Fall Out Boy Is Releasing a Punk Album: Here's Why It's Legit
Arma Angelus, in which Pete Wentz played bass and Joe Trohman played guitar, is the most well-known Fall Out Boy progenitor, and played to those same musical sentiments. However, it's the precursor to Arma Angelus that featured Fall Out Boy drummer Andy Hurley, Racetraitor, that's both vicious and conscious enough to make even Botch and Converge fans raise an eyebrow. Racetraitor is violent, fast, and the direct descendent of hyperpolitical straight-edge punk acts, with the addition of larynx-shredding vocals.
This isn't to forget Hurley and Trohman's more recent venture, The Damned Things, which also featured Every Time I Die's Keith Buckley and Anthrax's Rob Caggiano and Scott Ian. Despite falling into the "supergroup" category, releasing 2010's Ironiclast, and making both the festival and European tour rounds, The Damned Things were vastly underrated and seemed to come musically closer to being this generation's Thin Lizzy more than any other act.
When PAX AM Days drops on Oct. 15, kids who are most familiar with Fall Out Boy's theatrical era and the fumbling Folie á Deux should embrace it whole-heartedly as not just another a facet of the Save Rock and Roll repressings, but rather as a nod to both the producer and band's heydays. They're not wildly misappropriating punk culture, á la the wildfire-inciting Urban Outfitters jacket this week, but are rather paying homage to the acts that they came from, both in direct lineage and in musical history. If there's anyone who's graced Billboard's top spot this year and also knows anything about saving rock and roll at the moment, it's these guys -- and it's this record.
9 Tips for Using A Fake ID To Get Into A Show
Here's How Not to Approach a Journalist on Facebook
The 10 Coolest, Scariest, Freakiest Songs About Heroin
The 30 Most Disturbing Songs of All TimeLike Up on the Sun on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for the latest local music news and conversation. Follow K.C. Libman @KristianCLibman.