By Amanda Wicks
Getting back together three years after a split can really shake a band. Not Fall Out Boy. If anything, the personal growth each member experienced offstage inevitably found its way into the band’s new music.
Speaking with Radio.com, Pete Wentz said, “Our fans tell us that they appreciate that we went out there and made new music right away,” which resulted in 2013’s Save Rock and Roll. “And by the way, it was a big gamble, you could just go out there and do a tour first. It just didn’t seem right for our band, it also felt like we had unfinished business.”
The reunion wasn’t a one off: they followed up with 2015’s American Beauty/American Psycho. The single “Centuries” landed on Billboard’s Top 10, which isn’t an easy feat in a musical climate dominated by pop and R&B tracks. Instead, Fall Out Boy continued offering listeners a more rock/pop sound that Patrick Stump’s unique vocals grounded in impassioned ways.
Drawing on Suzanne Vega’s song “Tom’s Diner” to melodically line their chorus, the band knew they could mine the past for influences thanks to a cultural moment that was doing exactly that.
Stump’s vocals find that same ascension on “Centuries,” backed as they are by a heavier guitar. Everything seems weighted in traditional Fall Out Boy fashion until the boys have a little fun accenting the last word in the line, “Heavy metal broke my heart.” Coming together with a Queen-inspired falsetto choir, the vocals jump before the song continues along its roving rock path.
“You will remember me/ Remember me, for centuries,” Stump sings on the chorus, a prescient cry into the future and a reminder of what Fall Out Boy offers that fans and new listeners alike are so hungry to hear.
Guitarist Joe Trohman added, “I guess we feel fortunate to carry some sort of torch. There’s some sort of resurgence, as far as people wanting to hear the guitar/bass/drums/vocal dynamic.”