Hey, bloggers! Pay attention, because Pete Wentz is about to make things very easy for you.
Here’s what he has to say about Fall Out Boy’s new album — you know, the one that may or may not have an Iggy Pop & the Stooges-meet-the Smiths feel to it? The same one they’re currently working on with producer Neal Avron? Anyway, yeah, here’s how Wentz describes it. And again, we urge you to have your OMGs and WTFs at the ready.
“It’s early, but the ideas we’ve got right now, they’re really guitar-riff-heavy. A lot of other bands, like AC/DC or the White Stripes, you know their songs by the opening guitar riff,” Wentz told MTV News. “So basically, I want our record to be like an AC/DC album or a White Stripes album. I want to make sure the bloggers say that. Actually, I’m just kidding about that. Well, I was kidding about the White Stripes part. Not AC/DC.”
So there you go. The new Fall Out Boy record is going to be heavily influenced by the fret-shredding heroics of Jack White and Angus Young. Except that it probably won’t, because, as Wentz points out, pretty much every song the band has ever written has gone through about, well, 30 different permutations. And, like he said, it’s still really early.
“We’ve put down, like, three to four songs, but they’re just ideas right now. This is how we do our songs. They go through, like, 30 changes. ’Sugar [We’re Going Down]’ went through 30 changes, and then it just went back to the way it was when we first started, so I don’t know if these ideas we’ve got now will change or end up just like they are now,” he explained. “Right now, we’ve got a bunch of great parts surrounded by a web.”
And they’re weaving that web at Avron’s home, which has perks the average recording studio wouldn’t (“He’s got a trampoline built into the ground, a pool and a really awesome kid. So it’s really easy to do test marketing, because if his kid says it sucks, we know it sucks,” Wentz laughed). And as for how the pre-production process works? Well, Wentz is quick to explain with a “Wizard of Oz” metaphor (why not?).
“The way it works is, Patrick is kind of like Dorothy from ’The Wizard of Oz,’ and we’re all the supporting characters. I’m like the Tin Man, Hurley is Toto, and Trohman is definitely the Lion, because he’s got big hair and he’s very boisterous,” he laughed. “I go over there after I leave the set of ’FNMTV,’ and usually before too. Usually twice a day. Patrick is always there, working on new stuff. We keep him chained in the basement.”
So when can fans expect to hear the new album? Well, Wentz said FOB hope to start recording it this summer, and that it will hopefully be in stores before the end of the year. Then again, that wouldn’t be the first time he’s said something like that .
“I think we’re gonna start recording this summer, because it’s 116 degrees in Los Angeles, and I need to be someplace with extreme air-conditioning,” he said. “But I always say that, and then we screw it up, so we’ll see.”