Fall Out Boy’s Pete Wentz Explains Delay in New Album Release


Story by Anne Erickson

Pete Wentz explains why the new Fall Out Boy record was pushed back

Fall Out Boy originally announced that their upcoming new album, “Mania,” would arrive on Sept. 15, but that date has been changed to Jan. 19, 2018. So, what’s the big reason for the four month delay?

Bass player Pete Wentz explains that the album simply isn’t ready. Speaking with Billboard, Wentz explains that the group has about six songs in the can out of 10.

“We’re a lot further along on it, but we pushed it back,” Wentz simply said.

Thus far, the songs off “Mania” have a different sound for Fall Out Boy. Both “Champion” and the EDM-influenced “Young and Menace” sound little like the band’s early hits.

Wentz assures fans that the rest of “Mania” won’t be as “sonically a left turn” as those tracks, but he has no apologies and says it’s “our job as artists to evolve.”

“That’s what our band needs…a foot in the future and a foot in the past,” Wentz added. “To balance the record.”

“What’s interesting with Fall Out Boy is we have guitar, drums and bass, but we’re finding ways to incorporate other ideas,” he said. “What I liked about the Clash was how they used and twisted those influences.”

Even without “Mania” in stores yet, Fall Out Boy will still embark on their planned fall tour. The group will perform a special show in their hometown of Chicago on Sept. 16, which was originally booked to coincide with the album release, and kick off a larger tour on Oct. 29 in Cleveland.