Published Apr 24, 2013When Fall Out Boy went on hiatus back in 2009, many thought the split was the product of conflicting egos within the band. New projects from all four band members seemed to confirm this, but the reality, says the band's bass player and lyricist Pete Wentz, couldn't be further from the truth.
"We needed to be excited about doing Fall Out Boy," he tells Exclaim! in a recent interview. "We did seven or eight years straight with no breaks. We didn't ever come up for air. Everybody needed time to get right in their own head."
The band surprised both fans and the industry as a whole when they announced their return back in February with a new album, Save Rock and Roll, and accompanying tour.
"There was always a chance that we would come back," says Wentz. "We're obviously friends with each other. We hung out when we weren't a band. We wrote songs and they seemed like they could be new Fall Out Boy stuff. They got us excited and we moved ahead from there."
The band recorded the album without letting anyone outside the immediate group know. "It allowed us to make the album we wanted to make," he says. "At the end of the day, if we didn't like the record would have thrown it away and nobody would have been the wiser."
Save Rock and Roll is out now on Island Records. Check out their upcoming dates here.