It appears that a new Fall Out Boy era is upon us, and the band slyly announced it by placing a cryptic ad in the Chicago Tribune. Fans shared photos on social media of the black and white full page ad that simply says "FOB 8" at the top and "If you build it, they will come" below the fold. The yet-to-be-announced album will be the follow-up to 2018's M A N I A.
Although we have no details yet about new music, one thing's for sure: don't expect any vintage Fall Out Boy. Guitarist Joe Trohman recently revealed that they were working on “guitar-based” new music, but that's been put on the "back burner."
“We were working on some stuff that was guitar-based. I don’t know know what’s happening with it," he told Rolling Stone in September. "I think it unfortunately went to the back burner. It would be nice to make a record where the guitar is a little more upfront." Later, Trohman reflected on the band's old sound and how he doesn't necessarily want to go back to it again. “We did start that way, as a guitar-based rock band, and it’d be cool to go back to those roots. We’d have to find a way to do it that doesn’t sound like Fall Out Boy from 2005," he continued. "It might be cool for somebody else to do that, but it wouldn’t be cool for us to do it.”
See the newspaper ad below.
Fall Out Boy are set to perform at iHeartRadio's ALTer Ego presented by Capital One on January 14th, sharing the bill with Red Hot Chili Peppers, Jack White, Muse, Phoenix, CHVRCHES, Beach Weather and Rosa Linn. Fans can tune in via iHeartRadio Alternative and Rock stations, and on iHeartRadio.com and the iHeartRadio app.