It’s been two years since Fall Out Boy announced that the band was getting back together after a multi-year hiatus. Since February of 2013 the band has released two number one albums and toured theaters, arenas, and outdoor amphitheaters.
And according to the guys, they’ve also learned a thing or two about each other.
“I think we learned how to be patient with each other, and how to trust each other,” lead singer Patrick Stump stated on “Ralphie Tonight” before recalling something bassist Pete Wentz told him after the band reunited. “I asked him, because we’ve always kind of felt like Pete leads the band in a lot of ways, I was like, ‘How did you get better at it because we used to argue about things and now we don’t so much?’”
Wentz’s response, as recalled by Stump, left an impression on the front man.
“He’s like, ‘I learned not to talk sometimes, because when you don’t talk, often times somebody else in the room is already going to say the thing you were thinking. You let everybody express themselves, and you learn things that you wouldn’t have said. You hear more voices than just your own.”
Stump said the band listens to each other more, and perhaps that is one of the reasons why the Chicago-born quartet is bigger than ever. The band’s sixth studio LP, American Beauty/American Psycho, debuted this week atop the Billboard 200 – FOB’s third number one album. The release is buoyed by the tracks “Centuries” and the dance party-friendly, “Uma Thurman,” for which the actress granted the band permission to use her name.
“The whole song was an elaborate ruse to get (Thurman’s) phone number,” joked Stump. “It’s 1-2-3-4-5-6-7,” guitarist Joe Trohman quickly added. Wentz said it was a case of their people reaching out to her people, and she gave them the green light. The bassist also noted that he isn’t sure if Thurman even heard the track.
Although “Centuries” is still gaining airplay on pop radio, “Uma” may not be far behind, meaning Ms. Thurman may soon find the song inescapable.