On Monday, MTV News posted an extended interview with Fall Out Boy frontman Patrick Stump , in which he discussed life, celebrity and songs from the band’s upcoming Folie à Deux album.
It was unique, because, well, it was probably the first FOB-related story in history that didn’t contain a single quote from bassist/mouthpiece Pete Wentz. So, not willing to deny you your daily dose of Wentz, we reached out to him for his take on some tracks from Folie, an album that he’s previously compared to AC/DC and hinted would head into decidedly political territory . Clearly, he’d have something to say this time too.
And though he and director Alan Ferguson were furiously editing the video for the album’s first single, “I Don’t Care,” Wentz — not surprisingly — was good enough to respond, dissecting a handful of songs, though he cautioned that the album is still very much in flux. There’s no firm track list yet, and any and all song titles are subject to change. But, as he put it, that’s just sort of the way Fall Out Boy operate.
“We have been editing the ‘I Don’t Care’ video relentlessly for the last three days. I feel as though my eyes are going to fall out,” he wrote from an L.A.-area editing suite. “I am not sure of the track order or listing or even titles of the songs on the record as of yet, but this is the context that Fall Out Boy seems to thrive in the most.”
While he’s not certain about most of the song titles, it seems like a 100 percent lock that “I Don’t Care” is still gonna be called “I Don’t Care” when Folie hits shelves November 4, so we decided to ask him about that one right off the bat.
“It’s more of a narcissist’s anthem than … a nihilist’s anthem, you know? ‘I don’t care as long as you’re thinking about me,’ ” he wrote. “To me, it’s like a YouTube anthem for the YouTube generation, just about how our attention span is about seven seconds, maybe twice that if you have a Red Bull and fast broadband, so you really have to slam people in the face. But at the same time, [it asks,] ‘Why can’t we get people to pay attention for two minutes and 35 seconds?’ ”
After that, things get a little bit hazy. The next song Wentz wrote us about is — in theory — destined to be the album opener, a track he calls “a billboard.”
“It says ‘hate me’ or ‘love me,’ it’s obvious,” he wrote. “That is its purpose, and it serves it well.”
And finally, there’s a song tentatively titled “Mr. Benzedrine,” which seems to be the haziest song on the record … and not just because the title will probably change between now and November. No, from the sound of things, it’s unlike anything Fall Out Boy have attempted before, and it just so happens to be about futuristic desert combat.
“The song that stands out to me the most is called ‘Mr. Benzedrine’ on the dry-erase board in the studio. I am sure the title will change, but the song is intact,” Wentz wrote. “Brendon [Urie] from Panic plays keyboards on this one, which is the most political yet least lucid and self-aware Fall Out Boy song to date. It centers on the idea of Benzedrine and [a] revolving typewriter paper of the beats, musically. The lyrics are about a war in the desert in a far-off time, but maybe not.”