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Fall Out Boy’s Pete Wentz: “There will be an album.”

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Rock Sound 8 September at 20.48

Brand spanking new Fall Out Boy track 'Centuries' premiered earlier this evening, and Pete Wentz has given us the lowdown on everything going on in camp FOB...

So first things first, get yourself acquainted with 'Centuries'...

Heard it? Cool. Now read what Mr Wentz has to say about it all.

HOW DID ‘CENTURIES’ COME TOGETHER?
Says Pete Wentz (bass / vocals): “Well, the way things usually evolve with us... we’ll write a bunch of stuff, and when it gets cooking, we’ll bring it to a simmer! When things really start happening, we want to get some momentum building. We’re always writing. With ‘Centuries’, we were on the Monumentour with Paramore, Patrick [Stump, vocals / guitar] came forward with the song, and it just seemed very timely. It felt like the time to really get things going, and we’ve had the pedal to the metal as far as writing goes. So in a sense, the song created its own timeline. It’s not like we have an album done yet or anything. The way the song came out was very feral. We just had to build a plan around it. Now we’ve got to finish writing the album, and go on to record it.”

DO YOU HAVE AN IDEAL TIME WHEN YOU'D LIKE TO RETURN WITH A NEW ALBUM?
“We don’t have an exact timetable yet. I mean, I have a two-week old son and Patrick has a baby on the way in October, so there’s a lot going on. The thing that we’ve done is... we’re basically like Tuscan Raiders, Sand People from Star Wars. We’re very mobile, our families are very mobile, and our kids can go on tour with us every summer. I don’t think that’s necessarily an issue. The other thing is that we still care about albums. I don’t think that pop culture is at a place where as a whole, it cares about new contemporary albums, but our fanbase definitely does. They really care about bodies of work, and that’s something we still aspire to. My guess is 2015 - very early 2015 - for an album. And that’s absolutely the goal; we won’t just be putting out songs, there will be an album.”

LYRICALLY, WHAT KIND OF THINGS ARE YOU DRAWING ON WITH THE NEW MATERIAL?
“Our band came from the suburbs of Chicago. The blandest place. Nothing comes out of there, no one would have ever said that a rock band would come out of there and go on to play arenas. ‘Centuries’ goes back to that David versus Goliath idea. Even U2 had to start somewhere! For the most part, a lot of legendary tales start from humble beginnings. People tend to forget that. When you’re talking to kids who play guitar or DJ, people can be so dismissive. The expectation is that the kid should conform, because people are obsessed with the status quo. Change terrifies a lot of us. ‘Centuries’ really bangs on that. It’s like, just because you’re being told that what you’re doing sucks, that you’re weird or whatever, that doesn’t mean that you’re not a leader, creating something new. Leaders attract a lot of arrows, you know?”

WHAT DO YOU WANT TO ACHIEVE WITH THE NEW RECORD?
“I want us to be the biggest rock band on the planet. At the moment, people seem to put rock bands into one of two groups. Either you’re dinosaurs waiting for the meteor cloud to wipe you away, or you’re not a ‘real’ rock band, you’re considered to be some sort of sham. I want to cut through the noise of those, to be a rock band that can be played on the radio, who can play these big shows, but also inspire kids to pick up guitars.”

Interview by Rob Sayce.

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