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Fall Out Boy frontman Patrick Stump recommends a break to any band who want to figure themselves out.

The four-piece from Chicago have returned to the music scene with a bang, releasing their sixth album American Beauty/American Psycho earlier this month. It boasts the title single along with hit track Centuries and the band, made up of Pete Wentz, Patrick Stump, Joe Trohman and Andy Hurley, have already cemented plans to tour it.

They’ve been welcomed back by fans with open arms and are gaining new opportunities day by day; a privilege Patrick feels lucky to have.

“For some people who maybe didn’t like us so much, they might be disappointed to find out that we are going to be around for a while,” he grinned to British newspaper The Sun.

“The four of us are definitely an island. I don’t know a lot of bands that have played in basements in the punk-rock scene and have also played a surprising amount of sporting events in the States.

“But we still feel like underdogs, even after all this time, and that will never change.”

Their confidence has grown in the years since they formed in 2001, which could be thanks to plenty of awards under their belts.

Their 2013 album Save Rock and Roll marked the end of the band's hiatus, which followed the rather unsuccessful Folie à Deux record in 2008. It’s a decision Pete and his bandmates stand by.

“Without that break we probably would’ve melted down. At the time it was hard but I think it was helpful. Ups and downs are important as you learn from it,” he explained.

“We figured ourselves out a lot in that time. I went on to make a solo album (2011’s Soul Punk) and then really appreciated what everybody did in the band,” Patrick added.

“I didn’t have the comfort that I could trust them to do this and that. I recommend a break to any band.”

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