Fall Out Boy: 'Rock and Roll Means More Than Leather Jackets and Blues Riffs'

Emo rockers discuss the way they grasp the concept of rock music, biggest success of their career and more.

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Emo rockers Fall Out Boy have caused a lot of stir in the rock community with the title of their new album "Save Rock And Roll." Despite bassist Pete Wentz describing it as "a little tongue in cheek," a large number of rock fans simply couldn't comprehend the idea of band's latest pop approach being labeled as the genre's savior.

In a recent Huffington Post interview, the group discussed their approach to making music and the way they grasp the rock concept in general.

"Rock and roll means more than leather jackets and blues riffs," Wentz said. "We're never going to be a Pitchfork band, we're just not those kind of darlings and we never aspired to be. But I think that we could be a band that's a gateway drug for people. Like, 'They were wearing this band's shirt on stage so I'll check them out,' or 'They made me feel all right, so I know I could be a weirdo in high school and feel like I fit in.' That's what this record, to me, inspires. It needs to unlock something in all of those kids, and if it does, then it's done its job."

Singer Patrick Stump added, "Everyone wants to pretend like they sprang out of the ground with an Animal Collective record in their hands and a David Bowie haircut, and that's just not the case. You discover these things gradually."

Among a wide range of special guests on the new album, one name stands out the most legendary Elton John. It is that very same collaboration that Stump considers possibly the biggest success of his career, naming it as a point when the band realized they "really made it."

"People always ask you this canned question, like 'When did you guys realize you made it?' And we've been doing this for 10 years, and I think the moment we realized we really made it is sitting in the studio with Elton John, because that's not one of the things I thought was in the realm of possibility."

Starting today, "Save Rock and Roll" is available worldwide via Island Records. Prior to the official release, the album was streamed in full, after releasing a total of two video singles "My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark (Light Em Up)" and "The Phoenix."

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    My thoughts exactly. A vast majority of today's music regardless of genre can track it's roots to the blues. The Blues ARE rock and roll (leather jacket not included). Side point: as the mighty Frank Zappa once said, "No change in musical style will survive unless it is accompanied by a change in clothing style. Rock is to dress up to."
    This is retarded. Rock n roll was never a fashion statement and will never be.
    m sorry but rock and roll was always a fashion statement. elvis with his promiscuous dancing, led zep with their weird dragon suits, sex pistols and punk dress, judas priest and the s and m clothing. not to say its all about a fashion statement, but theres a reason rockers wear band t's and jeans and not polo shirts
    Fashion has nothing to do with these rock wannabes. This cd is nothing but damn club music. Such a shame too. Patrick is a great vocalist.
    Nah. Led zep and Elvis were nothing without their music. Their music brought them the fame before they even make their own signature fashion. If their music were shit, no one would give two sweaty ballsacks about what they wore.
    well to be fair elvis was nothing without black music. same goes for a lot of british bands in the 70s without delta blues. and if your last point were true then no one would care about the sex pistols. read up on them a bit and listen to their music and then tell me that they werent a fashion statement. not saying rock music as a whole is about fashion, but fashion is a big part of it wheter you realize it or like it or not
    rock was never about fashion, it was about "**** you" and if any real bands (unlike the one currently disgracing this website) dressed oddly or had a certain fashion it's because they didnt give a shit what others thought about what they were wearing; they liked it and **** everyone else. TL;DR - Fall out toddlers can go suck a cock for claiming to "save rock and roll." The best way they could do that is quit.
    I think what Wentz meant to say was - "I'm an attention seeking prick and I gave this album this name just to wind everyone up and spark a backlash that will hype up the record for us"
    I'll say it one more time...FOB would not know a ROCK song if it came up and hit one of the POP WIMPS in the face and that goes for the majority of so called BANDS for the last 15-20 years....
    Why does UG give any attention to this band? What's next? A Lil Wayne album review because he owns a guitar and occasionally rapes it?
    Kind of understand what he said about the band being a 'gateway drug' for rock music.
    So many pretentious people who judge this album just cuz its FOB and they expect something from 2002, and are insecure about what people might think if they admit to enjoying it. These are awesome intense pop rock songs, great melodies, hard hitting beats and vocals. Turn it up loud and enjoy it. I can't stand when people hate on bands just cuz they are "cool to hate". Take it for what it is, and its pretty good.
    But I don't enjoy pop rock. I enjoy pop, I enjoy rock, but I can't do 'em both at once.
    Tell you the truth I didnt read the article I just came to see the comments about the article title and needless to say I'm very amused
    As apparently the only guy in a 30 mile radius from me who likes the album, I say this. Who cares what the title is? I mean they know it's a joke. Everyone else does. Sure I was stunned when I heard Fallout Boy were making a pop album, but I actually like it. It's a damn good pop album.
    "Rock and roll means more than leather jackets and blues riffs" ...No, actually, that's pretty much what rock and roll is.
    I'm sorry but I think people need to come to terms with the fact that rock has evolved, I'm not saying Fall Out Boy are the future of rock music but at least theyre trying not to release the same album over and over again for decades, like so called rock 'legends' Guns n Roses, Metallica and every hard rock/metal band that has come out since 1989. Music isnt about bands playing slight variations of each others riffs, its about expressing and trying to stand out, rock was about not conforming, and thats what Fall Out Boy are doing now. I love 'Take This To Your Grave' but I'm glad theyre not trying to recreate it, in fact FOB are one of the few bands that sound different on every album, theyre evolving the same way good musicians should. So hats off to Fall Out Boy even though I probably wont buy the new album. Sorry if I insulted any Guns n Roses or Metallica or whatever fans. Thats just my opinion.
    Guns N' Chains
    Please don't compare Fall Out Boy to Guns N' Roses and Metallica. Those guys would chew these guys up and spit them back out on the ground like a flavorless piece of gum! GNR and Metallica have NOT released the same album over and over again. Maybe listening to "Kill Em' All" and then through the rest of the catalog up until say "Reload" would help clarify. Maybe check out "Appetite For Destruction" and then up until "The Spaghetti Incident?" These bands progressed, for better or for worse, just as much as Fall Out Boy supposedly have. I'm not saying evolving is bad. Musicians continue to grow and be influenced by other things all the time. I don't want my favorite band(s) to keep releasing the same thing over and over. But I still want them to have that familiar sound, attitude, or what have you, that got me interested in them in the first place.
    I actually would like them to go back to Take This To Your Grave and From Under the Cork Tree. Those two albums make this band, and they weren't so poppy then. They shouldn't collaborate with anyone, they just need to go back to playing guitar in their old pop-punk fashion.
    link no1
    I was with you up until you said Metallica releases the same album every time. You obviously have never listened to them since they have been releasing pretty damn different albums since the Black Album. Anyway, I stopped reading there since if you're the kind of guy to make statements about bands you obviously haven't listened to since the 80's then most of your opinions must also be idiotic and based around 0 facts aswell.
    Wentz probably didn't understand that it's the leather and blues riffs that are more than simple material and musical things. They definitely have a communication problem.
    I guess hating these guys is the new bandwagon, eh? I actually like them, and I'll make sure to check out their new album.
    bandwagon. such an easy, unfair way of dismissing general public opinion, even when it is not completely invalid.
    They will forever remember that Elton John collaborated with them, but I'm sure Elton will forget in 5 years
    Sorry guys, but I cannot fully understand why you're hating on Fall Out Boy like they're ****ing Nickelback. Yes I've heard some of their music and I know it's just shitty pop-rock. But I can understand Wentz' point, because I started listening to rock with 13, listening mainly to My Chemical Romance and also some Fall Out Boy and their music brought me into the rock and metal scene in the first place. Now I listen to Pantera, Mastodon, Rush, Floyd and many other rock bands. I admit that he could've at least admit that their album is shit and ONLY there to make more teens listen to good rock music. But who would call his own music shit?
    rock and roll is a term which has been used soo many times in the wrong context, just like the devil horns. Get over it
    Haven't we already agreed that the title is ironic, Fall Out Boy is talented, and Pete Wentz is an ass and a shitty bassist?
    I'm glad no one is gonna take this douche seriously about Fallout Boy saving rock and roll.
    Patrick Stump: "Our collaboration with Elton John made me realize that we had made it as a band." Kurt Cobain: "Bitch, please. You haven't made it as a band until you've been parodied by Weird Al Yankovic."
    is that a real quote from Cobain?
    No but I read somewhere that when Weird Al made Smells Like Nirvana, Kurt took that as a sign that the band had made it
    At that point in the industry, having your song parodied by Weird Al was taken as a sign you made it.
    It's not blues riffs and leather jackets. It's half assed riffs and skinny jeans. GAH!
    Yes, they might have "made it". Yes, they may have sat in the studio with Elton John. Still a shit band though.
    Alex Turner would have something to say about this. But I don't. Because I stopped caring about Fallout Boy probably 8 years ago. I think the rest of UG did as well. Can we hear something from new artists?
    Mr Brownst0ne
    leather jackets? blues riffs!? SIGN ME UP!! if only that's what rock n roll was anymore.
    Yeah, seriously...or at least let's give some of the "blue-rock" artists like the Black Keys some *original* blues riffs.
    Emo rockers? They aren't even close to emo. What, are 15 year old girls writing these articles now?
    Sure they're emo. They have extremely emotional, soulful, and poppy vocals that actually speak to people with beast alternative/pop-rock instrumentals, so yeah, they're emo. Give me one GOOD reason to hate them. I dare you.
    Did I say they're a terrible band? Did I say you shouldn't like them? Did I tell you there is any reason for people to not listen to them? No, I said they aren't emo. Emo died in the late 90s/early 2000s. It sounded nothing like Fall Out Boy. Lyrical content doesn't define a genre. I could make a pop song about death and that wouldn't make it metal. Alternative and Pop Rock instrumental work also has nothing in common with Emo music. Educate yourself on music history if you're going to try arguing about it.
    I really wish UG would stop giving these posers all this undeserved attention.
    I wish you'd eat my d*ck.
    me too, that would be a sight to see!
    Witty observation there jackass, but unfortunately your boyfriend there looks like the jealous type. I'm gonna go read about real music now and I'll let you two go back to blowing each other.
    >"a little tongue in cheek," Eww, brr, that's disgusting!
    considering your cheeks enclose your mouth and vicariously your tongue, i guess you could always say that you have a "little tongue in cheek." What is so gross about anatomy everyone has?
    "What is so gross about anatomy everyone has?" If we include pooping and vomiting, then 2 girls 1 cup answers your question. I'm sorry for pointing that out.
    OMG OMG OMG They certainly saved Rock n Roll...Our saviors have arrived... The back-bone of Rock n' Roll. The Heart of Ultimate Guitar are here!!!
    It's an English expression that I wont explain because google exists.
    I don't care, it sounds disgusting, especially from a fag's mouth.
    Aren't you a regular writer for this site? You think you'd show a little more class with that kind of status.
    I recently discovered that Wenzt is in fact heterosexual, thus doing away with, what I thought was, their only redeeming quality of be queercore. But in all seriousness, grow the **** up! 1) Tung-in-cheek means sarcastic or facetious. 2)STOP BEING A HOMOPHOBE YOU HALF-SENTIENT PIECE OF SHIT!
    Can we all agree to stop using the word "homophobe"? The people we label as homophobes do NOT have any kind of phobia. They don't have an uncontrollable, irrational fear of homosexuals. They're just *****s. Simple as that.
    These guys are right. Rock and Roll is actually about making songs featuring 2-Chainz. In which 2-Chainz doesn't actually sing. Goddamn idiots.
    Have any of you actually listened to their new album? Have you heard the production on it? I bet more than half of you haven't even given it a chance, so why don't you listen to the songs first before you write it off as horrible. God reading the comments of any article on this site is just horrible. If you don't like the band, or the article itself, don't read it! Their album might not be what is going to "Save Rock and Roll", but it is a great album nonetheless!
    I doubt ANYONE who is dissing them has heard anything off the album to be honest. I also find it hilarious that the haters claim that hating FOB is NOT just a bandwagon, and yet your comment (and anything other comments like it) has dislikes.
    So let me get this straight, if music is popular, then that music is bad? 'Cause that is all I've been told reading these comments. Ignorance...
    Phoenix V
    Who is content with coming second or third or...last? If you were in a band that had the chance of international exposure (face it, there are millions of musicians worldwide who would give a left portion of their genatalia to be internationally recognised), wouldn't you want to make music that made a mark? Why would you release content that was average, which you know is average and then declare a contentment for your band to be an advertisment for people to investigate other bands?? Maybe I'm just getting old, but this makes no sense to me.
    Kim Jong Un
    On the contrary, rock 'n' roll is AL about leather jackets and blues riffs! And that's what makes it good.
    Remain Wise
    Too many cynical immature douchebags on this site to really take in the message. Just because they're a popular band you don't wanna feel like part of the crowd, right?
    Fall out boy should change their name to GLEE...They know nothing about rock n roll.
    I actually kind of get what they're saying here. And really, if they're willing to put their reputation as rockers (not that they have much of one left) on the line to try and expose people to rock music who wouldn't otherwise be exposed to it, I respect that.
    Can't say I like what they did, so I won't. It just sounds like a group of like 30 year old dudes trying to make a radio hit.
    Music must have been great before the internet.. back when artists could just make a statement without people whining, or having to defend every artistic idea. It must have been great when the full package was left completely up to the listener's interpretation. Don't get me wrong.. I love UG, but the fact that this artist, or any artist, has to explain their album title because people whined about it is obnoxious.