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."