If Fall Out Boy are cashing in on a new version of themselves, then as a fan, I want to fold.
Release date: 28/04/2017
There's no two-ways about this: Fall Out Boy has gotten huge. In fact, they've probably gotten a new wave of fan-base to join them post-hiatus and since then, there has been no shortage of ups and downs. But this new single might just break the camel's back. For good.
I don't know if this is Pete Wentz trying to 'send a message' per se, in regards to the social aura of musicians and how the current trend of music is more geared towards EDM stuff these days, but this song is just absolutely messy. From it's quote-on-quote 'bass drop' right after the pre-chorus to the stumbling and jarring mix between Patrick Stump's vocals to the immediate throwaway of any sense of a rhythm, Young and Menace is more Weird and Crazy then anything.
There's many ways to change your style, and I think most Fall Out Boy fans have seen the growth of the band - or at least, those who've stuck around - and this seems to fit correspondingly with the days of Folie à Deux. But, instead of trying to ease into realm of new and uncharted territories the band decides to go all in on this railroad and it crashes before it even hits the second stop. And to think Folie is considered a fan-favourite now that most fans have come around to it.
Still, like how Linkin Park's Heavy was probably appalled by fans alike (and me, too, along with their two follow-up releases), it ultimately is just one song. Yeah, it's not Light Em' Up or Centuries, or hell, it's not even anything in their category, but there is an album awaiting us in September. And maybe, just maybe, if they slip on banana skin it might just turn.
What doesn't make sense, even if I'm trying to make of it, is the new fans that have come on-board with the band's more pop-oriented sound. Are they going to up and ditch because they're fair-weathered? Or is it simply because this isn't a good song to start with? Well, I think we know what the reason could be.
The song, when it reaches that crescendo (you know, the last one), it gets this confusing flux of vocals and melodies, and it just doesn't work. The more I listen to Young and Menace, the more I find flaws that stick out like a sore thumb. Rather than trying to be an actual EDM record (with predictable bass drops?) the song defines new conventions and gives excuses for trying to be 'new' rather than be 'different'.
But, the question is: will this song be a hit? I think so, but it'll be more so climbing the charts and fading away faster than it would with their previous releases. But I won't be listening to it in the next few weeks, that's for sure.
Benny Ong: Just your regular guy who likes soccer more than most people, and also a little downtime is pretty nice.