I am a diehard Fall Out Boy fan. I have been for a very long time, as that was the band that initially got me into listening to music. Now, as cheesy and emo as this might sound, Fall Out Boy has been a huge part of my life, so you could imagine how utterly amazed I was when I heard that they were releasing a new album after 5 years! When the band initially released Mania, the most recent album from 2018, I was, to be honest, a little weirded out. The sound that Mania had was deviating from the original pop punk that Fall Out Boy had established themselves as, and had more of a pop-y electronica sound, which is alright, however it wasn’t what Fall Out Boy was originally. Hopefully with this album, we will be able to hear some of the “guitar-based,” stuff that Joe Trohman, the lead guitarist of the band, had told Rolling Stone, according to an article from Kerrang.
Fall Out Boy’s live performance of “Love From The Other Side,” on the Jimmy Kimmel show on January 18th
In addition to the announcement of their 8th studio album “So Much (For) Stardust,” they also released the video and single titled “Love From The Other Side,” through the record labels Fueled By Ramen and Elektra. “Technology has made it really easy to make records much more quickly these days. There’s nothing wrong with that, and that spontaneity can be exciting,” says Patrick Stump, the lead singer of the band. “But we wanted to get back to the way we used to work. We wanted to make a record that was really lovingly crafted and deliberate and patiently guided – like someone cooked you a delicate meal. I’m not a very proud guy, but I’m pretty proud of this record.” This band also reunited with producer Neal Avron (their producer for the earlier Fall Out Boy records such as “From Under the Cork Tree,” “Infinity on High,” and “Folie à Deux), which means that we can definitely expect an edgier, more hardcore tone from this album!
“Neal not only taught us how to make records, but has a unique capacity to really take time and focus on a record. We thought it was a no-brainer to work with him again, on a record where that was very important to us, and he was gracious enough to agree to work with us,” says Patrick Stump.
The new album’s cover art
In the end, I’m very delighted at a new Fall Out Boy album after 5 years, and I do have some high hopes for this one. I will absolutely be reviewing this latest single, so stay tuned for that soon!
So Much (For) Stardust will be released on March 23rd, and it is available for pre-order through the official Fall Out Boy website.