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Interview:
Success Keeps Fall Out Boy Busy
 

By GARY GRAFF
Of the Oakland Press

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Fall Out Boy does not stop. Nor does it want to.

The Chicago modern rock quartet, in the midst of its Young Wild Things Tour, is criss-crossing North America for the third time in the span of a year — currently promoting its fourth album, “Infinity on High,” and with little down time from any of its predecessors, including 2005’s double-platinum “From Under the Cork Tree.”

The group is, in fact, conducting the kind of old-school album-tour cycle veteran rockers have long complained about, but Fall Out Boy frontman Patrick Stump says his band wouldn’t want it any other way.

“We like playing,” says Stump (ne Stumph), 23, who co-founded the group five years ago in the Chicago suburb of Wilmette.

“It’s a very simple, silly thing. But when you think about it, we just like making music. That’s why we started a band — we like playing, we like making records.

“So it would be almost torture to not be able to do that for awhile.”

Stump does reveal that he and his bandmates — bassist-lyricist Pete Wentz, guitarist Joe Trohman and drummer Andrew Hurley — are actually “talking about some time off eventually.” But he quickly adds that, “I don’t think time off for us would be anywhere near as long or as substantial as other bands, because we really just don’t want to be away from (music) for that long.”

Unless, in Stump’s case, it’s acting. He recently filmed a guest spot on an episode of “Law & Order: SVU,” which is scheduled to air in February. The plot and his role are “secret,” but he says that he’s been “begging forever” to be on the show, “ ’cause I’m just a fan. Somehow they let me do it.”

Fanboy indulgences aside, Stump has no plans to abandon music, however. Outside of his own band, he produced the new Cobra Starship album, “Viva La Cobra!” and is working on the next Gym Class Heroes set. Fall Out Boy, meanwhile, already has “an album’s worth of material” ready, according to Stump, which takes the group — which radically expanded its pop-punk sound for “Infinity on High” — in “some very different directions.

“There’s lots of really bizarre ideas on there,” Stump says, “everything from folk to ... actually, I was experimenting with piano phases, like Steve Wright, the (avant garde classical) composer. There’ll be some weird stuff, but at the end of the day ... it’s probably just gonna be a pop record.”

Don’t expect to see that album come out anytime soon, however. “Infinity on High,” which has sold more than 1.13 million copies so far, has been out just 10 months. and recently spawned a new single, “I’m Like a Lawyer With the Way I’m Always Trying to get You Off (Me + You).” The group also scored a pair of Teen Choice Awards and an MTV Video Music Award for Best Group.

“I don’t really feel like we’re done with this (album) yet,” Stump explains. “I feel like it’s still in its cycle. There’s a lot of songs on it I’m really proud of. I don’t think we have one really monster hit on this record like ‘Sugar (We’re Going Down)’ from ‘... Cork Tree,’ but there are a lot of really strong, effective songs that aren’t necessarily monsters.

“I do think ‘Infinity On High’ is a much better record than (‘... Cork Tree’). I think in the annals of history, people will remember it as a whole album or they won’t remember anything about it. And fans have really responded to it, so that’s really the most important thing at the end of the day.

“But it would disappoint me a little bit if this album’s forever overshadowed because ‘Sugar’ was such a big hit, y’know?”





Fall Out Boy, Gym Class Heroes, Plain White T’s and Cute is What We Aim For perform at 7 p.m. Tuesday (Nov. 20)at The Palace, Lapeer Road at I-75, Auburn Hills. Tickets are $30. Call (248) 377-0100 or visit www.palacenet.com.

Web Site: www.palacenet.com

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