It’s finally been confirmed – Fall Out Boy are back. But according to the foursome, perhaps they’ve never really been away. The last we saw of the band on the music scene, made up of Pete Wentz, Patrick Stump, Joe Trohman and Andy Hurley, was when their greatest hits album ‘Believers Never Die’ was released in 2009. Rumours have been flying around Twitter for a while about a possible Fall Out Boy comeback, but all was officially revealed earlier this month via the band’s official site.
In a group statement, they said: “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…”. Now some may question Fall Out Boy’s true Rock’n’Roll credentials, but there’s no denying the impact the band made on the music scene during their peak from 2005-2007.
Having released a number of records prior, it was their 2005 album, ‘From Under The Cork Tree’, which was perhaps the band’s most popular release, featuring hits such as Dance Dance and Sugar We’re Going Down – putting them firmly on the chart map. It also featured fan favourites, Nobody Puts Baby In A Corner and A Little Less Sixteen Candles, A Little More Touch Me. Their follow up album, ‘Infinity On High’ also featured popular tracks including This Ain’t A Scene, It’s An Arms Race and Thnks Fr Th Mmrs.
So now the hiatus is over, what should we expect from the return of Fall Out Boy? Forget just a small announcement that they’re back in the studio – the lads are back with the promise of a new album in May titled, ‘Save Rock and Roll’, a tour, and the release of new single, My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark (Light Em Up), to keep eagerly awaiting fans happy.
From the first play, you can’t deny Stump’s iconic vocals still hook you in, but there’s a different edge to the band’s sound; a slightly more grown-up feel. There’s not quite the same amount of quirky lyrics that their cult classics gave us (how can we forget “I’m just a notch on your bedpost but you’re just a line in a song”?), but the ”Light Em Up’s” will soon be stuck in your head. Their sounds from the mid-noughties were full of sing-along chorus’s with heavy guitar beats, which they’re still serving up in their 2013 offering. To treat fans further, the official video for the track has also been released, but it couldn’t be further away from their past style. We’re used to a video featuring the band playing at a house party/school disco/any crowd sort of crowd, with a sub-plot, which 90% of the time involved Pete trying (and usually succeeding) to get with the token video girl, but this video couldn’t be any further away from that. Teaming up with rapper 2 Chainz, we don’t even see the band feature at all, apart from four hooded members in a van at the very end of the video.
The band claims the video is a new chapter for a new Fall Out Boy era, and from the catchiness of My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark (Light Em Up), it doesn’t quite feel like someone has turned back the clock to 2007, but it also doesn’t feel like the band has ever been away.