Fall Out Boy just released their first new music since 2015’s American Beauty/American Psycho.
Titled “Young And Menace,” it’s the first we’re seeing of their upcoming album M A N I A (yes, with all those spaces. I know, it’s annoying to type.) Lead vocalist Patrick Stump’s vocals are just as dramatic and yearning as we expect from him by now, against an pop instrumentation background that turns from indicatively mellow to industrial dubstep by the chorus.
The chorus samples a classic Britney line: “Oops, I did it again/I forgot what I was losing my mind about.” But don’t think this is frothy pop and nothing more. No, Fall Out Boy is known for cryptic but evocative lyrics and they more than deliver.
Bassist Pete Wentz told Alternative Press the song is indicative of what it felt like to grow up and feel like he didn’t belong in his community: “It’s hard to rationalize rage – it’s hard to quantify anxiety… this song does neither, it embraces the wave…”
The video is equally as angry and anxious, following a girl who escapes a family and town of llamas to find herself in a place where nobody understands the words she speaks. It encapsulates the feeling of being alone, helpless and confused, and angry about it—ah, there’s the emo. Wentz said: “She realizes that maybe she is human after all — but maybe the line between us and monsters is blurrier than we think.”
M A N I A drops September 15, and the band will be embarking on a tour starting in October.