Fall Out Boy's 'Lake Effect Kid' Is a Love Letter to Chicago: Stream It Now

Fall Out Boy are back for more.   

The alternative rock outfit dropped a surprise release at midnight, Lake Effect Kid, ahead of their headline slot this weekend at the U.K.’s Reading and Leeds Festivals.      

The three-track EP is a shout-out to the city of Chicago, Fall Out Boy's hometown. It features a finished version of the title track, plus “City In a Garden” and “Super Fade,” and got a tip off from the band’s social accounts just hours before. “Forever a lake effect kid. New EP dropping tonight at midnight ET to celebrate our biggest homecoming yet,” reads the tweet, which refers to their Sept. 8 show at Wrigley Field, their first-ever stadium headlining gig in the Windy City.   

Super-fans will know, "Lake Effect Kid" was originally a demo from Fall Out Boy’s 2008 mixtape CitizensFOB Mixtape: Welcome to the New Administration. And here we are ten years later, with the finished product. "This is our love letter to Chicago," Fall Out Boy tweeted as the track dropped.

It's all there in the lyrics. "Boomerang my head/Back to the city I grew up in/Again and again/Forever a lake effect kid," Patrick Stump sings on "Lake Effect Kid." And again, on "City," Stump sings, "You make feel some summer fling/You know that I know that I owe you everything/I love you Chicago."

Earlier this year, Fall Out Boy landed their fourth No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart with Mania, the group’s seventh full-length studio set. Mania bowed at the summit in January, and is their third consecutive studio effort to hit the top after American Beauty/American Psycho (2015), Save Rock and Roll (2013) and Infinity on High (2007).

The rockers return to the U.S. next week to resume their Mania run, starting Aug. 29 at NYCB Live in Uniondale, NY. 

Stream Lake Effect Kid below, along with the new music video for "City in a Garden."