Two months ago, Fall Out Boy released their wild new single, “Young And Menace,” off their upcoming album, M A N I A. The song represented a change in direction, and the band promised more new music before the album drops this September. Now Fall Out Boy is back with their second single, “Champion,” which bassist Pete Wentz previously revealed is inspired by the 1984 film, The NeverEnding Story.
In contrast to the unexpected sound of “Young And Menace,” “Champion” stays in more familiar territory. It’s a fairly radio-friendly song that could have fit on Fall Out Boy’s previous few albums. “Champion” starts with an indie-sounding guitar riff, followed by Patrick Stump singing low in his register. The song kicks into higher gear as he declares, “I’m back with the madness”. Meanwhile, the chorus is a repeated rallying cry. “If I can live through this, I can do anything” is the self-empowerment of someone struggling through hard times. “Champion” affirms Fall Out Boy’s talent for crafting songs that are listenable while forging into new territory.
Listen to “Champion” below:
M A N I A will be available on September 15th, and you can pre-order the album on Fall Out Boy’s official site now. They’re offering a few different vinyl and CD bundles, so be sure to check them out. You can also pre-order M A N I A on iTunes and get instant downloads of both “Young And Menace” and “Champion.”
If you like live music, get ready for the band’s upcoming fall tour, too. Fall Out Boy will trek across the US and Canada this October and November. Additional tour dates for the rest of the world will likely be announced soon. Check out all dates and tickets before it’s too late!
Keep enjoying “Young And Menace” and “Champion,” and come back here for all the latest Fall Out Boy music news.