Illinois consisting of the Patrick Stump on vocals, Pete Wentz on bass, Joe Trohman on guitars and Andy Hurley on drums . They are the brilliant minds behind the hit songs “Sugar We’re Going Down”, “Dance, Dance”, “This Ain’t A Scene, It’s an Arms Race” and many more. This band already released four studio albums namely, “Take this to Your Grave” (2003), “From Under the Cork Tree” (2005), “Infinity on High” (2007) and “Folie a Deux” (2008).
They recently announced that they will be releasing their fifth studio album on April 15 and 16 this year called “Save Rock and Roll” that is produced by Butch Walker. They released a single titled “My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark (Light Em’ Up)” – a pretty long title for a song, but it is definitely epic.
There is a certain message for the fans in their website www.falloutboyrock.com, it explains how music is significant to their lives and how it is for them since they were kids.
“When we were kids the only thing that got us through most days was music. It’s why we started Fall Out Boy in the first place. This isn’t a reunion because we never broke up. We needed to plug back in and make some music that matters to us. The future of Fall Out Boy starts now. Save rock and roll.” it stated.
The new single is far from the old Fall Out Boy songs, far from the emotional and miserable lyrics the band has, because this recent single is mad. Really mad, with the lyrics “You’re the antidote to everything except for me” and with Stump’s Kiss-like scream of “I’m on fire!” it definitely puts the M-A-D on mad.
It is obvious that Fall Out Boy is experimenting on a new kind of genre, they sound more like a punk-metal band than of a pop punk band that they usually do. A lot of listeners noticed that, I for one did, but I personally liked it, it sounded better and the sound suited Stump’s voice more. In an interview on Fuse, Stump said that he doesn’t want the sound of Fall Out Boy to be stuck in the glory days they had ages ago, he stressed that he wants to create a new kind of art.
“We don’t want to run just off the steam that we had forever ago, we want to generate new steams. We love our old music, we love playing our old music, we love that being part of our history, but we also want to, we don’t want to go out there and only be that, I mean we are too young, I think to just lie there and be like ‘all right those were the glory days, let’s go and collect the cheque and drink a lot’. Like we still want to make art that matters” Stump explained.
The almost three year hiatus is undeniably worth it, Fall Out Boy came back with an epic single that will definitely drive the fans crazy while waiting for the album. The band announced that they will kick off a tour this year; how I wish they will come back here in Manila.
So let us just wait in vain and as what Fall Out Boy said, let’s save rock and roll!