FALL OUT BOY’S NEW RELEASE FOLIE A DEUX SCHEDULED FOR NOVEMBER 4TH ELECTION DAY
FIRST SINGLE “I DON’T CARE”
FALL OUT BOY HEADLINES “ROCK THE VOTE BALLOT BASH” IN DENVER, ON FIRST NIGHT OF DEMOCRATIC CONVENTION
Fall Out Boy’s “Beat It” nominated for Best Rock Video at 25th annual MTV VMAs
Multi-platinum three-time MTV VMA-winning Island Records group Fall Out Boy have officially announced their upcoming new third Island album FOLIE A DEUX, to be released on November 4th, 2008. The band told a packed audience about the release the other night at the 2008 Democratic National Convention, when they headlined the “Rock the Vote Ballot Bash.” FOLIE A DEUX was produced by Neal Avron at The Pass Studios in Los Angeles. The first single will be the track “I Don’t Care.” Radio dates to be announced shortly.
For FOLIE A DEUX, Fall Out Boy spearheaded a politically charged group that unveiled cryptic “Big Brother” type messages in order to support and ignite a democratic process. Impressively, the creative album roll-out garnered over 1 million impressions in just one week online across literally hundreds of websites such as absolutepunk.net, friendsorenemies.com, Live Journal communities and many other popular music websites, including the band’s own site, www.falloutboyrock.com. “This roll-out was started to engage people and let them tell their own stories. We came up with the beginning and the end, while the rest happened organically,” says FOB bass player Pete Wentz.
Meanwhile, Fall Out Boy‘s cover of Michael Jackson’s “Beat It” has been nominated for Best Rock Video at this year’s 25th annual MTV VMAs. The worldwide cablecast takes place live from Paramount Studios in Hollywood, on Sunday night, September 7th at 9:00 p.m. (Eastern).
Since their first major market headlining North American arena tour in spring 2006, Chicago’s Fall Out Boy – Patrick Stump (vocals/guitar), Pete Wentz (bass), Joe Trohman (guitar), and Andy Hurley (drums) – have appeared on the covers of Rolling Stone, Spin, Blender, and Alternative Press have have performed on NBC’s The Today Show, Saturday Night Live, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Late Night with Conan O’Brien, CBS’s The Late Show with David Letterman, ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live and more.
Read on after the jump to heat what the guys in Fall Out Boy had to say during their press conference before the Nike+ Human Race 10K at Chicago’s Soldier Field.
Chicago was one of 25 cities around the world hosting a 10K race in Nike’s first global race that brought together the power of sport and music to inspire and connect runners from every corner of the world. Hometown favorite Fall Out Boy performed for runners in an exclusive post-race concert at the home of the Chicago Bears – Soldier Field. Read on for more Fall Out Boy!
First off, are you guys all runners? Would you run a 10K race?
Joe: My beard isn’t very wind resistant.
Andy: Mine is.
Patrick: We were just talking about this. We’ve all flirted with the idea of running at some point, but I think Andy is the only one in the right shape.
How did you guys get involved with the Nike Human Race?
Patrick: First off, the fact that it’s in Chicago.
Pete: We were worried about this banner behind us being contractually inaccurate. People cannot actually run on the ocean. I want to put that out there.
Patrick: Not yet. We have a team of scientists working on it. I think the fact that Chicago’s participating as one of the 25 cities was really exciting to us. We’re a Chicago band. I feel like I’m just boring everybody.
I’m going to equate your band getting ready for the show tonight to the runners getting ready for the Human Race. What do you guys do to get pumped up for a show?
Patrick: Not to belittle our profession, but I think it takes a lot more to prepare for something like this [Nike+ HR 10K] than it does to prepare for a show. I’ve seen some of my friends preparing for a run. They’ll take months if it’s a really serious one. I don’t know if we have anything on that scale. We write songs, I guess.
You are going to play in front of a bunch of sweaty people who have just finished running a 10K. How are you going to keep them dancing after they’re already exhausted?
Joe: We’re going to squeeze our sweat onto them. I think it will revitalize.
Pete: That’s actually one of the things we were worried about.
Patrick: That’s a very tall order.
This is a 25-city international race. What do people expect from the Chicago experience?
Pete: It’s going to be the best one.
Joe: Quite obviously. Biggest and the best.
Patrick: I came and saw one of my friends who was running the Chicago Marathon – the last one.
Pete: Who are all these runner friends you keep talking about?
Patrick: Maggie – you know Maggie.
Pete: Ok. “My friend who runs a lot. Let’s call them…”
Patrick: My girlfriend’s a runner; my friend, too. Anyway, so she was running it and they shut down the Chicago Marathon this year because of the heat. The thing that amazed me about it was how that wasn’t stopping the majority of the runners here. I think that’s the one thing that Chicago has going for it – is we experience enough weather that rain or shine, anyone’s ready to go.
Pete: It’s the biggest one in the U.S., which is pretty cool. It’s a good one to have. We got the tallest building, the biggest race in the U.S.
What is the story behind the name of your new album, Folie A Deux?
Pete: It means the shared madness of two. The French had these awesome psychiatric terms. It’s the scientific definition of what happened between Romeo and Juliet. When one person’s psychosis becomes the other person’s psychosis and they revolve around each other until it’s independent of anyone else’s neurosis. Say someone like Amy Winehouse and the guy in jail –
Joe: Blake Civil-Fielder. I read magazines.
Pete: It could be anything. It could be a reference to an artist; the way his or her fans drive them to be crazier and because of that the artist becomes crazier and more unrelatable. Any relationship like that. I think anyone who’s been around awhile has experienced something like that. Maybe not quite as crazy where you’re smoking crack and whatnot.
Joe: Why not…
The album also comes out on Election Day. Is there some meaning or correlation behind that?
Patrick: One of the things is that you do have a two-party system. But there’s also the dynamic between the electorate and the elected. I think that generally, anytime you have that kind of dichotomy, there’s the potential for –
Pete: The election basically is going to be a big party, and we want to crash the biggest party of the year.
Joe: Vote, then buy our record.
Andy, this question is for you. Being the drummer, is there anything you do to stay in shape?
Andy: I usually do warm-ups; I warm up playing. I do jumping jacks, until the show – what show was that? The Victoria’s Secret thing; I don’t know if I’m supposed to say other corporations. I was doing these box step-ups and I totally fell in front of everyone. It was horrible, so I will never move from a seated position again.
What prompted you to push the new record via a recent viral marketing campaign on the Internet featuring your new Mix Tape: Citizens For Our Betterment (CFOB)?
Pete: To not get too boring, we decided we liked the roll-out that a couple of different pieces had, like the Nine Inch Nails record and the Batman movies. We realized that we couldn’t really hire that kind of company to do a roll-out for us. We also realized that kind of stuff may be dubbed marketing, but to us it’s part of the art of the record. We decided to create an autocratic Big Brother organization that put out these really vague phrases like, “Change is here if you want it to be.” Just kind of strange things and called it Citizens For Our Betterment. In doing that, by accident, we created a really Democratic campaign because people started making up their own sites. It was weird; we were changing it every day. We always had the plan to release a mix tape because we’d been watching guys like Lil Wayne and Kanye. Long story short, you can get it on the Internet if you want. Sorry, I apologize, that’s a pretty boring answer.
Patrick: It’s a really long answer to a very short question.
Pete: I apologize.
Pete, your parents met on the Biden campaign years ago. Did you grow up in a talkative political house?
Pete: Yes, my dad’s a Philadelphia lawyer, so there was never an argument won by me in my entire life.
It must have been pretty thrilling playing at the 2008 Democratic National Convention in Denver.
Pete: Yes, it was pretty exciting. My dad was like, “Yeah, watch out for Joe Biden. Tell him I say Hi.” I was like, “I don’t know if I’m going to run into him, really. That’s not really how it works.” It was still exciting for my dad, I think.
What’s the stupidest question that was ever asked?
Patrick: We’ve answered the question of our name enough times now –
Joe: And how we got together.
Patrick: Not to say that I’m going to be annoyed if anyone asks; I’m happy to oblige the answer. You can just Wikipedia that.
Joe: You can say we’ve been asked that well over 100 times.
What can we expect from the new record as far as production and guest appearances?
Patrick: We’re with Neal Avron again, who’s done – this will be our third record with him. He’s awesome. That relationship is still growing. It’s a lot of stuff, a lot of instruments going on. They’re the biggest sessions we’ve ever had, just as far as tracks to mix.
Joe: An insurmountable amount of tracks.
Patrick: We made it a nightmare for Neal to mix. The other day he sent us a track that he was like, “You realize you put 100 things on this.” A hundred instruments.
Joe: A hundred different tracks on it.
Pete: Our last record was like Christmas and you got presents from Santa. This is like you walk downstairs at 3 AM and dad’s a little liquored up and putting the presents out and eating the cookies. You’re like, “Holy fuck! Dad does that every year.”
What factors went into deciding that “I Don’t Care” would be the first single off the new record?
Pete: It was like a race; that’s the first song we got done.
Andy: Kind of.
Patrick: It was the first song we got done, but we partially picked that because we knew that was probably going to be the single. It was one of those things; it just felt right. If there was a statement to be made with the record – which I don’t want to just give away – I want the record to speak for itself. But if there is, I think that song has a lot to do with saying it, but then it also is just a fun song.
Joe: Very memorable guitar riffs, big chorus, all that fun stuff.
Pete: It’s an anthem for the YouTube generation. If you have seven seconds of an attention span.
Andy, any songs on the new record that you’re particularly proud of?
Andy: Why me?
Joe: They love you bro.
Andy: Why me? I’m getting all the questions.
Joe: Come on, drummer.
Andy: I don’t remember. So many songs. What was the question again?
Joe: Any songs you’re especially proud of?
Andy: The whole record. I think it’s the best thing we’ve ever done. In my opinion, if we were on the same trajectory – stopping at And Justice For All – of Metallica, this is our And Justice For All.
Joe: Definitely. We’re not a Black Album, yet.
Andy: I don’t know if we want to go there. Maybe?
What is your favorite thing to do in Chicago? What are you going to do tonight after your performance?
Joe: I’m going to live here.
Andy: My favorite thing to do here is to hate the Bears and Cubs, and all of their fans.
Joe: He’s from Milwaukee, everyone.
Andy: And be happy when the Cubs lose and the Brewers win.
Patrick: See, we’re all Chicago men here, but him. The food – nowhere else in the world has food like Chicago, and it’s across the board.
Joe: You can actually get cheap good food here – inexpensive.
Patrick: Or expensive good food.
Joe: That’s a given.
Pete: We own a bar here, too. We’ll probably go there tonight. It’s called Angels & Kings. It’s at 710 North Clark.