Fall Out Boy is one of the few rock bands left to get radio airplay on the Mainstream 40 — and rock is what they’re best at. On Thursday (June 22) the pop punk purveyors released “Champion,” the first single off their upcoming album M A N I A.
Though the first taste of the album “Young and Menace” was a bit of a bizarre departure for the rock group, their new track “Champion” is much more in line with the FOB sound that has been commercially successful in recent years.
Unlike “Young and Menace,” which took the band into bro-y, pump-up EDM territory with dramatic bass drops and even featured an odd Britney Spears lyrical reference, “Champion” is an anthemic track that already sounds like a stadium hit. With fierce guitar sounds, a dynamic build, and an empowering chorus of Patrick Stump proclaiming, “If I can live through this, I can do anything,” the track may be a strong indicator of what can be expected from the rest of M A N I A, out Sept. 15.
Listen to “Champion” below.