Adapt or Die may as well be the title of Fall Out Boy’s latest album as the Chicago-bred rock band has reinvented itself as a relevant pillar in today’s popular music. Climbing out of the graveyard of early 2000s pop-punk mania, which took the lives of teen angst disciples like Yellowcard, The Starting Line and New Found Glory, Fall Out Boy has caught a second wind and that’s due in part to the age of Spotify playlists and social media connectivity.
“We filmed this music video with kids and on the set we asked them who their favorite bands were, and they all mentioned songs instead of bands,” says the band’s bassist, Pete Wentz, who spoke on the phone from his Los Angeles home. “Genre doesn’t matter anymore.”
It’s this ideology that inspired the band to take some time off and reassess who they were and which direction they wanted to go. The band, which plays this Friday at Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, has seen a revival since its release of this year’s American Beauty/American Psycho—a blend of the Chicago's underground punk scene and new age “futuristic rock”, highlighted by incorporating music samples—and its joining with rapper Wiz Khalifa on their Boys of Zummer tour.
Fall Out Boy is a band that has stood the test of time. In an age of shorter attention spans and an abundance of song choice, the boys from Chicago are not afraid to adapt their sound to what listeners want to hear. “What we want to do is make our music more accessible to new fans,” says Wentz. That music Wentz is talking about is symptomatic of what the foursome has always been, and that’s a band that has never been stuck in the past.
Fall Out Boy with Wiz Khalifa. Friday, July 24, 7. $28.50-69.75. Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, The Woodlands, 2005 Lake Robbins Dr. 281-363-3300. woodlandscenter.org