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Video of the Moment #2876: Fall Out Boy

 
By on Thursday, 26th July 2018 at 6:00 pm
 

American group Fall Out Boy must have a thing for llamas. In January, they released their latest LP ‘M A N I A’. This was followed by the funnily titled ‘Llamania’ EP, starring three tracks that didn’t make the cut for the album: ‘Past Life’, ‘Wrong Side of Paradise’ and ‘Footprints in the Snow’. The llama theme continues in their latest promo video for ‘Bishops Knife Trick’, where frontman Patrick Stump directs a group of them performing. It’s oddly mesmerising. You don’t want to look away. ‘M A N I A’, the band’s seventh studio album, is out now on Island Records. For all of our Fall Out Boy coverage, go here.

 

Video of the Moment #2412: Fall Out Boy

 
By on Monday, 31st July 2017 at 6:00 pm
 

Noughties emo rockers Fall Out Boy will be releasing their seventh studio album in September. Not bad longevity, eh? For the music video for their most recent single from it, ‘Champion’, they convinced a Hollywood A-lister (well, the kid of a Hollywood A-lister, I guess), Jaden Smith, to star in it.

The premise of the story here is pretty simple: virtual reality is the conduit through which we can follow multiple people’s very different lives. The song itself encourages survival, so it’s odd that at the video’s conclusion, Smith uses a baseball bat to destroy the virtual reality console. Maybe it’s more of a figurative message from Fall Out Boy that we shouldn’t be wishing for a life other than the one we’ve been given? ‘M A N I A’ from the band will be released on the 15th of September on Island Records. Past TGTF coverage on Fall Out Boy can be read through here.

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Reading 2016: Sunday Roundup

 
By on Tuesday, 6th September 2016 at 2:00 pm
 

As so we came to the final day of Reading Festival 2016. Where those who couldn’t quite cut it have left, and those that remain are ready to see the festival out as they started; with no inhibitions and a fantastic soundtrack.

Activities on the main stage Saturday gave a preview as to the heavy-fest that Sunday would be. Bar A$AP Rocky and The Vaccines, the lineup for the day could also have been found at the heavier British festival staple that is Download. The weather decided it didn’t feel like baring it’s sunnier disposition and instead graced us with its greyer, cloudier and wetter side. As pointed out yesterday though, this is where the British thrive, and thrive they did.

Albany, New York pop punkers State Champs opened up the main stage, bringing a brief respite from the dismal weather at Reading with their take on summer anthem genre. For a Sunday morning, the crowd were particularly excitable and offered back a sincere response. Following on from this spot of sunshine were The Virginmarys, a definite band to watch in the UK rock scene, with their brutal vocals, hard-hitting guitar lines and a savageness reminiscent of early punk. Though the crowd may have mildly dispersed post-State Champs, this didn’t stop the band from Macclesfield from delivering a completely brutal set worthy of a much higher billing.

Mancunians Spring King who have had quite the quick ascent to fame, which you can read about in our interview with drummer and singer Tarek Musa back here at LeeFest 2016 in late July, gave a performance to a completely packed out tent. Though the sudden downpour may have instigated this mass collective, the band made sure to capitalise upon it. The set brought fun and tunes in equal measure, with both band and fans having a Another band who had to deal with what the weather dealt them were Coheed and Cambria who were faultless, giving a ferocious performance all the while being on the main stage and open to the elements.

As the rain continued to slowly drizzled over the Reading festival site, the crowds gave up hiding from it, revelling in the weather. Back on the Radio 1/NME Stage, Deaf Havana used their set wisely as a promotional opportunity, announcing the name and release date of their upcoming album. Appearing on stage with only a white sheet across the back of the stage, as the set went on the words “All These Countless Nights” were painted in black, followed by “21.1.17”. The set was a special moment, secured it as one for the band’s history.

What was The Pit for the past 2 days had now reverted back to its original name The Lock Up for the final day. Beach Slang, the American punk band who are bringing back the old school ethos to the genre, completely dominated the tent. Their set was summed up well in the immortal words of frontman James Alex: “We are Beach Slang, and we’re here to punch you right in the heart!” The Lock Up stage continued with its earnest punk environment with Modern Baseball. Having released their third album ‘Holy Ghost’ back in May, they’re finally on our UK shores, giving their diehard fanbase a run-through of these new offerings. Even though A$AP Rocky was ruling the main stage and causing a surge in crowd flow, The Lock Up was still over capacity for the American four-piece. The excited audience simply did not stop moving until the final chord finished, and the speed at which crowd surfers ran from the security to pit and back into the throng was astounding. Another standout set from this year’s festival.

The evening was an anticipated delight from co-headliners Fall Out Boy and Biffy Clyro. As eight pm swung around, the skies were still cloudy but the atmosphere was as electric as ever. A sea of Fall Out Boy merchandise seen around the festival over the course of the weekend was a concrete measurement in exactly how big a draw band were, and for good reason. A show that featured non-stop fireworks, pyrotechnics, choreographed fire dancers and visuals, Fall Out Boy knew they had a massive opportunity, and they ran with it. Running through a majority set that consisted of songs from the last two albums plus a few golden treats, especially finale ‘Saturday’ from 2003’s ‘Take This to Your Grave’, Fall Out Boy certainly ensured that the ravenous crowd were delivered the set they yearned for.

Finally, it was time for the final headliners of the entire weekend at Richfield Avenue. Biffy Clyro were given the honour and duty of closing out this year’s edition, giving everything they had and fully delivering. With a stage show that reflected the precision and grandeur we’ve come to expect from the Scottish trio, it was a set that will surely be remembered in the festival’s history. From opener ‘Wolves of Winter’ to closer ‘Stinging Bell’ that featured a fireworks display, they somehow managed to dwarf the explosive affair that Fall Out Boy had previously.

Using a popular Scottish battle cry, halfway through the set singer Simon Neil roared out, “Mon The Reading!”, whipping the crowd into a frenzy. Biffy Clyro’s ascension through the ranks of musicdom has been made by leaps and strides, and this was the largest of them yet. A perfectly executed set that ran through a majority of newer material – plus the appearance of ’57’, a cut from 2002’s ‘Blackened Sky’ as a pleasant treat – the trio seized the moment and are now reaping the rewards. As the Reading crowd finally dispersed ar the end the festival for another year, the only question on everyone’s mind was, “how are they going to top this next year?” We’ll find out in 2017.

 

Preview: Tennent’s Vital Festival 2016

 
By on Friday, 8th July 2016 at 10:00 am
 

For my first official article as a full-time Irish writer at There Goes the Fear, I felt it was only fair to contribute in the best way I can: by introducing our readership to the vast amount of musical shenanigans within the small but deceptively massive Emerald Isle. I’m beginning with a preview of Tennent’s Vital (T Vital for short), a festival that has been held in Belfast for the past 12 years. This year’s event takes place the 25th and 26th August 2016.

Tennent’s Vital began in 2002 when C&C Group plc and MCD Productions teamed up to bring Belfast City’s first major music festival. In its first year, they brought in heavy-hitters Primal Scream, Idlewild, Snow Patrol and Fatboy Slim. Throughout its existence, the event has moved location 3 times: from the city Centre, to Ormeau Park a little further out, then further to Bangor, finally resting in Boucher Road Playing fields, where it still resides today. Despite the minor setback of going on hiatus between 2008 and 2010, nothing else has stopped it from growing in size and popularity. It has attracted attention from a huge range of artists through the years in many different genres. Some of these include Jurassic 5, The Darkness, David Guetta, Kings of Leon, Tinie Tempah, The Script, Pigeon Detectives, The Killers and Foo Fighters.

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This year Tennent’s Vital takes place on Thursday the 25th and Friday the 26th of July. It continues its long history of bringing along monstrous acts. Industry veterans Red Hot Chili Peppers will be ripping it up as the headliners for day 1. Well, when they’re not too busy saving children during a carpool karaoke with James Corden and joining street performers in London. Following the release of their new album ‘The Getaway’ in June, the funky monks have embarked on an extensive world tour, with stops at a number of the UK’s top music festivals, including Tennent’s Vital.

Red Hot Chili Peppers will be supported by Fall Out Boy, who stormed back into the mainstream following the release of their 2013 comeback album ‘Save Rock and Roll’. Additional support will come from the ever-striving Cage the Elephant, rounding out what is sure to be a great first day.

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If the alternative scene isn’t your thing, never fear, as day 2 is chocked full of the best of pop, r&b and EDM acts. And who better to headline than global superstar DJ and two-time Tennent’s Vital headliner in the last 3 years, Avicii (pictured at top). He has topped the charts on numerous occasions since his introduction in 2011 and performed at major festivals across the world. However this time Avicii (aka Swedish electronic musician and DJ Tim Bergling) has announced his retirement in a letter on the front page of his website, stating this tour to be his last, so whether or not you’ve seen Avicii before, book your ticket fast and don’t miss out on seeing the incredible DJ one last time.

Jess Glynne will take her spot as top support on day 2 of the festival. After gaining instant success for providing the lead vocal track to Clean Bandit’s 2014 banger ‘Rather Be’, she has received nothing but praise and attention for her work, including a Grammy award for Best Dance Track, as well as a nomination for Song of the Year at the BBC Music Awards. She recently wowed crowds and critics at Radio One’s Big Weekend in Plymouth in May, so we can’t wait to see what she has planned for Belfast. With three further support slots awarded to the best up and coming dance acts Duke Dumont, Galantis and Zak Abel, day 2 of Tennent’s Vital is sure to be bouncing from start to finish, so be sure to wear your most comfortable shoes.

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Two days, seven huge acts, one field: don’t miss out! Tickets available now from Tickemaster.

 

Fall Out Boy / October 2015 UK Tour

 
By on Thursday, 15th January 2015 at 8:30 am
 

Header photo by Pamela Littky

American stadium rockers Fall Out Boy have just announced a massive arena tour of the UK for this October. The announcement coincided with their intimate show at London’s Islington Assembly Rooms last night, leading up to the release of their sixth album ‘American Beauty / American Psycho’ next Monday, on the 19th of January. The video for the album’s title track has already garnered over two million views on YouTube; if you haven’t seen it already, you can watch it below the tour date listing. Tickets for the following shows go on sale tomorrow, Friday the 16th of January, at 9 AM.

Past coverage of Fall Out Boy on TGTF is this way.

Saturday 3rd October 2015 – Leeds First Direct Arena
Sunday 4th October 2015 – Aberdeen AECC
Tuesday 6th October 2015 – Birmingham Barclaycard Arena
Wednesday 7th October 2015 – Cardiff Motorpoint Arena
Friday 9th October 2015 – Manchester Arena
Saturday 10th October 2015 – Bournemouth International Centre
Sunday 11th October 2015 – London Wembley Arena

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Live Review: Fall Out Boy at London Wembley Arena – 20th March 2014

 
By on Monday, 24th March 2014 at 2:00 pm
 

“Put on your war paint!” is the rallying call from the rejuvenated Patrick Stump as he bursts onto the stage to the operatic overture of ‘The Phoenix’, inviting a skirmish on the floor of Wembley Arena. And a battle Fall Out Boy did indeed incite: the battle between the post-hiatus and the pre-hiatus. No blood was spilt though (that I’m aware of, as I was in the rather soulless, seated area).

Now as openers go, ‘The Phoenix’ worked incredibly well whipping the masses of pre-pubescent girls and their Dads/chaperones into a living breathing body, swaying back and forth like the tide. Immediately, it was obvious that the fans that piled into the Wembley Arena for the evening’s frivolities had been captivated by FOB’s most recent post-hiatus record; the cheekily titled ‘Save Rock and Roll’. This new audience’s first taste of the Illinois foursome was ‘My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark (Light ‘Em Up)’ – this was among the songs that FOB’s newly captured audience held dearest. Meanwhile, the old schoolers (present company included), those who were brought up on a strict diet of ‘Take This To Your Grave’ with morsels of ‘From Under The Cork Tree’ and ‘Infinity On High’, were awaiting live staples like ‘Saturday’.

Now it’s the reaction to the set closer ‘Saturday’ that probably epitomised the post- vs. pre-feeling of the gig more than anything. The song that FOB have run out on each and every tour since their inception in 2005 is normally greeted with hysteria, screams and the wetting of pants from the more incontinently excitable among the crowd. As FOB closed out their arena sized big day out with the track, punters meandered to the exits, ignoring the pained screams of Messrs. Wentz and Stump. I expected the kind of mass hysteria tracks from ‘Save Rock and Roll’ were greeted with, not the rather upsetting displays of mass indifference songs from the band’s early back catalogue were instead greeted by.

But with the brief hiatus starving people of FOB-y goodness for a few years, a new audience have been introduced to the band, superseding the old guard, and is that a bad thing? Abso-friggin-lutely not. And the victor between the pre and the post? Neither. While there was a division at the gig, the two factions were joined in unison to anthems like ‘Sugar We’re Going Down’ and ‘Dance, Dance’. The difference was most apparent as the younger amongst the crowd were more inclined to lose their shit to the band’s Foxes’ collaboration than ‘Thriller’.

From the moment the four-piece arrived on stage, shrouded behind their balaclavas (I don’t get it, probably something to do with Courtney Love, mind), the energy was palpable and the set was peppered with a deliciously hook laden selection of songs. One after the other, 16 singalong anthems performed with boundless enthusiasm – the kind of enthusiasm, it seems, you need a small break hiatus to incite.

The break, whilst being a bit sad for an 18-year old John Fernandez, has obviously reinvigorated the band; and it’s obvious from the evening’s set whom has benefited the most from the time alone to ‘reflect’: Patrick Stump. Stump is now cutting his cloth as a bit of skinny, hip-thrusting heartthrob, and from Thursday’s showing, he has all the makings of a legendary frontman.

He has the stance, the outfits, the pipes and most notably the swagger. All night, when he was able to shrug off guitar duties, he strutted around Wembley’s stage like he bloody owned it. Now whilst Pete Wentz may be the poster boy of the band, Fall Out Boy 2.0 is most definitely a beast of Patrick Stump’s creation. Sure, the piano faux-impersonation of Elton John on the aural atrocity that is ‘Save Rock and Roll’ was a low point. But throughout the evening, the energy was palpable, and as frontmen go, Stump is the trailblazer for 2014.

The mid-show mini-set by Patrick, Pete and Joe Trohman was a very Coldplay-ey stadium touch, as seeing the band get ‘Serendipitous’ as hordes of teenage girls screeched aloud was testament to. While it was an interesting change of pace, songs like ‘Grand Theft Autumn’ are made for the electrical treatment and the thudding Wentz bass lines, whilst contrastingly ‘I’m Like A Lawyer’, worked brilliantly as a stripped down number. Put that one in ‘the needs work pile’, boys.

Even with the interlude slowing proceedings down, the highlight of the show ‘My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark (Light ‘Em Up)’ brought the hysteria back. As a single, on record I thought it was questionable. But undoubtedly after seeing it live for the second time, it’s obvious the song was made for the live arena. From the stage Stump conducted masterfully as tens of thousands of fans joined in unison a chorus of ‘LIGHT ‘EM OP OOP OOOOP’. The show was indisputably a triumph for the band showcasing a dramatic growth in their live sets. There were very few frills and the music – as it should – did the talking for the band.

Now as I was walking to the gig from a delicious Nando’s (other chicken is available and is also delicious), my company for the evening asked me where we were going. As she assumed it was a gig in Wembley Stadium, not the arena. Before the gig, the thought of FOB headlining the stadium seemed a bit laughable to me. Post-show though, it’s not the most bizarre of thoughts that they could be gracing the stage there in the next decade. Maybe then they’ll need some of the bells and whistles (the frills they did without) to go with it? Perhaps when they order the audience to “Put on their war paint!” Stump and Wentz will charge on to the stage with giant paint guns, Billie Joe style?

Stranger things… But for now, Fall Out Boy 2.0 are quite content with letting the tunes alone ‘Light ‘Em Up’.

 
 
 

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