Five years. Five long, long years since we’ve heard any Fall Out Boy material. Welcome to 2013, it’s going to be a hell of a year. “My Songs Know What You Did In the Dark (Light Em Up)” taunts and teases a heavily rumored, heavily denied, but definitely happening Fall Out Boy album, Save Rock and Roll. So buckle up, fanboys and fangirls. Ease up on the tension and stress, because it’s here and it’s magnificent.
Obviously in the extended absence of the band, it became a side project galore that typically caught on but never ignited in the same way Fall Out Boy had. This stimulated an individualistic and experimental creativity that wouldn’t come to pass on Folie à Deux but sees the light of day on “My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark (Light Em Up).” Take Patrick Stump’s pop-centric vocal stylings featured on Soul Punk, the best of the percussive and rhythmic elements of Black Cards, the intensity of The Damned Things’ choruses, all infused with the theatrical and playful nature of everything Fall Out Boy and you get this monster of a song. It’s complete with carefree lyrics, vibrant vocal melodies, and sizable tones (those drums sound so damn huge) all in the form of their signature pop/rock amalgamation. Oh, and a cheeky song title is present, too.
Already, though, have come the complaints of a different sound, an unfamiliar one that is not the Fall Out Boy that they loved. Fortunately, these are the same ones who love to hear a band reproduce the same album with a new spin, and Fall Out Boy simply is not that type of band. The leaps and bounds of altered style and presentation from Take This To Your Grave to Follie à Deux are self-evident and self-explanatory. To expect them to do otherwise is to expect a characteristic that was never present to begin with.
In that way, “My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark (Light Em Up)” is the exact progression that would come forth once all side projects and influences had been considered. Palatable, expressive, and downright fun, this is Fall Out Boy at their core. Of course, this is just the first single, designed and carefully selected to draw listeners back in with its massive hooks and catchy face value. Save Rock and Roll will undoubtedly be diverse, featuring a new favorite for every hungering fan. After all, we’ve been starving.
“The future of Fall Out Boy starts now.”
Save Rock and Roll is to be released May 6th, 2013.