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Pete Wentz On ‘MANIA’: “The Thing That I Would Do Differently In The Future Is Listen To The Kids”

Brii Jamieson
Brii Jamieson 5 September 2018 at 11.07

The Fall Out Boy frontman has done some reflecting on 'MANIA'.

Fall Out Boy's Pete Wentz has done some reflecting on the reinvention the band underwent during the 'MANIA' album cycle, and Rock Sound caught up with him recently to talk about it.

Speaking on whether he feels Fall Out Boy had a successful transition with 'MANIA'- an album quite far departed from the band's usual sound, Pete shared “I think it was a successful reinvention- but I don’t think you have to live in that moment. In particular a song like ‘Young & Menace’- it’s too chaotic to create a sound like that and say “well we’re just gonna sound like that for the next couple of years”- it’s just too insane."

He's especially pragmatic about the process for deciding what the singles for the album were. In the face of 'radio guys' telling them that the radio single was going to be 'Hold Me Tight Or Don't', he shares that he knew that the fans wanted 'The Last Of The Real Ones'. 

"The thing that I think was a big learning experience for us- there was a massive shift from terrestrial radio, and radio getting to decide “this is the single, and this is how it’s going to be worked” into kids curating, and getting to decide the single themselves. Because when we went in to this, we were like “I’m not really sure what the single is...” and these radio programmers kept saying ‘Hold Me Tight [Or Don’t]’, but the kids were telling us “’Last Of The Real Ones’- this is the song we like. This is the song we love”.

"The one thing that I would do differently in the future is listen to the kids on that aspect- because they just drive that anyway. ‘Last Of The Real Ones’ is a single- it’s just not a single that’s on the radio. But it’s on the internet like a motherfucker. And so that part- I wouldn't say that it was unsuccessful- it was just a learning experience for us. But I think it was a successful transition."

Check out the full interview with Fall Out Boy's Pete Wentz and Andy Hurley below:

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