When Fall Out Boy released their new single “My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark” recently, fans that have been holding their collective breaths waiting for the group’s reunion got a bit of a surprise in the form of a guest: rapper 2 Chainz.
Talking to Billboard backstage just before they hit the stage Houston’s Toyota Center stage as the headlining act of the NBA All-Star Saturday Night, the guys said that Fall Out followers can expect a few more unexpected visitors when they release their forthcoming album “Save Rock and Roll” on April 16.
“There are going to be a couple of guests,” singer Patrick Stump said, opting to keep his lips sealed on the specifics. “I think we’re going to keep mum about it for now.”
Bassist Pete Wentz explained that though they’ve finished their album, there’s still some paperwork and signatures that have to be signed before clearing the featured guests.
“Those are the last things that we’re working out,” Pete said. “I don’t think all of the contracts have been signed yet. But I will say that if people are excited about the 2 Chainz idea, there’s more exciting stuff.”
“More left field stuff,” guitarist Joe Trohman added. “But to me it doesn’t feel left field. We all like different stuff. I look at it like these four Venn diagrams that kind of all come together in the middle on a bunch of strange stuff that makes cool music.
Of all the bandmates, Wentz confessed that he probably has the wildest collaboration ideas. “I come with some weird ones that sometimes we don’t do,” he said through laughter.
The group also talked about why they named their album “Save Rock and Roll.” It sounds like a huge statement, suggesting that they’ve returned from a four-year hiatus to rescue a struggling genre. But really, the band says, the title is meant more flippantly.
“We like to take the piss out of ourselves and say it before anyone else can say it,” said Wentz. “There’s an aspect where it is tongue in cheek. But at the same time, we were watching the Grammys and it was great to see Gotye and Fun. and different things in pop win. A year ago, I couldn’t have imagined Fall Out Boy and 2 Chainz performing at the All-Star game. It’s wild and different.”
Trohman mentioned that what curretly cripples the rock genre is its unwillingness at times to break barriers. “Some of what hurts rock and roll is the idea of purism,” he said. “People box it in and say it has to abide by these rules to be rock and roll. And that [mindset] not very rock and roll.”
“The first time I heard the title, I laughed because it was tongue-in-cheek,” Stump said. “Then I thought about it some more and there’s something real in it because I think rock and roll, when it becomes a traditionalist medium, loses itself. We forget that the Rolling Stones were paying attention to blues. Gun N’ Roses were wearing N.W.A. hats. The reality is that rock and roll isn’t on the radio as much and there’s tons of dudes making rock and roll. That says something.”
Fall Out Boy’s latest single aims to make a big statement via radio spins. But as they climb the charts, they’ll also be promoting their album through touring and TV appearances. Wentz says that dates are being added to their calendar at a moment’s notice. “We were just having another meeting because our schedules are constantly shifting with more stuff here and there.”
In May, Fall Out Boy will kick off a sold out national tour that wraps at end of June.