Bite-Sized Beats: Fall Out Boy “just about snapped” on new single

Fall Out Boy built it, so overcast kids have come.

On January 18, Fall Out Boy released their brand new single “Love From the Other Side.” This marked not only their first single in five years, but the opening salvo for their upcoming album So Much (For) Stardust.

“Love From the Other Side” is a return to form for Fall Out Boy, boasting incredibly strong lyrics from its opening line “model house life meltdown still a modern dream letdown” to the inevitably iconic “every lover’s got a little dagger in their hand.” Beginning with a jaunty piano riff and a grand orchestra, it doesn’t take long for the instrumental to fade and launch into sprinting drums and a dancing guitar line that is no less cinematic. While the leadoff single from 2018’s Mania, “Young and Menace” felt like the an experiment, “Love From the Other Side” feels like the result of years resting and soul-searching. It’s refreshing, energetic and mature in a way that propels the band forward while staying painfully honest.

Unfortunately, this fantastic track and album announcement were accompanied by the announcement that guitarist Joe Trohman would be taking a hiatus from the band. Citing “rapidly deteriorated mental health” in a letter to fans, Trohman also expressed “great pride” in the new album and assured fans this is just a temporary break to prioritize his recovery.

“So, the question remains: Will I return to the fold? Absolutely, one-hundred percent.”

This also offers a possible explanation as to why Trohman spends most of the music video with a large raccoon head. In the video’s story, he is “transformed into a raccoon” by a witch in a bedtime story a much-older-looking Pete Wentz reads to his granddaughter.

If this is just the opening credits, So Much (For) Stardust is set to be one hell of a film.

So Much (For Stardust) is scheduled for release on March 24. Check out the music video for “Love From the Other Side” below!

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