Fall Out Boy have today announced that on the 10th anniversary of Take This To Your Grave, their debut album, they will drop the world’s most highly anticipated bomb. After 3 years on an ‘indefinite hiatus’, the 7th of May 2013 will see a new album, going by the name of Save Rock and Roll, hit the music charts, with initial hysteria suggesting an instant No. 1 slot. During the hiatus there were many a rumour that Fall Out Boy were reforming, and all were fielded directly by the band members and stomped out. The rumours of this re-uniting were no different, with a band member discrediting the rumour mere days before the monumental announcement.
In a statement made on their website, the group said: “When we were kids the only thing that got us through most days was music. It’s why we started Fall Out Boy in the first place. This isn’t a reunion because we never broke up. We needed to plug back in and make some music that matters to us. The future of Fall Out Boy starts now. Save Rock And Roll ….”
The singular track released, ‘My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark (Light Em Up)’ shows an influence from Patrick Stumps frolic in pop-music during FOB hiatus, but still shows flourishes of the much-missed Fall Out Boy stomp. The “2 Chainz Edition” of the song, featured on the band’s website, suggests that there will be a singularly Fall Out Boy version of the track, and evidence on the track and my own judgement says that the album, audaciously titled Save Rock and Roll, will develop on from their most recent album, Folie à Deux, released in long forgotten 2008. The album acted as a tipping point for Fall Out Boy, and seemed to plant the seed of the hiatus back at the time of release. Folie à Deux was so unfairly thrown to the ground by shocked Fall Out Boy fans who still clung to the Fall Out Boy sound heard in previous albums Thriller and From Under The Cork Tree. The different album came as a revolutionary slap in the face for listeners, and instead of being able to appreciate the bands’ development, many fans slapped back, branding the infamous album a flop and sending Fall Out Boy into a pool of confusion and lost image.