Breakthrough rock act Fall Out Boy has already written the follow-up to its 2005 Island debut, "From Under the Cork Tree," but for the next few months, the band's focus will be on its Black Clouds and

Breakthrough rock act Fall Out Boy has already written the follow-up to its 2005 Island debut, "From Under the Cork Tree," but for the next few months, the band's focus will be on its Black Clouds and Underdogs tour with Hawthorne Heights and All-American Rejects, which kicks off March 15 in Albany, N.Y.

"The new record is written but we're going to sit on it," singer/guitarist Patrick Stump tells Billboard.com. "We're going to do this tour and then we're going to record it over the summer."

Stump, who says he hopes to have the new project out "as soon as friggin' possible" is tightlipped regarding the album's title. However, he says tracks like "You Can't Spell Star Without A and R" and "Gay Is Not a Synonym for Sh*tty" could conceivably get stage time this spring.

Do the new songs lean in any unusual directions? "Honestly, every band is going to tell you that their new album is new and different, so I'm not going to say that because that's kind of a self unfulfilling prophecy," Stump says. "And you jinx it when you say that and you can't escape yourself. You're going to sound the same. We are the same band."

He adds, "We're trying some new stuff but if you notice it, you notice it. And if you don't, we're still Fall Out Boy. As always, we're kind of a rock band but we're influenced by hip-hop and soul and metal at the same time and '80s pop music and stuff. So, we'll see what's noticed."

"From Under the Cork Tree" has certainly been noticed, having sold more than 1.8 million copies in the United States and spawned the hit singles "Dance Dance" and "Sugar, We're Going Down." With a new video already shot, the quartet is readying the release of a third single, "A Little Less Sixteen Candles, a Little More 'Touch Me.'" As previously reported, the album will be reissued March 14 with five rare tracks.

As for the upcoming tour, Stump views it as a dream come true of sorts. "You always get that question of who would be your dream tour and you want to say Prince and Tom Waits or something," he says. "But at the end of the day, I think the more fun tour would honestly just be my friends, and we're already doing that."

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