RSVP to the band's website and "if you build it, they will come".
Fall Out Boy began signalling their return at the beginning of this month by taking out a full-page advertisement in The Chicago Tribune newspaper, with "FOB8" - teasing their eighth album - and the phrase "if you build it, they will come" printed. Is that a Field Of Dreams reference?
Since then, the This Ain't A Scene, It's An Arms Race group has sent out postcards to fans on their mailing list, which sent them to this URL. Now, in a Christmas gift to fans, Fall Out Boy have kept up the teasing with a claymation celebration by Mr Oz - known for his work in Marvel’s Venomverse. At the end of the wacky video is what we assume is a preview of the band's first song since 2018's M A N I A.
Crunchy guitars and epic drums signify that maybe, Fall Out Boy have returned to their rocking pop-punk roots. The band have added a new mailing list for fans to join, entitled The Other Side Of The Apocalypse. The Field Of Dreams phrase returns on the website - sign up to the mailing list HERE.
In a recent interview with Rolling Stone promoting his memoir, None Of This Rocks, Fall Out Boy co-founder and guitarist Joe Trohman told the publication, "We were working on some stuff that was guitar-based. I don’t know know what’s happening with it. I think it, unfortunately, went to the back burner."
He added, "It would be nice to make a record where the guitar is a little more upfront. We did start that way as a guitar-based rock band, and it’d be cool to go back to those roots. We’d have to find a way to do it that doesn’t sound like Fall Out Boy from 2005. It might be cool for somebody else to do that, but it wouldn’t be cool for us to do it."
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In a 2018 interview with Kill Your Stereo, Pete Wentz revealed that the song, Bang The Doldrums, was supposed to be featured in a Shrek film. "We spoke with the people from Shrek who said they wanted a song that sounded like this. Being the people who we were at the time, we said, 'You say you want a song like that, but we think you need a song that sounds like this', and so after we gave it the track to them, they just responded with 'No thanks,'" Wentz laughed.
"So that’s the thing that I think Butch [Walker, producer] really did with us. The problem with Fall Out Boy is that when we start to a demo process, we do what Butch calls a 'Kitchen Sink Band' where we put in everything and zillions of layers. So he comes in to take this out, pull that out, and says, 'you’re cluttering it and making it smaller with all these things in the same frequencies'." Read the rest of the interview HERE.