In April, Fall Out Boy announced their upcoming 7th album, M A N I A, would be out on September 15th. It came with their polarizing new single, “Young And Menace,” followed by “Champion” in June. Though we were only just weeks away from the album release, Fall Out Boy announced today that M A N I A has been delayed until the new year. Read frontman Patrick Stump’s explanation below:
Fall Out Boy confirmed as recently as this Tuesday that they’re still recording. Bassist Pete Wentz told Rolling Stone that they’re still recording the album, stating that they’re “a few songs away” from completion. Given that, it’s no surprise that Patrick said “it felt very rushed.” Patrick continued,
I’m never going to put a record out I genuinely don’t believe is at least as strong or valid as the one that came before it and in order to do that we need a little bit more time to properly and carefully record solid performances.
… We just want the record to be better than we can make it in the next couple weeks and it will require a little more time.
M A N I A is now scheduled for release on January 19, 2018. Their upcoming tour, however, is still on. Get tickets now so you can see the band in North America this fall and Australia next February and March.
Earlier this week, Pete gave Rolling Stone some more details on the new music. He says that “Young And Menace” is the only song with much EDM influence so far, but that it was also necessary to help the band get out of their comfort zone. The album will serve as something of a restart for Fall Out Boy.
It feels like every once in awhile, you’ve gotta do a hard restart that clears the cache and erases the hard drive. I think that’s what “Young and Menace” was – a big palette cleanse. I think it gave us the space to create something brand new. The world can be a big lonely place, especially for kids who are trying to figure themselves out. I think sometimes we can forget that… that’s who M A N I A is meant to speak to. That’s who I want to reach. I don’t think that kids should feel like they need to adjust their empathy or selves to the world – I’d rather give them the belief that they can adjust the world to fit their empathy.
He added, “Sonically, we are sewing multiple eras of – both our own band and own influences – together in a way that is completely new to us through both the production and writing process.”
He assures that they’ll always sound like Fall Out Boy: “How Patrick sings against the music – it is just inherently there.” Ultimately, their goal for the new record is “to outlive the brand and exist on its own.”
Pete revealed the they’ve worked with Jesse Shatkins, Jake Sinclair, and The Dream on this album. They recorded it in Burbank, the Los Angeles valley, and the suburbs of Chicago.
Although we have to wait an extra four months to hear M A N I A, at least we know Fall Out Boy is putting in the effort to make sure it’s worth the wait. We’re sure the album will be stronger because of it. Look for M A N I A on January 19, 2018. In the meantime, keep enjoying “Young And Menace” and “Champion.”
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