Fall Out Boy is back
Published: Sunday, February 10, 2013
Updated: Tuesday, February 12, 2013 20:02
After a three-year hiatus, Fall Out Boy is back.
But this isn’t a reunion, it’s a revival. Tickets for their show in Charlotte sold out in minutes. Their newest single, released Feb. 5, is already one of the top 10 singles on iTunes. With hype like this, dedicated fans are wondering what to expect.
From 2003-2009, Fall Out Boy released four studio albums, toured the globe, and then decided to take a breather, which left fans in a panic. The pop punk band from Chicago took the break to experiment with side projects and to expand creatively as musicians.
Patrick Stump, Pete Wentz, Joe Trohman, and Andy Hurley stated on their website that this isn’t going to be a reunion tour, because they never broke up. Their fifth studio album, “Save Rock And Roll” will be released May 7, and the four members believe it is their best work yet.
The news of the band’s revival has spread around the world, but not everyone at UNCW is aware. Dana Elliott, a junior at UNCW, did not know the band was back together but was excited by the news.
“I was a big fan when I was younger. I’m excited to see what type of music they’ll produce since they’re older and not in that teen scene phase anymore,” Elliott said.
Alex Vreugdenhill, sophomore, knew the band had announced plans to get back together through word of mouth.
“I’m excited for their fan base. I wonder if they are going to appeal to their old fan base or if they’ll have a new crowd of followers,” Vreugdenhill said.
A new single, “My Songs Know What You Did In the Dark (Light Em Up),” is now available on iTunes and has given fans a preview of what to expect.
With promises from bassist Pete Wentz that “Save Rock And Roll” is the best album the band has made, many are wondering: so what is different this time around? The music is being put first. Also, loyal fans won’t be kept in the dark as the band shines back into their lives.
Fall Out Boy released an official statement on their website explaining themselves.
“When we were kids the only thing that got us through most days was music. We needed to plug back in and make some music that matters to us,” they said. “The future of Fall Out Boy starts now.”
For some, Fall Out Boy was their anthem growing up. Sophomore Lauren Pearce remembers listening to them in middle school.
“I didn’t know they ever fell apart, but I am excited to hear they’re back together because the songs they sang were great. I think they’ll be successful,” Pearce said.
Besides fan expectations, the album’s title sets high standards for the band as well. However, the guys don’t want it to be taken literally; they just want to have fun again. This time around, Fall Out Boy is working to get back to the beginning of their career and friendship.