The official release of Fall Out Boy‘s comeback album, Save Rock and Roll, is still a week away, but the band has decided to make it available for early streaming. The Butch Walker-produced record, which features guest spots from the diverse likes of Elton John, Courtney Love, Big Sean, and Foxes, marks a distinct shift towards a poppier, more experimental, and more mainstream accessible direction that Fall Out Boy has been slowly gravitating towards for years. It’s also the most emotionally-focused and unchained release, recorded almost entirely in secret after the band’s several year hiatus. Below is a statement on the album, released earlier this morning.
this album is one that is particularly close to us. we recorded it in secret from the music industry, critics, and even our fans. an artists first record sounds the way it does because it is often made without expectations. this is not our first record. but because of the way we went about making this one in the shadows it is with out a doubt the first record in a new chapter of fall out boy. we made this music for ourselves and no one else at the end of the day. this is meant be played loud, with the windows down on summer nights. four friends with our backs to each other fighting in the darkness against anything and everything that is out there. we bowed our heads, took a knee and plugged back in. from the first strings to the last shouts- this is us. these incantations are meant to conjure realness, to unlock whatever the rock and roll is inside each of you- in each of us. put on your headphones, turn it up- this is what we have spent the last year and a half making. most importantly, thank you for wishing or waiting- because with out you, the most important piece, this record would never have been made. so we figured you have waited long enough… with out further ado, please listen closely:
Fall Out Boy’s upcoming summer show at The Ryman Auditorium sold out almost immediately, but the band recently announced an additional arena tour for the fall. If you’re willing to make the trek, you can catch the group at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore in Alpharetta, GA. Tickets are still available right here. To pre-order Save Rock and Roll (digital or physical release bundles), head here.