The Fall Out Boy Legacy

March 4, 2023

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In the early days of Fall Out Boy, their youthful scrappiness was a delight. Fronted by 17-year-old Stump, the band would play friends' living rooms with the same energy as a hundred-person show, before they released their first EP.

The band's debut single 'My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark (Light Em Up)' was a major turning point, blending hip-hop drums with Stump's voice for the first time in an attempt to bridge the gap between pop and rock. It became a top 40 hit and proved that the band could transcend emo's reputation as a teen-melodrama staple.

As the 2010s began to unravel, a new generation of rock fans emerged, half a generation younger than their teen idols. They had their own slang, music tastes and a more mature understanding of emo's politics.

While the new bands made a big splash on the scene, many were quickly forgotten and replaced by newer, more mainstream rock acts. Whether it was blink-182 minus Tom DeLonge making shamelessly careerist pop-punk or My Chemical Romance flitting between goofball punk and rock for adults, it's rare that a rock band survives one cultural shift - let alone two.

When the dust settled, their enduring legacy was in their songs. Revisiting Take This To Your Grave or From Under The Cork Tree inspires more than just nostalgia; their lyrics are a living document, their emotions shifting with each listen.

Their last album, Save Rock and Roll was a huge success; it shared territory with R&B, hip-hop and electronic dance music – but at its core, it stayed true to the band's roots. That's why a song like Young Volcanoes, which borrows from Mumford and Sons, Avicii and the Lumineers, feels so distinct.


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