Four years after the announcement of their indefinite hiatus, Fall Out Boy (Version 2.0) is back and churning out amazing ambitiously-titled radio hits and fielding off long-sought kisses. Over the years, the Chicago-formed foursome has dabbled in separate projects including Pete Wentz’s Black Cards and Patrick Stump’s solo album Soul Punk, but for hardcore Fall Out Boy fans nothing could compare to the days of From Under The Cork Tree-era Fall Out Boy. Until now.
During their performance at the Red Bull Sound Space at KROQ, the reunited band played their newer songs like “The Phoenix” and “My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark (Light ‘Em Up)” with an ease and passion usually reserved for older songs.
In an interview with Ted Stryker, the band calls this version of themselves “version 2.0,” the version that they could never “foresee being played on the radio” or ever having a chance to “play in front of all of these people.”
Despite their cult-like status amongst new and old music fans alike, Fall Out Boy said they feel like they are starting over. When they first heard a new song on the radio while in a hotel room in Chicago, Stump said it was a “totally different feeling” from the first time Wentz heard one of their songs in the beginning of their career and his dad was yelling at him.
“I think after coming back from such a long break it was like this new, exciting thing,” elaborated Stump.” I think when you’re just starting out, you’re either oblivious or insane so you kind of take stuff for granted.”
Although they played four older songs during their set including hits “Dance, Dance” and “Sugar We’re Goin’ Down,” Stump again stressed that Fall Out Boy was all about the new.
“When we started goofing around with each other again, we decided this always had to be about new music and this is probably one of the most important songs on the album,” said the handsome frontman before playing a song entitled “The Phoenix” off their recently released album Save Rock and Roll.
Luckily for their fans, Fall Out Boy was able to rise like that aforementioned Phoenix from the sonic ashes and put in their time to Save Rock And Roll. Even if in retrospect Wentz was expecting a Game of Thrones-style red wedding at their first planning meeting.
“I feel like at that first meeting it was a little nerve-wracking. This hadn’t happened yet, but after watching the Game of Thrones red wedding episode, I was like ‘Holy sh*t.’ I kind of felt like that was going to happen.” In Wentz’s vivid hypothetical situation, drummer Andy Hurley smiles and then Wentz gets stabbed like Robb Stark.
“I wouldn’t do that,” laughed Hurley. “I’m one of the Starks.”
Whether or not the band is getting along again is almost irrelevant when they start playing. The crowd starts to simmer with a palpable excitement; almost everyone in the crowd knows all the lyrics. Wentz observes that their fans must be really good at winning contests because he sees the same kids at every show and Stump reminds theaudience that, yes, it’s “been a minute” and they’ve “been on hiatus,” but it’s time to “sing until your lungs give out.”
Just like Version 1.0 of Fall Out Boy, this new iteration still has that musical magic to make their fans “Dance, Dance.”
Setlist at the Red Bull Sound Space at KROQ on June 12th:
“Sugar, We’re Goin’ Down”
“This Ain’t A Scene, It’s An Arms Race”
“Thnks Fr Th Mmrs”
“My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark (Light ‘Em Up)”
–Nadia Noir, KROQ