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Fall Out Boy Announces Surprise EP: Will It Include a Finished Version of 'Lake Effect Kid' Demo?

Pamela Littky
Fall Out Boy

It’s been only seven months since Fall Out Boy released their album Mania, but new music from the quartet is imminent, according to a recent tweet. 

“Forever a lake effect kid. New EP dropping tonight at midnight ET to celebrate our biggest homecoming yet,” the band tweeted Wednesday afternoon (Aug. 22).

The “biggest homecoming yet” refers to Fall Out Boy’s Sept. 8 show at Wrigley Field, their first-ever stadium headlining gig -- in their hometown of Chicago, no less.

What’s a lake effect kid? Well, it’s the title of a demo from Fall Out Boy’s 2008 mixtape CitizensFOB Mixtape: Welcome to the New Administration. It was mixed by Clinton Sparks, who helmed the whole project, around the same time he was producing for pop and hip-hop stars like Akon and Ludacris. And a "lake effect"? That’s a term for how Lake Michigan influences the weather in Chicago and other Midwestern locales. The plot thickens…

Will the new EP feature a finished version of “Lake Effect Kid”? We don’t yet know anything about this new project beyond the tweet, but Fall Out Boy has used EPs to toss out rogue ideas in the not-too-distant past. Back in 2013, they released PAX AM Days, an eight-track, 13-minute collection of punk rock songs produced by none other than Ryan Adams.

We leave you with the demo of “Lake Effect Kid” to hold you off until midnight:

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