Fall Out Boy is back at it again with a release of their new song “Young and Menace.” The band dropped the single with little warning on April 27th, 2017. Alongside it, they announced a new album, M A N I A, which plans to be released on September 15th of this year, and a North American tour. Needless to say, fans went crazy over “Young and Menace”, whether in a praiseful chorus or a sense of disdain.
Young and Menace starts out slowly – the piano plays gracefully in the background while the pounding of a drum beat echoes in the listener’s ear. The lead singer, Patrick Stump, chimes into the song in a peaceful and soft manner. The song builds up with anticipation as the drum beats stronger and stronger until…. the bass drops.
The song switches gears into some sort of a mix between a dubstep and EDM remix. Following this is a sense of confusion as loud and uneven noises bounce around. While this sound plays into the song’s story and meaning of trying to find oneself in the midst of confusion in the world, something seems quite off. The rock-based beginning mixed with a dubstep intensity in the chorus does not mix well with me.
Anyone who has been a fan of Fall Out Boy knows that they like to switch it up, which often leaves us confused and concerned, longing for the “old FOB” (whatever that may mean). While it is important for artists to grow, It seems as if Fall Out Boy has taken a sharp turn in a direction that no one wants to blindly follow. Gone are the days, it seems, of FOB being a rock and roll leader.
As I listen to “Young and Menace,” I can appreciate it as a song by itself, but it is hard to compare it to the power and monstrosities of Fall Out Boy’s other songs such as “My Songs Know What You Did In the Dark” and “Sugar We’re Going Down.”
“Young and Menace” is an okay, but easily forgettable song. It is definitely one of their weaker singles. I am interested to see where Fall Out Boy takes this new direction of style. I’m sure they have many more surprises in story for us.
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~Stay Punk Rock~
Woke up on the wrong side of reality/And there’s a madness that’s just coursing right through me
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