There's one thing you can say about the reunited and recharged Fall Out Boy — they've definitely stepped up their music video game.
Case in point: their brand-new video for "The Phoenix," which continues the story line (and the winning streak) they launched with the "My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark" clip. It's decidedly dark — for them, at least — unquestionably cool, and sets the stage for what's quickly becoming a rather gripping, and grisly, caper.
The "Phoenix" video opens with the conclusion of the "My Songs" clip, with the FOB guys bound-and-blindfolded in the back of a black van. From there, the story goes back in time, where we see them standing over a briefcase, which contains, well, something important — or maybe it's just a MacGuffin — because Patrick Stump decides to cuff it to his wrist for safe keeping.
That proves to be a costly mistake, as he's soon abducted and taken to a remote location, where he's tortured, has his hand lopped off, and undergoes what appears to be some sort of surgery (perhaps that will be revealed in the next video?) Then, we watch as, one by one, his bandmates are abducted by a super-sexy squad of femme fatales, and there's something going on with a falcon too. Sure, it may be dizzying to keep track of all the action, but, hey, this is just the second chapter of what seems to be a lengthy, complex story.
Shoot, Fall Out Boy even said as much on their official site, calling the video "Chapter two of eleven," and tease "Stay tuned for chapter three, coming to a computer, tablet or phone near you soon."
But for now, at least we know how Fall Out Boy got in the back of that van. But who are their captors? What's their endgame? And what, exactly, is in that briefcase? Guess we're just gonna have to wait for the next chapter to find out. And we're not complaining, not when a band is operating at the peak of their creative abilities, and churning out compelling work that leaves us wanting more. They're unspoiling a story that recalls the twisting works of Bryan Singer or Rian Johnson, and it's a testament to the material that we're hooked. Waiting to find out what happens next is the hardest part ... but, hey, no one ever said Saving Rock and Roll would be easy.
Where do Fall Out Boy go in chapter 3? Give us your guesses in the comments below!