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Fall Out Boy’s Patrick Stump: ” I Think A Lot Of The Best Stuff We’ve Ever Done Is Contentious”

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Rock Sound 21 December 2017 at 17.44

Patrick chats 'Folie à Deux'.

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In the magazine Pete Wentz and Patrick Stump talk us through the history of the band. Here's a taste:

THINGS WENT CRAZY ACROSS THE BOARD AFTER '...CORK TREE', EVEN TO THE POINT WHERE JAY-Z OPENED YOUR NEXT ALBUM 'INFINITY ON HIGH'. HOW DIFFERENT WAS LIFE FROM THAT POINT FORWARD?
Says Patrick Stump: “It was all just so surreal. Because it never really felt like a thing, why would Jay Z be at a Fall Out Boy show? You know, it just didn’t add up - Jay Z doesn’t go to Fall Out Boy shows, he goes to real bands’ shows! That’s kind of what it felt like. 

It’s funny because I get that now the band has been successful for a number of years, I think it would be ridiculous for me to feign surprise now when someone says they know my band or like my band because I guess it’s happened enough, but it’s still weird! It still doesn’t feel like a thing that I expect to be a reality you know - you never expect it.”

THE END RESULT WAS 'FOLIE A DEUX', YOUR FIRST TRULY POLARIZING RECORD. HOW DO YOU FEEL LOOKING BACK ON THAT NOW?
“That album was really tough because we were not a united front on what we wanted to do on it. We were touring constantly and we were working really hard and we’re doing all this promo for radio and it got really disconnected - with each other, with your family, with music, with making music - because you’re just on the road, you’re just kind of a machine. You lose sight of those creative muscles.

So I said at the beginning of that cycle, speaking of ‘Folie a Deux’, what if we take this really light? Because we got lucky, there’s no way you’re going to get lucky again, that’s not how fate works, we’re not going to have another smash record off of basically three bigger and bigger records you know? If ‘Take This To Your Grave’ was wildly successful for our standards at the time, ‘Cork Tree’ was even more successful and then, by certain measures, ‘Infinity’ was even more successful, so what are the odds that that’s going to happen again? 

So I was like, ‘Let’s not think about success, let’s just write a record that we want to write’ and I think Pete very much agreed with that, but the thing that I underestimated is that Pete naturally gravitates towards these big sounding songs and so it was kind of this battle between the two of us. 

I was trying to do this subtle weird thing and he was pushing for these bigger, louder things, so we kinda ended up in the middle and I think that was one of the reasons that it was such a polarizing record –because we were polarized.

I don’t regret it but it’s just a thing I think you can hear on the record, and I think a lot of the best stuff we’ve ever done is contentious you know.”

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