It still feels hard to believe that Fall Out Boy returned from their hiatus in 2013 with such a bang. Save Rock and Roll was a shining example of how to make a comeback and proved forcefully the vitality and importance of this scene. The good news is, the band isn’t finished yet – not by a long shot.
Later this month, Fall Out Boy will release their sixth studio album, American Beauty/American Psycho, an album that already has one platinum single in “Centuries”. That song, a defiant cry for attention, is a pop rock masterpiece. Each subsequent sneak peak into the album’s contents has been increasingly diverse and unique.
It seems that fans of Save Rock and Roll won’t be disappointed in the slightest, and listeners who hope for an even greater departure into the modern day alt rock waters will be quite pleased as well. Those who claim the band has sold out or lost their soul need not apply – American Beauty/American Psycho is Fall Out Boy at their best in 2015, like it or not.
Pete Wentz and Patrick Stump have made clear that the band has no intentions of growing stagnant or staying on one sonic playground for too long. Instead, they hope to explore new and dangerous angles to their genre that haven’t yet been discovered by the band. For a group that’s conquered the music world twice over, who’s to tell them, “no”?
Fall Out Boy has come a long way since the release of pop punk classic Take This To Your Grave back in 2003. This year marks the 10-year anniversary of their breakthrough album From Under The Cork Tree, a modern emo classic. It’s safe to say that no anniversary tours are in the works. Instead, the band is facing toward the future and has no plans of looking back.
Kiel Hauck is the editor in chief at It’s All Dead. Over the past decade, he has been a contributor for multiple online and print publications and was most recently an editor at PopMatters. Kiel currently resides in Indianapolis, IN with his wife and their imaginary pet, Hand Dog. You can follow him on Twitter.