Bassist Pete Wentz tells “The Ralphie Show” that Fall Out Boy’s fifth studio album, Save Rock and Roll, is completely recorded.
“I think if anything, we would have to worry about (the release date) getting pushed forward,” revealed Wentz of the current slated target of May 7. “I’ve heard that discussion, but I don’t know.”
Typically the only time an album release is pushed forward is if the lead single takes off on the charts and the LP will fall in front of some type of tour. Fall Out Boy will hit the road for 33 shows starting May 14. Right now, “My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark (Light Em Up)” had a solid debut on the Billboard Hot 100, landing at 26. The video features rapper 2 Chainz in the role of an arsonist. I asked Wentz why he chose the hip hop artist.
“That’s exactly why,” replied Wentz, insinuating that the band simply wanted to get people asking questions, not exactly a foreign idea to FOB’s game plan. “Hopefully we’ll have something else down the road.”
That “something else” is a possible remix to “My Songs Know,” a collaboration that Wentz admitted he is holding his breath for.
Fall Out Boy fans were holding their breath that the band would return from its self-described hiatus to release new music and tour. While it seems everyone in the group agrees that the break was necessary, at least one member could have continued to play: drummer Andy Hurley.
“I think there was an oversaturation and I think people needed to decompress from years of touring and stuff,” Hurley noted.
“I mean, it ended up being a super healthy thing for all of us personally and for the band too,” Wentz added.
Don’t call it a comeback. No, really. Fall Out Boy insists, the band never broke-up, but rather took a hiatus that officially ceased on Monday.
“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,” the band wrote on its official website. “We needed to plug back in and make some music that matters to us.”
With that, the Chicago-rockers promised to “save rock and roll…” with the release of its fifth full-length studio album. Save Rock and Roll will be released worldwide on May 6 and 7. The lead single, an up-tempo sing-a-long called “My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark (Light Em Up)” is on iTunes now.
In addition to the new music, FOB returns to the road with a 33-date trek across North America that kicks off May 14 in Milwaukee, WI. The band plays intimate one-night-only shows this week in Chicago, New York, and Los Angeles.
I stopped by WBRE’s “PA Live!” for my weekly segment, “The Ralphie Report.” This week, I talked about his interviews with The Fray’s Isaac Slade and Fall Out Boy front man Patrick Stump, who just released his solo album, ‘Soul Punk.’ I also talked about my interview last year with former “Hannah Montana” star Mitchel Musso. The actor was picked up last weekend in Burbank, CA on suspicion of DUI.
I appear every Thursday on “PA Live!” – a new, daily show on WBRE that airs weekdays at 4 p.m. The show is co-hosted by Dave Kuharchik and Monica Madeja.
Fall Out Boy lead singer Patrick Stump has a number of different feelings about his debut solo album, Soul Punk. You could count “lucky” as one of them, as in, lucky he isn’t in the limelight as much as his band mate Pete Wentz.
“(Pete) was under the microscope. I’m a tiny bit, but nothing like he has to deal with,” Stump said recently in a sit down interview with “The Ralphie Radio Show.” “I think it’s a lot harder for him to make the Black Cards record because from the get-go, not only are expectations wildly out of control, but people’s perspectives on his intentions are wildly out of wack.”
If you’re wondering – all four members of FOB have moved on from the band to other projects – but Stump doesn’t believe that his solo album, nor any other activities, signal the demise of the Chicago pop-punk group.
“Fall Out Boy has a lot of fans. They’re still really dedicated. And (Soul Punk) clearly isn’t Fall Out Boy,” Stump attempted to clarify. “That’s been the hardest thing: getting people comfortable with the idea that I’m just doing this thing on the side, and if this thing takes off, then it’s still considered something parallel to Fall Out Boy.”
But even Stump admits that while his intentions are clearly stated, everything is “all talk” until he releases his album and FOB drops a new LP. For now, all he can do is promote Soul Punk, which he finished about two months ago, and comes out October 18. The first single is actually a remix of a cut from the disc: “This City” featuring fellow Chicago native Lupe Fiasco. The idea of a remix came from Stump’s label, Island Records.
“Eric Wang is a friend of mine, and he works at the label, and he gave me his list and he was like, ‘Give me your list,’ recalled Stump of trying to decide who would be asked to contribute a verse to the remix. “The top of both of our lists was Lupe.”
Truth be told, Stump’s entire list was essentially Fiasco, and that’s it. The vocalist admires the emcee, calling him a “superhero.”
“There’s not a lot of people that have an authoritative intelligence but also a ‘fun’ to them,” he explained. “There are a lot of rappers who are really smart and really intellectual, and Lupe fits that bill, but he also knows his way around a pop song.”
Stump cited Fiasco’s “The Show Goes On” as a prime example of this, as the singer said he had never heard a pop song in heavy radio rotation deliver some of the points that Lupe made in the track.
Still, while Stump would be happy with big spins and sales numbers, those are far from his motivating factors for releasing the album.
“When I was doing this record I was thinking about mortality,” he revealed. “Someday I will either be dead or I will be someone’s grandpa and it would be nice to have something, ‘When I was younger, I did this thing.’”
Although, by then who knows if that generation will be able to recognize the now 27 year-old. Stump is almost unrecognizable now – as he lost a considerable amount of weight since Fall Out Boy’s last go-around.
“I have a lot more energy,” said Stump of how the weight loss has affected his performance. “I fret to call it dancing, because I don’t think I’m all that great a dancer, but I do, sort of get to dance.”
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Could “Club Called Heaven” been a song by Fall Out Boy? Pete Wentz discussed his new band’s new single on “The Ralphie Radio Show.”
Pete Wentz has an analogy banked for describing what it’s like to start a new band, Black Cards, in the wake of his previous and super successful group Fall Out Boy.
“It’s Christmas morning/finding the lights switch in the dark,” Wentz admitted on “The Ralphie Radio Show.” The Fall Out Boy took a break from a photo shoot at the Glamour Kills offices to talk about his new project. “Yunno, and there’s a little bit of like the, ‘Ok, I’m 18, I’m on my own now – Dad, you’re paying my cell phone bill though right?’”
For what it’s worth, Wentz’s father actually did pay that bill for the bassist until at least April 2009 – Wentz also told me last year around that time that he didn’t get a pad of his own until age 26. But he’s out on his own now, married to Ashlee Simpson-Wentz and the father to little Bronx Mowgli – who turns 2 on November 20. The bassist describes his family as “mobile” – so touring in a new band while Bronx grows up won’t be as hard as one would think.
“Whenever Ashlee’s not doing stuff, we kind of try to coordinate our schedules,” said Wentz. “So like, Bronx has been to Japan, he’s been to Europe. A big misnomer is that Fall Out Boy slowed down because of Bronx coming out, and that’s not the case at all. I definitely want him to see the world, and see it on the record company’s dime is rad.”
So with no travel issues, Wentz can focus exclusively on launching this new project. You’d think this wouldn’t be an issue given his experience with not just FOB, but also Decaydance Records. However, Wentz is as wide-eyed as the kid on Christmas morning.
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“I think that maybe I’m not the puppeteer-master that sometimes people make me out to be,” he said. “This was a process of figuring out what we thought worked and what we thought didn’t work, and definitely we’re in the middle of that process.”
Point-and-case: the whole point of this mini tour that the band, which features a front woman in Bebe Rexha, embarked on – with just a couple small venue dates in the States and in Europe. Wentz said point-blank that one of the main purposes of the shows was just to learn how to play the songs live, and hear how they sounded in front of a crowd. The studio work is mostly behind the group – as he also revealed the first Black Cards album is completely recorded.
“I don’t have like an exact release date for the album, I think early spring,” Wentz said. “I guess I kind of tend to be trigger-happy as far as like putting songs out and videos out, because I get so excited about them myself.”
Now the next step: transferring that excitement to the masses – as Wentz can only hope people will look forward to hearing more music from Black Cards like its December 25.
You know when Pete Wentz starts paraphrasing Jay-Z, he means business. Actually, I wasn’t sure what the Fall Out Boy bassist meant when he dropped this during our conversation – but I think we’re all about to find out soon.
“People are gonna be really sick about the next deal I make,” said Wentz, who is also the head of Decaydance Records. “If people felt weird about the last one, people are gonna feel real weird about the next one.”
I asked Wentz to elaborate on his “On To The Next One” reference, and well… he at least continued.
“It’s got nothing to do with Fall Out Boy or Island Def Jam,” Wentz admitted. “It’s gonna be different, and it’s gonna make people feel sick, or happy.”
The only timeline Wentz gave to the big announcement is that it will not happen on Thanksgiving or Christmas, but will happen before the end of the year. He said that everyone is a little lost on what’s happening, but that he’s going through with it – whatever it is – anyways.
“Ahh man… funny question, yunno?” Wentz responded when I asked why the band released a “best of” album at this particular moment in time. “Fourth quarter. Labels like to put out greatest hits in the fourth quarter, don’t they? And ‘why now?’ because it’s like, the band doesn’t have enough hits to have a greatest hits. And ‘why now?’ because maybe it’s like, you have a contract you want to get out of. We asked ourselves all those questions, and then decided to put it out as something for the fans.”
Part 1: Believers Never Die: Greatest Hits, “Alpha Dog”
Part 2: Hair Cut, Future Plans, Angels & Kings (Wentz’s NYC Bar)
The timing is also curious given that Fall Out Boy as a band is currently on a hiatus, or as Wentz told MTV News the night before – a “decompressing.” So, while supporters may not have new material in the immediate future, they will have two new songs from the release, including the first single, “Alpha Dog.”
“We felt like (“Alpha Dog”) didn’t fit in,” Wentz reasoned as to why the track didn’t appear on Folie A Deux. The song did pop up on a mixtape the label head released prior to Fall Out Boy’s last LP. “It felt too electronic. At the time it felt futuristic, now it feels it is the right time for it.”
And oh how the times have changed. Wentz is 30, with a child and a wife, and will be living in New York for at least the next 13 weeks. His spouse, Ashlee Simpson-Wentz, makes her Broadway debut on November 30 in the musical, “Chicago.” For Wentz, this will translate to more time with his son. Bronx Mowgli Wentz turns 1 on Friday. This will probably also find the entrepreneur with more opportunities to manage and appear at his New York bar, Angels and Kings. The drinking establishment might be to blame for the slow, sometimes rambling responses I received from Wentz throughout our chat.
“I was there, in my head, last night,” Wentz said. “But I don’t think I was there, in reality.”