Leeds Fest 2013 Preview : Interview with Fall Out Boy

FOBFall Out Boy have just released their 5th studio album, ‘Save Rock and Roll’ (which has already spawned two hit singles) are just picking up from where they left off four years ago after the band went on “indefinite hiatus”. Shortie caught up with Joe Trohman, Fall Out Boy’s guitarist for a five minute chat, which developed into a mammoth conversation touching the new album, Leeds Festival 2013, their hiatus, and their past albums…

NS – First things first, and one that you are probably getting quite a bit of at the moment, after your four year hiatus, why make the comeback now? And, why did you guys go on hiatus in the first place?

JT – Well, I can’t speak for everybody, but my answer kind of goes across the board here. I had started working with a band called The Damned Things, and I kind of wanted to go and do that band, write different music, and do different things creatively, and also I wanted to spend some time with my, well, not my wife then, but my fiancé at the time who is now my wife. I wanted to see her because I hadn’t seen much of her over the course of 7/8 years, it’s insane that she stuck around. I think everyone kind of did different musical projects, and it was necessary to get all of our creative demons out, and when we came back to do this thing everyone had their own sense of creative confidence that none of us had before, and a mutual sense of trust and respect for each other. I was the stale mate in the band, it took a three hour call with Patrick (Stump) to convince me to say yes to coming back, I think everyone was talking about it again, and feeling it again. Even prior to that conversation, I had been working with a band with my friend, Josh Newton (Everytime I Die, The Damned Things) and we were talking about it, and Josh said, “Why don’t you go an do that thing again?”. I don’t even know why. When I was on the phone to Patrick, it’s just kind of happened…

NS – Please don’t hate me for asking this, but in my opinion, the early Fall Out Boy albums were quite heavy, but as the band progressed, let’s say just before ‘Infinity On High’, I felt that your music was starting to lean towards being more commercial and less heavy. Then Folie a Deux came out, and it just wasn’t the same as the old FOB, you had progressed but more on a commercial level?

JT – I guess it’s in the eye of the beholder.. I really liked Folie a Deux but I don’t think it’s our most cohesive record for sure, I think there’s like some of our highest moments and some of our most confusing moments are on that record. It comes from a place, to a degree, from a band who probably have taken a break sooner. Not that I think we shouldn’t have made that record, I’m very proud of it. There’s nothing wrong with progression and I don’t think it would be a service to anyone to try and recreate Take This To Your Grave, because it would sound incredibly forced, and it’s not really who we are anymore. All I can say is this record, Save Rock And Roll, was a huge collaborative effort, we all had such a good time making it, and with out a doubt, I really, really, really like all the songs on it.

NS – Did everything with your musical career ever get too much?

JT – Well, yeah, imagine touring for 7/8 years straight, and with out a break, or look at it this way. Patrick and I were teenagers when we started this thing, when we began touring with this band, and things all of a sudden took off so quickly, and we just kind of had to roll with it. When your like that as kind of a kid, and you haven’t figured out your coping skills, or your still emotionally immature, and you are immature in general, we just grew up. Picture all of that with still being immature, and you don’t know how to live in the moment. You react really poorly to different things that you wouldn’t have because you don’t have the ability to process it..

NS – You’re playing Leeds Festival this year, right?

JT – Yeah. That’s probably my favourite festival to play, for several reasons and let me tell you why. First off, it’s always been insane when we’re on, we got a phenomenal warm welcome, I mean how many people are out there? Seventy thousand people or something? It’s the biggest crowd I’ve played in front of, multiple times, and it’s always been insane. It’s great, I’m so excited and thrilled, and just in general, the fact that we’ve been welcomed back with such enthusiasm, and we get to do that thing again? I can not wait!!!