Now they're back at it again with an upcoming fall tour and their seventh studio album, M A N I A, out Sept. So we had Pete Wentz and Patrick Stump stop by Buzz Feed NY to answer everything you've been dying to know, while playing with some hella cute rescue puppies. There really wasn't a separation between audience and band except for that the band had guitars.
Patrick Stump, Fall Out Boy frontman and at times a pop culture pariah himself, wants you to knock it off with the Nickelback jokes.
The one band that nearly everyone feels OK bashing has inspired a defense from Stump on his blog, not necessarily based on musical quality but rather principle alone.
PS: I think the early 2000s were one big fashion regret for me. I think all of us were like, yeah, this will be a really awesome thing to do while we're on a semester off from school.
And I think that when you first played "Young and Menace" for me, that song just felt especially purple to me. But that was us, like, we were still learning how to be a band, and we weren't really ambitious about it.
Pete Wentz: I feel like "Young and Menace" was inspired by 1990s modem connecting sounds. PW: I don't think — the record is not gonna sound like "Young and Menace."PS: No. For a long time, I don't think we've been very easy to— you know, if we wrote a song that sounded too specifically like a style, we don't really use it. But it was a weird thing, it's always been a weird thing to me that that's the thing that separates you. That just needs to have puppies delivered to him every day.
I don't know if that's actually true — Patrick did not think that was true. Patrick Stump: I'm trying to form a thought while there's puppies. You're not part of the audience anymore, and I don't like that, I miss that.
It's just really agreeing on the songs or creating cool original songs. I think he explained the picture, and the explanation kind of takes a little bit of the magic out of it, possibly. I know Phil, the other guy in the picture, his writing partner. PS: Yeah, I think that's one of the hardest things is that for a while, when I started dating my wife, her dad googled me. He's in a band, I'm gonna google him." And the first picture that came up was me in the absolute worst outfit I've ever worn, and it was apparently the top Google Image result of me at that time, and that's a bummer. You know, every record, every song we put out, people are always like, "What's with the new sound?
PW: Like, everyone does crazy fashion stuff, but to do it on, like, the cover of Rolling Stone is the wild part. And then "Dance, Dance" was the first song to me where we kind of were our own band, we weren't really trying to be anybody else.
(Seriously, Black Keys drummer, chill it with the Nickelback disses.) Stump’s point is a timely one in the wake of awards season, when social media explodes with snap judgements and declarations of hate.