Fall Out Boy have had a glow up despite their music midlife crisis MANIA managed to show. Taking to The Late Late Show stateside to perform the lavish Latin ‘Hold Me Tight Or Don’t’ and the ‘Sugar, We’re Goin Down’ singers looked like they were being held tightly by the day of the dead spirits, with restrictive rocking and spiritless singing summing up this soulless showcase.
The Chicago chimers contribution of seventh record MANIA last month scored the ensembles fourth number one album, despite half the effort sounding like Fall Out Boy shed their skins and become a pop driven version of their former selves, with tracks such as ‘Stay Frosty Royal Milk Tea’ and ‘Champion’ suggesting an unsound shift and expectant evolution in the bands repertoire even with American Beauty/American Psycho hinting at a hault to the major emo, punk and rock roots. Inevitably third single ‘Hold Me Tight Or Don’t’ expressed tapping into the Latin music market considering the impact it is having upon commercial pop culture, with the track having a catchy clave rhythm and infectious instrumentals that the performance portrayed as a state of lifeless lulls and minimised melodies.
Glowing like human pumpkins and lighting up the stage with vivid neon visionaries, Stump’s vocals on the contrary we’re dimmed and dull compared to the bright and beaming performance production. “Another day goes by/So hold me tight/Hold me tight, or don’t” the chorus chimes and as stump sings between every progression of the songs structure, a mundane monotone medley suggests a song with no lift, life or intent backed by a binding of guitar strings, bass plucks and drum hits that execute the Latin flamboyant flavour merely modestly.
The ‘Hold Me Tight Or Don’t’ ethos of the Mexican day of the dead is meant to be a celeration of past lives and whilst the theatrical value of the performance was positively phosphorescent, the fundamental musician functions were moderately lacklustre.
Watch the performance of ‘Hold Me Right Or Don’t’ by Fall Out Boy on The Late Late Show With James Corden here: