Pete Wentz: We're Fall Out Men!
Pete Wentz says Fall Out Boy have a better handle on their fame now.
The 36-year-old founded Fall Out Boy in 2001 alongside Patrick Stump, Joe Trohman and Andy Hurley.
14 years and a hiatus later, the group are stronger than ever, with their sixth album American Beauty/American Psycho reaching the top spot on the Billboard 200 chart in January.
It's been a rollercoaster ride for Pete and a lot has changed over time.
“So much of it was a hazy experience, so much of it happened too fast! You don’t realise that the ups would end, or that the downs would end, too. That perspective has been really helpful the second time around," he told Notion magazine of the band's break.
“Now we’re like Fall Out Men. That would be the tagline. I think we’ve realised that there are people that we want in our lives, and people that we perhaps don’t. We have such a better handle on it now.”
They're certainly men in other aspects of their lives too, as they balance their careers with family life.
But delving into new music isn't as breezy at it seems - in fact, for Pete recording new material while staying true to their pop rock roots is daunting.
“The new stuff is definitely different. When we were recording the new album my friends would say: 'Oh, you should do something like Dance Dance' or 'Is it going to sound like [From Under The] Cork Tree?’ and I was like: 'No! We can’t do that,'" he sighed. "What’s the point making something that sounds like something we’ve already done? But at the same time... you want to remind people of the spirit of your music, not do something that was a direct replication of that. So it was kind of terrifying.”
He's optimistic about the future though and even shared who he'd love to collaborate with, naming Taylor Swift and Rihanna as two potentials.
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