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Q&A: Fall Out Boy singer Patrick Stump

April 12, 2013|By Matt Pais | RedEye Sound Board

That’s good.
Hey, I’m lucky. I’m a happy guy. I guess if I played more X-Box Live maybe I would have heard some nasty stuff like this. But I don’t. And I had never heard anybody say a lot of these kind of things, and I was just shocked that people were that cruel. It was more of a world thing. I wasn’t [saying], “Boo hoo, my record didn’t sell.” It was, “Holy [bleep], I didn’t know the world was so dark!” [Laughs] And that’s really what it is--no, man, sorry, to get back to the record: In no world did my record not sell and my thing flopped and then I go, [mopey voice], “OK, well, I’ll go back to Fall Out Boy.” [Bleep] no. Look, whether or not people like this, I think it’s audible, you can tell in the music that we do that we are happy to be making this record. And that’s the kind of thing you can’t make out of obligation. You can’t make out of pathetic sadness. It was a thing that we had to be really in the right mind frame to do. And I think we had to do the solo things in order to do that. In order to find that kind of excitement again. It’s like John Lennon said, “You have to breathe in to breathe out.” You can’t do this, making music or making any art, continuously. I did learn a lot. I think I learned a ton from the solo thing. And [bleep], I want to do another solo record eventually, too.

 There are so many bands whose longevity seems to come from doing the same thing over and over again. Do you think most people prefer that because it’s safe? I appreciate that you guys do what you want to do and challenge fans to grow with you, but I wonder how many people actually want to do that with the bands that they love.
[Laugh] I don’t know. I think you’re very right. I think there are a lot of people who want a band to be a brand name, and they expect the same thing out of a band that they expect out of a fast food chain. Which is, “I don’t really want anything too good or too exciting or too new or too different. I just want the thing that I came here for.” And I get that, but it blurs the line between product and artist because it’s almost like in that scenario the record that you make is a hamburger. And you can still buy that record that you like. That same record, it’s still in print. It still exists. And we’re still going to play some of those songs live. So by virtue of us going out and playing new songs and recording new songs it doesn’t mean it invalidates or makes not exist. It’s almost a silly mentality because it’s like saying, “I want to go to Burger King but I’m pissed off that a Mexican restaurant opened up down the street. I’m just pissed that it’s there.” It’s not the same product. It’s not the same thing. I think that’s kind of the ongoing challenge. Man, one thing I will say for the solo thing is that I didn’t know that people were so mean about anything and whatever, but it was like standing in front of a hockey goal, just getting pelted in the chest with pucks for hours. It toughens you up a little bit. I think I just don’t care anymore about those kind of things. There’s going to be people who don’t like this record, and that’s cool. They exist and I exist and we exist parallel. I’m happy. [Laughs] I think that’s a result of that kind of experience I suppose.

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