Currency ready Fall Out Boy have more ridiculously far-fetched merchandise additions on sale. Lyricism “I’ll stop wearing black when they make a darker colour” speak of contextualising young societies fad for coal coloured clothing, a contemporaneous structured composition of sustained beats enclosed in a QVC style systematic illustrated narrative that remains to be unique, yet hardly fitting with the MANIA mantra.
The Chicago chimers currently residing their appearance and gig itinerary in London, presently performing at the Hippodrome and the Electric on the horizon of the “Palette cleanse” and “Hard restart that clears the cache and erases the hard drive” ethos music business mogul Pete Wentz would describe the MANIA music. Although the slate seems to not be spotlessly scrubbed with the band seem to not be riding the new wave and letting go of the cryptic wise words of wisdom and Stump’s minor “It doesn’t sound like Fall Out Boy” mini-meltdown renaissance legacy. It appears that with every new album release the four-piece strive for always reinventing themselves although the ‘Wilson’ (Expensive Mistakes) production is a platform for the die-hards to cling on to ardently.
Nostalgic Save Rock and Roll ‘Young Blood Chronicles’ glimpses with Wentz’ bass neck knife and Stump’s severed hand and grand grandad ‘Dance Dance’ attire whilst nodding to the animal kingdom of Franklin the Infinity On High sheep are bargains all up for grabs in Fall Out Boy’s unsurprising one-stop merchandise shop. Comparing to the web store stocking outdated snow globes and foodie Taco Bell ripoff t-shirts are no stretch of the band’s imagination that could lead to a fearful future line of lama costumes, pricing the unnecessity at a $200 budget outside of “The world can be a lonely place, especially for kids who are trying to figure themselves out. I think sometimes we can forget that. That’s who MANIA is meant to speak to” new demographic of fans life finances. After all, it’s get your wallets out you’re about to be made a deal of a lifetime.
“I hope the roof flies off and I get blown out into space/ I always make such expensive mistakes” a cohesive homage to film Moonrise Kingdom in keeping with the song titles Cast Away movie annotation. Affection dominated lyrics explore themes of stereotypical love of the young generation wanting to detach from normality, to envisage living in a carefree, paradise universe explained through the “I’m gonna run away and never see any of you again” thesis Patrick soulfully sings with the attention-grabbing “I’ll stop wearing black when they make a darker colour” anthemic courtesy of bassist Pete Wentz throughout the chorus, a likely nod to Pete’s twenties bold black eyeliner emo persona in keeping with the whole youthful and juvenile lulls.
Whilst the lyrics are life full, gnawing instrumentals and EDM production embodiments, the visual tale of a televised auction is hardly fitting with the theme of the seventh record. Far from the depths of a distorted journey of discovery ‘Young and Menace’ explores and the blockbuster movie llamas of ‘The Last Of The Real Ones”, ‘Wilson’ doesn’t see fit with what the ride the neon purple waves mantra MANIA is striving to meticulously perfect.
Watch the music video for Fall Out Boy’s ‘Wilson’ (Expensive Mistakes) here: