Fall Out Boy's Joe Trohman: 'My Best Thing Is Putting On The Best Live Show'

Joe Trohman talks about everything concerning himself and the band. He speaks enthusiastically about the new signature Washburn WI26 guitar as well.

Fall Out Boy's Joe Trohman: 'My Best Thing Is Putting On The Best Live Show'
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With an ever-growing myriad of music awards and platinum records to their credit, Fall Out Boy persistently delivers their brand of melodic punk rock to elated audiences worldwide. Joe Trohman, guitarist for the popular Chicago based band, subsists for the live experience. Known for his energetic stage antics, especially his signature spin known as Trohmania, his number one goal is to get out there and put on the best live show possible. The recently released CD/DVD Fall Out Boy - Live In Phoenix is temporarily appeasing fans while the band uses the summer of 2008 to record their next studio album. Below is Brian D. Holland's recent conversation with Joe Trohman, in which he talks about everything concerning himself and the band. He talks enthusiastically about the new Joe Trohman signature Washburn WI26 guitar as well. Brian D. Holland: Live In Phoenix was released on April 1st. That's a CD and a DVD, Joe? Joe Trohman: Yes, it's a CD and DVD. The DVD has the show and some extra footage on it. It was recorded at one show on the Honda Civic tour in Phoenix. We actually made sure we played really well that day. [Laughing] Joe, in 2005, From Under the Cork Tree went on to platinum status, selling more than 2.5 million albums in the US alone. In February, 2007, the band released Infinity On High to major chart success. It reached number 1 on the Billboard top 200, selling 260,000 copies the first week. The first single, This Ain't A Scene, It's an Arms Race, reached number 1 on the Pop 100 and number 2 on the Billboard Hot 100. Has the fame fully sunken in yet? It's weird. I think it's different for all of us. With Pete, and some of the things he's chosen to do, he's definitely made himself more of a bonafide, all-around celebrity, which is cool, but totally his thing. For everyone who grew up with him, including myself and the rest of the band, we all knew he was destined to be that kind of dude. Patrick gets bugged a lot, honestly, because he's the front man of the band. It's impossible not to. I've noticed it a lot lately when I've been going out. But I just don't go out a lot. That was going to be my next question. Do you miss the privacy and the freedom you once had? I definitely miss it to an extent. But I'll tell you exactly how it is. For me, the things I do to entertain myself outside of the house revolve around people who, although they might listen to Fall Out Boy, are not of the age where they know what all four of us look like, our stats and stuff. I think that would happen more often if I went to malls and stuff like that. The other day I went to a Japanese restaurant and then to Target, and I got bugged. But just last night, I went to a jazz bar. Nobody bugged me there. So it all depends upon where I go to hang out. It's never that bad. Honestly, most people are like super cool, and they'll just come up to me and shake hands, and that'll be it. But it rarely gets out of control. How's the relationship with Island Records going? That's a loaded question. Let's just say that we're able to keep a lot of things within our control, which I think is very important. That's the type of band we are. We build ourselves up, so we're never going to relinquish control, or too much control. The labels are taking a beating, or beating themselves. You'll see some wild changes soon. I think we all will. But things have been alright for us. Things are going fine. I had heard that you were involved in an acting routine recently, for a movie or something. Yeah. We did this kind of all-star cast comedy thing. There were a lot of cameos. One of our friends, Seth Green, kind of got us in this movie. They were looking for us to be in it, and then Seth was like, Well, I know those guys. So I'll hit 'em up. He asked us, and we were like Totally. We had some improv lines with Seth, and now we'll see what gets cut up and used. We did some performance scenes, which was pretty much like taping a music video and playing to a track. I had a lot of fun; I love hanging out with Seth. He's such a rad guy, and we just sat around drinking beers. It was a good time. It could be a really funny movie. It's based around the scenario of Amish children, and when they reach a certain age. They're given the opportunity to go out and experience the world, to see if they want to be Amish. That's what it's based around. The script said Untitled Teen Road Movie, so, we'll know the title when everyone else does. What were the circumstances that got you into playing guitar? It was probably the same stuff that gets every person into playing. When I was a kid, my parents got me into piano, viola, and trombone. They were the three instruments I went through. The moment I started playing trombone, which was the last one before guitar, I knew I wanted to play guitar really badly. I was a huge Metallica fan, and I'm really into Slash. I've always thought he was the coolest dude, and like the greatest guitar player. He's awesome, and I love the fact that he did everything himself. He made the world of guitar fit around him, rather than him fitting around the world of guitar, which I think is really cool. I think I remember watching that Metallica Live Shit - Binge and Purge box set. My grandmother bought it for me. I remember watching that and thinking, yeah, that's what I want to do. My grandpa gave me this old beat up guitar, and I started playing that. My dad gave me the opportunity to play the guitar if I was really serious about it, so he bought me a guitar and an amp made by Barkley. The combination was about 100 bucks. That's how I started really, when I was about nine or ten. I noticed that in the song Thriller, you do get into kind of a thrash metal sound. Yeah, the chugs and triplets. Andy used to be in this metal band called Race Traitor. It was a cool band. They had a part like that. Patrick told Andy that we should use that, so he did kind of a bastardized version of it. You could kind of say that Andy wrote the part originally, in this weird way. But so many different styles of music have influenced us individually and as a band. I think heavy metal is there. It's not always the most predominant factor in Fall Out Boy, but it's definitely there. Andy and I are huge metal heads.
"If people want to call us emo, that's totally cool."
Do you consider Fall Out Boy's style to be emo, or do you want to stay clear of that? That's another loaded question. None of us are pissed about it. If there's a conception of that then it's a misconception. It's weird, but when I was getting into punk rock and hardcore when I was younger, emo was like Fugazi. It was these weird bands that were almost like post hardcore or post punk bands. Many were really political. Emo had to do with how they would vocalize, not the way in which it refers to our music. If people want to call us emo, that's totally cool. We started out as a pop punk band, because we were very much interested in giving the band a sound like Green Day or The Descendents, but I think we've turned into a rock band. Some of our lyrics are definitely emotional, but some Zeppelin lyrics are pretty emotional, too. You could call them an emo band as well. [Laughing] There are too many subgenres in music these days. They tend to confuse more than anything else. And it ruins things for people, because if it has that tag on it, regardless if it sounds like that or not they'll never go and find out what it really sounds like. To be labeled [quote unquote] emo is sometimes very apropos, because there are a bunch of bands that actually sound like carbon copies of each other. But again, that's music, so. Talk a minute about recording. What's your process for recording guitar in the studio? For our last two records, one of the big things we'd do is go to a place where we could go through a bunch of cool gear, like a lot of cool heads. We'd grab some cool guitars, old Les Pauls, some Telecasters. We use this cool guitar called a Giffen a lot. We used the Washburn on the last record, one of my custom Idols. It just sounded great. We usually do drums; we get them out of the way. Then we'll start on some bass and some rhythm guitar. Patrick and I will trade off on rhythm and lead. It's never a conscious thing; it's just whoever is playing what. So I'll play the rhythm on a certain song, and Patrick will lay down his stuff afterward. Or vice versa; he'll lay down the rhythm and I'll come in and do the lead. For me, it's always a relatively quick process, usually a week or two and I'm totally done with everything I need to do. It' song by song, I guess. Talk about the writing process. It started out pretty messed up like any band. Most of the music is written by Patrick. I write a lot on my own, and I'll send a lot of it to Patrick, which he'll use in songs that work. Pete writes the majority of the lyrics. Once Patrick kind of gets what he needs between himself, me, and Pete lyrically, we'll bring it to the band for record pre-production. Then we'll hash out the songs as a band. That's pretty good. It's like a whole group process. Yeah. It's definitely a group process. The thing that fucks up bands a lot is when everybody wants to do everything. We were never like: You're designated this position and you're designated that. We've designated ourselves certain general positions, like I write a tiny bit, but my best thing is getting out there and putting on the best live show possible. That's been my number one goal personally. You can't judge a band until you see them live really. Sometimes it makes people love bands they hated. Patrick's a very prolific writer. He's a one-of-a-kind kind of guy. You've got to let him do his thing. You don't want to get too up in his grill, sort of speak. He always wants me to write little parts and riffs and then email them to him. That's where the technology comes into play. I do a lot of garage band recording and then send him what I really like; even some stuff I might not like as much, the reason being that he might like it more than I do. Is there a particular comfort zone on the guitar you like to stay in, maybe for vocal range, any particular keys? I've tried to make myself comfortable with most of the fretboard as possible. I like pentatonic scales because I've always been a big Tony Iommi fan. I play along with those a lot. I grew up playing a lot of heavy metal; I'm probably better at that than playing Fall Out Boy. [Laughing] It's definitely where my comfort lies. I've tried to make myself someone who can play a decent variety of stuff. I've even made myself learn things that I didn't want to learn, a kind of picking or playing that I just never would've gotten into otherwise. It's made me an all-around better player. What started your signature onstage spin, known as Trohmania? Does it get tiresome after a while? Yeah. [Laughing] That's what the kids started calling it. It's totally a great workout, for a guy who never works out. I've always been going pretty nuts onstage. After the first couple of Fall Out Boy albums I kind of figured out what I wanted to do and started going nuts. There's a lot of spaz inside of me. I know people don't want to see it throughout the day, so I figure, why not unleash it all onstage. That's what I do. I think the spin thing came from watching other people kind of do their versions prior to that. I kind of put my own, without the pun, spin on it. It just turned into my own thing. A lot of people think I'm spinning around twice as many times as I actually am, or twice as fast as I feel like I am. I like that people like it. It got to the point where people like it so much that I try not to do it too many times throughout a set so I won't tire it out. Do you ever get dizzy from it? Sometimes. But it has gotten to the point where I think I know how to position my head with my body. I then follow my movements so I don't get dizzy. I used to get really dizzy, and land pretty weird sometimes. I don't know; I try to throw that in with a lot of jumping off of things and flailing my body around.
" my best thing is getting out there and putting on the best live show possible. That's been my number one goal personally."
Do you use a remote system on the guitar when doing that? Yeah. I use a wireless. We're all on wireless units. I used to use a cable, but it was a nightmare. Someone who worked for the band would have to come out and unwrap the cable as fast as possible in the middle of the songs. I read something last year about the use of animals; the orangutans, monkeys, and chimps in the video Thanks fr th Mmrs. Did the animal rights group have that all wrong? Yeah. They were making a big thing out of nothing. First off, those chimps and orangutans get treated better than the ones in zoos. They're loved, and they're taken care of much better and cleaned much better. And they're only allowed to work a certain amount of time every day. Plus, we had someone from Animal Protection there the entire time, making sure everything was cool. It's really weird that people got pissed off about that. Those animals were treated quite well, probably better than most humans, and definitely better than animals in the zoo. Our fanclub in New Zealand adopted a kiwi bird and named it after me. I really wanted to go to the Auckland zoo to visit it, but they blacklisted me because of our video. I was like, What the fuck is your problem? You keep animals inside a cage. Our drummer is vegan and a peta supporter. We're all animal lovers, so we'd never hurt an animal. Talk about touring, the good points about it and the bad. Good points, well, I love playing the shows. That's why we do it, and it's satisfying pretty much every night. I love trailing out in a group that's like family. It's like a weird troop of carnies. We're really weird guys. We only make sense to each other, and it's fun. When you tour for like six or seven years straight, it gets daunting after a while. You end up missing home, the normal scene, structure. You miss being in the same place every day. I think that's more or less what it is. I don't mind traveling on the bus so much because I sleep really well on the bunks, but flying and staying in hotels really sucks. You get sick all of the time, and you know hotels, they either blast the air conditioning or there's no air conditioning. You get one or the other. I was reading this interview of Tony Iommi, I think in Guitar World or something. I don't really remember. But he was talking about the same thing. He said, I love playing shows, but I hate all the flying and staying in hotels. It's like the worst part. Talk about hobbies or leisure time activities. Are there things fans might be unaware of that you like to do, maybe when you're not playing guitar? Some of it I keep under wraps, because it's stuff that I do want to unleash eventually. Definitely some side music stuff, though it's totally for fun right now. It's been kind of a secondary outlet that will never take precedents over Fall Out Boy. I also like to cook. I've been really getting into cooking, actually trying to cook properly, and properly prepare meals. Things like that. I've been drawing ever since I was a kid, so I do a lot of that. I always consider buying a canvas and doing some acrylic paintings, but I never get around to doing it. I put myself out there a lot, so a lot of the kids that do my blog kind of know what I'm into. Where have the best audiences been for Fall Out Boy so far, where you've garnered the most acceptance, the liveliest as well? Yeah, totally! Obviously, Chicago's great. I can't discount Chicago; that's number one right there. Second to that, New York City has been good. It's always been a great place for us. There are so many places here in the states that are awesome. Southern California has always been pretty cool. Boston has been awesome, too. All our east coast shows have been incredible. Australia, surprisingly, is amazing! The acceptance we've gotten over there is just awesome. Our level of success over there has been huge, and the crowds are amazing. New Zealand has been similar. They're almost a little crazier that the Aussies. Japan's really cool. We did a show in Moscow last year that was incredible. We did a European festival run last year, and every show was just amazing. By the time we hit stage the crowds were huge. It was the first time Fall Out Boy had done the festival thing, hitting Germany, Austria, playing all the different festivals. The reception was amazing. And it was cool, because I got to watch Dinosaur Jr. every night, because we did all those shows with them. I love J Mascis. He's such a good guitar player. Let's talk a bit about gear, and your signature Washburn guitar. I know you once played a Les Paul as well, and a Telecaster '63 Relic. I did play a '63 Relic. Before people cared about FOB I played a lot of Les Pauls and Les Paul Juniors. Now you're endorsed by Washburn. You actually play a few different ones. You have your signature, the WI26. How is that? I love it. I played a lot of Washburns because it took a while to put this one together. I wanted something that was going to be a real quality guitar, something that would look and sound nice, but wouldn't cost too much money. You know those Les Pauls and SGs that they made that were like 5 or 600 dollars? I have one of those upstairs. I wanted something like that. It's the type of guitar I feel a beginner could buy, too, and not feel weird about buying it. I saw a price tag of about $420 dollars. Is that right? Yeah.
"Andy and I are huge metal heads."
That's pretty good. It's great! It's a set [maple] neck guitar, so it's one piece. It has the custom pearl [keyhole] inlays. The pickups are awesome, the WB630s [high-output humbuckers]. It gets cool distortion, very similar to a Duncan. And it has the VCC (voice control contour) coil-splitting system. Yeah. You can actually get some use out of the tone knob, which is actually a pretty cool thing. I've been using it more and more lately when playing live, especially because I A/B between a Bogner Uberschall and an Orange Rockerverb. They're both really cool, but completely different tones. So it's cool to throw that tone volume down when I'm on the Orange, but to boost it back up to get that humbucker sound again. So, you can easily go between the sound of a loud humbucker and a single coil pickup with that guitar. Absolutely. And it's cool. It's not like a half assed piece of technology. It works. You know, I didn't want to have too much electronics going on, but I thought that would be a really nice feature. And if you don't want that, you don't have to do it. You can go in and disable the tone knobs if you know how to do that. You can also use it as I developed it, kind of like a road dog guitar. You can play it live and it'll do what it needs to do, and there's no frills. And it looks nice. I kind of based it on two guitars of two different colors. The black one is based on a '69 Les Paul Custom that I have, and the white one is based on a Studio that I have. The signature Washburn is a basswood body? Yes. Lightweight? It's pretty light, yeah. If you've noticed the custom shop Idols, they're pretty thick bodies, and pretty heavy. So I wanted something with a thin body, yet without compromising the tone. I think we were able to achieve that because there's definitely no compromising going on. Even when we're traveling, and we have to use rental gear, I plug this guitar in and it sounds just as good as any other guitar. I'm actually really happy with it. I didn't know at first how people's reactions would be, because it's a very simple guitar. But I think people appreciate the simplicity, and I think it looks good aesthetically. And it feels real nice when you play it. I've gotten great feedback from people, especially when I was at NAMM. I did signings and interviews there, and I saw some press of my guitar, and it was really positive. I'm very pleased that people are able to see the same things that I see. What's on the horizon for you and Fall Out Boy? This summer we'll be getting into pre-production for a new record. As you know, we have the live DVD out. We'll be doing some one-off shows here and there, but nothing tour wise, as of yet. As I had said, I have some side music that in some point in time in the future, maybe we'll release it or maybe we won't. So I'm not telling anyone to keep a look out or hold their breath. But if they see it, don't be surprised. But for FOB, working on a new record is pretty much it. We have tons of new demos, and they sound awesome. That's what we're all focused on doing right now. Would you like to say anything to your fans? Our fans rule! I hope they're alright with being a little more patient, because I think it'll be worth the wait. And as far as my guitar goes, people will soon be able to go out and check it out, and perhaps buy it if they want. I should be doing some promos and stuff at places. Our fans can look out for that; I'll do some signings, maybe some clinics as well. Also, if they want to get a hold of the guitar beforehand, they can go to my website: empireoftherepublic.com for preorders. Interview by Brian D. Holland Ultimate-Guitar.Com 2008
Joe Trohman Signature Washburn WI26: Photo1, Photo2
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      Violent_Angel15
      Oh and btw, will everone stop bitchin' about Joe. I'm not huge fan of him, but just stop. Grow up.
      Violent_Angel15
      Dude, Joe, yopu have some bad ass grandparents. Sherioushly dude, your grandma buys you 'Live Shit' for your birthday and you grandpa gives you a guitar? Niiiiice bra'!
      dale-banez
      They were looking for us to be in it, and then Seth was like, Well, I know those guys. So Ill hit em up. He asked us, and we were like Totally.
      the mind of a teenage girl in the body of a grown man.... lulz
      Arrived+Dparted
      i despise this band, but after reading this interview, i can respect at least the guitar player. and another interesting fun fact. pete wentz used to be in a hardcore band with Rise Against's Tim McIllrath.
      pinktuxdude
      goodness gracious kids. bands dont get big by not being musicians. besides. who can measure the amazingness of music? Can the simple not be cool? is amazing measured by complexity? If its fun, sounds good, and make you wanna tap your feet, what difference does it make. Funny little kids. music is fun. nice guy. good band. the end.
      +the betrayal+
      see what I really dont like is when people say fall out boy are a bunch of emo faggots or something, but they're actually really cool people, this interview for instance, people call Joe really pointless in the band cause he just plays power chords all the time, but he makes a good majority of the lead stuff too, so is he really that ponitless? oh god I'm bored lol....
      delizio37
      Led_Zeppelin992 wrote: People are giving away signature guitars far too easily these days.
      i agree..shit i should start stringin some serious power chords together and crank my volume and maybe ill get a signature guitar
      guitar_hero543
      bad band but i didn't know this guy was a metalhead, he shouldn't be wasting his talents and doing guitar spinds with a pop band, he should do his own thing and make a metal band. powerchords arent hard to play, whether you're doing it live or not, so it doesnt mean anything for this guy to be good live when he's playing easy FOB riffs....he should do his own thing, make a metal band..or at least hard rock band, make difficult riffs and get some respect from fellow musicians....cause right now with FOB, he's not getting any, all he's getting is little girls screaming with the occasional homosexual couple at FOB's concerts, i could learn to respect him as a guitarist if he quit, him and the guitarist, out, new metal band starts up, FOB ends, everyone's happy. he sounds like a better, smarter guy than the others in the band. not gonna lie.
      christherock101
      Im not a huge fan of FOB but i like some of their earlier stuff but this guy seems cool enough for me. Really good interview, Fall Out Boy should let him handle some more interviews instead of freckin Pete (No im not gonna start bashin the guy but i will admit that he gets annoying after awhile). Maybe Joe, Patrick, and Andy will start a side project.. cuz that would kick ass
      guitar_hero543
      oh, and i accidentally said him and the guitarist...i meant him and the drummer.....man i gotta go back to sleep here
      hide_the_beer
      Well at least this one seems all right. He seems to know what he's talking about, and, well, awesome. I really, really dislike FOB but I can respect this guy.
      JFSJ513
      Man, I hate reading all comments from people who just hate FOB for no reason. There are lots of great bands that I don't necessarily like (for example: MCR, ACDC, John Mayer trio, and many other bands that my friends love) but I don't just complain about them all the time. They're still good at what they do. Personally, I like FOB, although I agree that if Pete wasn't writing lyrics, they should've gotten a better bassist.
      guy_tebache
      pinktuxdude : goodness gracious kids. bands dont get big by not being musicians.
      Not that i wouldnt usually agree, but what about the monkeys?
      mdlarry7 : "We actually made sure we played really well that day. [Laughing]" lol, shouldnt a performer do that everytime?
      Shows how much experience you've had performing dude
      MarchOfTheDead
      so you hate fob. but you read the article. you post 'i hate fob' and expect everyone to love your opinion. you bash them because they write 'simple' stuff. let me tell you they don't. if you understood simple things like how incredible patrick's vocals are maybe you'd take your thumb out of your ass. and yes, i am a metalhead too, so theres no point in calling me an emo. I've gotta say, i love the fact that joe seems so laid back about not being mr popular like wentz. joe seems like a cool guy. speaking of slash, his autobiography is really interesting.
      Myxer
      pretty cool guitarist. slash is pretty average when it comes to playing guitar i've seen way better guitarist its his style that people love mostly. I hope there new album has better music not saying that there music is bad just not really my style
      Aziraphale
      Lefty7Stringer wrote: talent doesn't allow you to write "good" songs. catchy music is just music that is simple enough to stick in your head.
      Haha dude, come on. Ever heard of Stevie Wonder, Steely Dan, or even ABBA? Their songs are catchy as hell but they're still very complex. If writing hits was as easy as you make it out to be, you would be doing it right now, and we'd all have heard of you. Writing an alt-picked triplet lick is easy, modal improvising can be taught from a book, but writing songs that are "cacthy"... that's an inexact science and whether it's hard to play or not is completely irrelevant. You need to learn a few things about what it means to be a musician man.
      PastaOfMuppets
      Seems like a really cool guy, my lead singer keeps telling me I look a bit like him before he got his facial hair, haha. I like all of them as people except Pete Wentz (though I wish Andy wasn't a PETA supporter because I can't stand them). The first couple of albums are pretty good but since then their music has got boring and now I just switch the channel when one of their new videos comes on. They all were in pretty heavy bands at one point though, here is a video of Pete on vocals for Arma Angelus.
      Oh, and on a side-note the band Joe was talking about, Racetraitor (Andy's old band) were the subject of a song by the metalcore band Botch. It's called C. Thomas Howell As The "Soul Man". Google the lyrics to it or something.
      mdlarry7
      "We actually made sure we played really well that day. [Laughing]" lol, shouldnt a performer do that everytime? one thing i will give fall out boy is a knack for amazing melodies
      MatthuB94
      thats awesome, I had know idea he was into metalica and slash. And as a guitar player myself, simple, great quality guitars are the best, especially when they are light weight.
      whitestrat279
      there first album was actually pretty good. now theyre an over-produced studio band. oh and i think a lot more people would like them if pete wasnt in the band. hes the only guy who gets bashed and sometimes rightfully so. but then they would lose their primamry fan base, 13-18 girls. oh well thats just my opinion.
      hunta7989
      pinktuxdude wrote: goodness gracious kids. bands dont get big by not being musicians. besides. who can measure the amazingness of music? Can the simple not be cool? is amazing measured by complexity? If its fun, sounds good, and make you wanna tap your feet, what difference does it make. Funny little kids. music is fun. nice guy. good band. the end.
      It doesn't matter how simple it is really but sometimes bands these days don't even sound like they are trying. How many times can you listen to the same riffs and the songs in the same key you know? Its kinda like the blues in the way that all of the progressions are practically the same, but at least most blues songs threw something musically complex in there(usually a guitar solo though). This guy could be one of the most talented guitarist(most likely just an average player) in the world but rarely ever does he seem to want to show that. For me a the difference between one pop band and the other is the lyrics, and well FOB lyrics are really childish. I don't know which one of the members write the songs but they need a hardcore lesson in literature and poetry and such. Other than that, untill this guy shows me how good he is I will gladly leave FOB cds on the shelf at walmart.
      Joelbassman
      Lefty7Stringer wrote: Joelbassman wrote: I registered just to post on this thread. The_Raven...seriously. Who gave you the right to decie who is worthy to be deemed a guitarist or not? it's completely ironic that you're embarassing yourself and your so called 'true guitarist'. I personally am a bassist and play a lot of guitar. I know the major and minor scales and their respective modes. Do I ever use them no? So stfu about theory that most people with even a little bit of talent don't need to write a decent song. I agree with anyone who thanked UG for this thread. Finally Joe said hat a lot of us had wanted to sayall along. As for labels/genres, I'd abolish them if I could, they just cause too much frustration and confusion. Instead of talking about then listening to music, how about we reverse it, we'd all experience a lot more music. Haha if I had a dollar for every time someone posted 'down to earth'. I'd be richer than all of FOB put together. But totally agreed. talent doesn't allow you to write "good" songs. catchy music is just music that is simple enough to stick in your head.
      Define good? It's all subject to opinion. Yeah there's technical, which I'm sure all you metal heads consider 'good'. But technicalilty doesn't necessarily equal a good song. No one wants to hear you solo for ten minutes over every single key at 340 bpm. And I personally think you need to have at least a little talent to write a song that someone else will like.
      i_r_guitar
      i don't really like the band they are to "poppy" sounding but the guitarist sounds like an awesome guy i also love slash and think he is the best
      jesse141034
      WhyLater wrote: Focus on live shows? Really? I mean, I can stand Fallout Boy's albums. But they were at Voodoofest last year when I went, and man... it was the worst live performance of any band anywhere ever. And it's not like, oh, things didn't go well. It's like they didn't care, they've sold millions of albums, why should they try at this show? I guess that was more Wentz and Patrick, though. If this guy's worried about live shows, well, he's not in the best company. They make me sick.
      dude what were you listining to they played an awesome show maybe you were listing to the smashing pumpkins or sinade o'connor at the time.
      genresrforposer
      I find it interesting that metal influences bands like these, as it's about as far off from metal you can get. This guy seems cool.
      pnkr0cker
      mchugh92 : this guy seems a bit more mature than wentz, dont get me wrong, i hate fob, but the only reason i hate their music is cos a talentless tool like pete is a part of it, he cant play bass, simple, when you watch him live its as if he is playin a completely different song to the others, he plays the right notes yeah, but he rarely stays in time, and his strumming technique is messed up, the rest on the other hand have some talent, stump is a pretty good singer, joe seems like a better guitarist than he lets on, and andy is a pretty good drummer, they should kick pete out and get a BASSIST, not someone who has nothing going for him except his good looks, and their lyrics are very cheesy, but i suppose thats pop rock for you =/
      You've got it all wrong. pete wasnt elected bassist for his talent of base. he makes the lyrics (which are very clever) so they cant kick him out. he also raises excitement at the concerts. and to Shadowsfallmang, yea some fans suck at supporting fall out boy, people who dont generally like fob probably did a better job than the fans on this one lol.
      duncang
      The_Raven wrote: okaykiddo wrote: SpellCaster wrote: I think that this guy Joe Trohman should not be allowed to play guitar, he is an embarrassment to all guitarist. The guitar is made to play more than just continuous power and octave chords over the course of 3 minute songs with lyrics that lack basic logic and theme. What the ****. What right do you have to judge if a person should play guitar or how they play the guitar? Music is subjective and so is the guitar playing associated with it, get ****ed f00l. lol total fail, u cant just play guitar to be a guitarist he IS a complete embarrasment to all true guitarists of the universe. and damn right, fifth and 8th chords arent frking enough in any guitarists vocabulary. whats that? he doesnt even know the major scale? IM NOT SUPRISED!
      What's an '8th' chord?
      morello_man
      Welcome to moron country. I'm a thrash and death metal kid and FOB are awesome. Open your minds people.
      stradivari310
      wildchild6660 wrote: Not that I've got a problem with FoB or anything but calling then Pop Punk is stupid. They're most definitely emo.
      Emo no longer exists in the same form that it originated from. FOB isn't one of the bands (Rite of Spring, Fugazi, Sunny Day Real Estate), nor is it directly influenced by them. So obviously they aren't emo.
      TjGk
      Seems like a pretty cool guy. Still can't stand their music, but he's alright.
      la5ley
      I've never really understood how you can do all these sub group classifications. I don't think they are emo, so they have lyrics that are considered "emotional". well isnt that really how all music is based, no one calls metallica emo, but they have some songs such as St. Anger that seem pretty emotional, and im not tryin to diss metallica i love them.. anyways.. Ive seen fall out boy in concert and they do rock out their show is awesome and joe thorman is really good and has great stage presence i recommend them. He does seem pretty cool
      raoulruby
      i don't know how people can say they have sold out? they're style has been consistent pretty much for all 4 of there records, but i forget with some people if a band has success then they have sold out. how stupid. And they clearly do have talent otherwise they would not be selling records. But fare enough Wentz is a bloody crap bass player.
      food&liquor
      This guy doesn't seem that bad. I don't respect him purely because he likes metal or whatever, but because he just seems real about what people think about them and what Fall Out Boy are all about. Not that I love FOB. I don't hate them though. Man this comment is pointless and going nowhere. Yeah.
      SlashNX
      not trying to be funny... but i find it surprising that although fall out boy seems to be on every tv screen and magazine cover... i still dont recognise his face... i guess if its not pete or the singer.. i just dont recognise them.
      stradivari310
      guitarnoobie wrote: I've heard Trohman improvises a lot during the live concerts. I have a feeling that FOB doesn't really want to play this music but they do it because it makes money.
      This is actually true.. both him and Patrick improvise often during their live shows.
      gabehutch
      JordantheAxe wrote: Immature kids are going to be posting retarded comments, I can see it coming.
      immature kids are fallout boys demographic
      wildchild6660
      Not that I've got a problem with FoB or anything but calling then Pop Punk is stupid. They're most definitely emo.
      Kapalen
      Oh also, just because you have a consistent sound doesn't mean you haven't sold out. It just means you've always been a sellout, which is a type of person not an act, that would be they "soldout".
      ferretface
      I love how people are like "I hate FOB, but I love this guy!". I am a fan of FOB, but I hate Pete Wentz. Doesn't mean I have to hate their music though.....
      identityxcrysis
      First, I'd like to point out to the person who was making fun of him apparently not knowing the major scale. He was talking about pentatonic scales, so I'd imagine he knows the major scale. But anyway As much as I hate Fall Out Boy, I have always liked their guitarist, there was just something that said "This guy should get out, and form a GOOD band" This interview just kinda proved it a little more.
      shadowsfallmang
      The guys in Fall Out Boy don't piss me off and neither does their music but holy shit.. their fans do.
      CowboyUp
      Nice to see somebody besides Pete Wentz giving an interview. This guy seems pretty cool, though I don't know if I'd buy his signature guitar. I'm not at all into his tone.