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Interview:
Fall Out Boy Songwriters Enrich Relationship On New Album
 

By GARY GRAFF
Of the Oakland Press

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Fall Out Boy’s Patrick Stump and Pete Wentz have been writing songs together since founding the quartet seven years ago in Chicago. But Stump says their creative relationship took a leap forward while making the band’s fifth album, “Folie a Deux,” which comes out Tuesday (Dec. 16).

“I won’t lie; there have been times before where I definitely don’t think I was reading as much into the lyrics as I probably should have, being a songwriting partner,” says Stump, 24, who writes the music and sings bassist Wentz’s lyrics. “I just was really more interested in what I was doing musically.

“This time Pete ... kind of stumbled onto this theme of pointing out selfishness and the way that people are selfish, whether they know it or not. That struck a chord with me. So this time around I let the words really be my focus, too, and what I was doing musically existed to help with what he had to say.”

Stump also is gushing as a de facto uncle to Bronx Mowgli, Wentz’s son with Ashlee Simpson, who was born on Nov. 20. And he sought to do more than just write a song for the occasion.

“I wanted to make something,” Stump says. “I didn’t want to just go over with a card or whatever. Pete and I are both in this place where we can afford stuff. We have stuff, so buying something doesn’t mean that much anymore.

“It really is the thought that counts. So, I’m making something, my girlfriend and I — in my free time, whenever that is.”

Stump says Fall Out Boy plans to be on the road for most of 2009 promoting “Folie a Deux,” which is a French term for “a madness shared by two.” The album features guest appearances by Lil Wayne, Blondie’s Debbie Harry, Pharrell Williams and, on the track “What a Catch, Donnie,” an all-star chorus that includes Elvis Costello, Panic at the Disco’s Brendon Urie, William Beckett of The Academy Is ..., Travis McCoy of Gym Class Heroes and Gabe Saporta of Cobra Starship.

"I Don’t Care,” the album’s first single,

peaked at No. 21 on the Billboard Hot 100

chart and No. 10 on the Hot Digital Songs survey.



Fall Out Boy headlines The Night 89X Stole Christmas at 7 p.m. Sunday (Dec. 14) at the Fillmore Detroit, 2115 Woodward Ave. The Academy Is ..., Red Jumpsuit Apparatus and Innerpartysystem also will perform. Tickets are sold out. Call (313) 961-5451 or visit www.livenation.com.

Web Site: www.livenation.com

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