In fact, Wentz told MTV News that the music he is most excited about in 2010 is coming from a close friend. "My pick for 2010 is Craig Owens, formerly of Chiodos," Wentz said in an e-mail. "I've heard some of his new demos." (Paramore's Hayley Williams, Cobra Starship's Gabe Saporta and Owl City also shared their favorite new artists for MTV News' Rock Week.)
Up until September of last year, Owens served as the singer for Michigan post-hardcore screamers Chiodos, who have released a pair of records and three EPs in their nine-year career. Owens was let go from the band last fall after rumors of acrimony between himself and the rest of the band. (In an official statement, the band announced, "This decision was a necessary one. Out of respect for all of the hard work that we have put in together for all of these years we will not be discussing the specific reasons that this needed to happen.")
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But Owens got right to work on his next project, which Wentz expects to see some time later this year. He's no stranger to work outside of his main band, as he has worked with supergroup the Sound of Animals Fighting and Isles & Glaciers, as well as with the Devil Wears Prada and MXPX. If his new tracks are anything like the solo EP he released on iTunes last year, it will be full of lovely, gentle melodies — a far cry from the scream-and-stomp of Chiodos.
No matter what becomes of Owens' work, Wentz feels pretty good about the evolution of music in the first year of this decade. "I feel like it's going to be less about Auto-Tune and vapid ideas," he said.
It's Rock Week at MTV News, and to celebrate, we're taking a look at some of the most-anticipated new albums and bands of 2010. Stay tuned all week for more!