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Pete Wentz: “Rock Music Might Not Come The Way People Expect It, But It Feels Very Much Alive”

Jack Rogers
Jack Rogers 26 January 2018 at 11.48

"It’s an interesting time."

Fall Out Boy's
Pete Wentz has written a guest column for Variety where he comments on rock music in 2018. 

"Today, you can’t necessarily think, “Rock music has to be this and it can’t be that.”

We’re challenging the notion of what rock music can be. Listening to a playlist might mean going from a Beatles song into Twenty One Pilots into Lil Yachty. Kids are going to arenas to see Imagine Dragons and to hear those big songs.

But they’re also checking out Bleachers and Jack Antonoff; he’s one of the biggest pop producers — one who clearly approaches songs as a kid in his bedroom listening to punk rock. Then there’s Lorde. Her records are considered rock or alternative albums. I remember hearing her debut for the first time and thinking, This thing is a game changer.

When Fall Out Boy was first looking [to get a record deal in the early 2000s], we really weren’t ready to be signed. We needed time to hang out in a petri dish and figure out what we sounded like and what about us was different from the thousands of other bands we were playing with — because no matter the sonic landscape that we live in, a rock song has to stand out.

Twenty One Pilots did. We took them on tour [in 2013] and I saw how they tapped into something by taking different genres and incorporating rap. It’s melodic. It’s interesting. And it’s clearly a recipe for success because it can also get played on the radio.

Rock music might not come the way people expect it, but it feels very much alive."

Fall Out Boy's new album 'M A  N   I    A' is out now. 

Here's 'Wilson (Expensive Mistakes):

The band are set to tour the UK with Against The Current later this year. Check out the dates below:


28 - CARDIFF Motorpoint Arena
31 - LONDON The O2

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