Only seven months after releasing M AN I A, Fall Out Boy just surprised fans with a brand new EP! Featuring three new songs, their Lake Effect Kid EP honors their hometown, Chicago, through their most authentic medium: music.
The first track, “Lake Effect Kid,” may sound familiar to hardcore Fall Out Boy fans. In fact, it’s a leftover from their Folie à Deux days. Its demo appeared on the 2008 mixtape, Welcome To The New Administration, but never saw an official release. The new version holds true to that original demo – it sounds like old-school Fall Out Boy, all punk energy and punchy music.
Following that is a new song called “City In A Garden”. Its main refrain directly states their hometown adoration, as Patrick Stump sings, “You know that I know / That I owe you everything / I love you Chicago.” It’s a poignant, energetic track that pays homage not just to the Windy City, but also to Fall Out Boy’s earlier musical style of straightforward pop punk. “City In A Garden” comes with a music video, too, featuring footage spanning the band’s career. Take a trip down memory lane as you watch Fall Out Boy performing live, getting into backstage hijinks, accepting awards, and getting inked. The nostalgia is strong in this simple, heartwarming video. Watch “City In A Garden” below:
The Lake Effect Kid EP ends with a new song called “Super Fade.” It sounds the most modern, comparable to “Young And Menace” from Fall Out Boy’s latest album, M A N I A. “Super Fade” starts with a dreamy synth, Patrick joining in with the repeated “I’m so sorry” echoing his verses. The choruses are intense, screamed vocals against horns eventually giving way to a declaration that “Chicago gets my soul”. In the end, “Super Fade” serves as an epic ending to the EP.
All three songs capture Fall Out Boy’s soul and the different styles they’ve delved into over the years. Listen to the full Lake Effect Kid EP below. You can also buy the EP on iTunes now.
Fall Out Boy just released their 7th album, M A N I A, last January. After lead single “Young And Menace” in April 2017, we’ve also gotten videos for “Champion,” “The Last Of The Real Ones,” “HOLD ME TIGHT OR DON’T,” “Wilson (Expensive Mistakes),” “Church,” and, most recently “Bishops Knife Trick.” At this point, there are only three songs left on M A N I A waiting to see the video treatment. Will it end up being like Save Rock And Roll – a music video for each song? Now that they’ve switched gears to release this EP, it’s unclear if the M A N I A will continue.
Enjoy the new Lake Effect Kid songs! And as always, keep checking back here for all the latest Fall Out Boy music news.