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Fall Out Boy
Multi-platinum Grammy-nominated Island Records group Fall Out Boy has ended their hiatus with force. With the global launch on February 4th of their new single, “My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark (Light Em Up)," the track hit #1 on the iTunes Singles Chart in the U.S. and #1 in multiple countries around the globe. The single sold over 161,000 units in the first week in the U.S. alone. Radio has also showed strong support, as the song was #1 Most Added at Modern Rock in its first official add week, and was also added at pop radio with top stations including Z100 (NY), KISS (Los Angeles), SIRIUS Hits 1 coming on board in the U.S. and Radio 1 in the UK among others around the globe. The “My Songs” video featuring 2 Chainz has been played over 5 million times since Feb 4 as well. The launch took place at the original Comiskey Park, the location of Disco Demolition Night in 1979.
With the incredible excitement around Fall Out Boy’s return and “My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark (Light Em Up),” the band moved the release date of their album SAVE ROCK AND ROLL to April 16 (from May 7). Pete Wentz said: “ So when we got this all rolling we didn't expect it to be so crazy. But we weren't kidding when we said we had the album done- so why wait? It means the world to us the way you have welcomed us back. SAVE ROCK AND ROLL now out early, on April 16th.”
The band announced six small shows during the Feb 4 launch, and each one in NYC, Chicago, Los Angeles, London, Berlin and Paris sold out in seconds. Days later, the band’s first tour since 2009 went on sale and tickets sold out in record time. The Rave in Milwaukee broke a 20 year venue record for fastest sell out. In addition, Fall Out Boy is headlining the annual Skate and Surf Festival in Freehold, NJ on May 18, playing at the Summer Sonic Festival in Japan on August 10 and 11, and performing at the prestigious Reading and Leeds Festivals in the UK in August.
The band debuted their hit single on national television on Jimmy Kimmel Live last night. Fall Out Boy now heads to Houston on February 16 for the NBA All Star Weekend (airs 7:00pm on TNT).
SAVE ROCK AND ROLL is Fall Out Boy’s fifth studio album, and is their first new studio album since Folie Á Deux in December 2008.
Hailing from the Chicago, Fall Out Boy - Patrick Stump (vocals/guitar), Pete Wentz (bass), Joe Trohman (guitar), and Andy Hurley (drums) - have appeared on the covers of Rolling Stone, Spin, Blender, and Alternative Press, among others. They have performed on NBC’s Saturday Night Live, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Late Night with Conan O’Brien, CBS’s The Late Show with David Letterman, ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live, and many more. In addition to their Grammy nod, they have won three MTV Video Music Awards.
Panic! At The Disco
First they infected us with A Fever You Can't Sweat Out, then they captivated us with Pretty. Odd. and now it's Panic! At The Disco's turn to remind us why we fell in love with them in the first place. With Vices & Virtues, their first album as a duo, frontman/multi-instrumentalist Brendon Urie and drummer/percussionist Spencer Smith have proven that their best ideas are just starting to get realized—and the disc not only marks the beginning a new era for this Grammy-nominated, Las Vegas-based rock act but in many ways also rings in a new period of musical and emotional growth that shows no signs of subsiding.
Panic! At The Disco began writing the follow-up to 2008's critically acclaimed opus Pretty. Odd. a year-and-a-half ago, however once they entered the studio with acclaimed producer John Feldmann (The Used, Neon Trees) in California, they quickly realized that so many songs were pouring out of them that they literally couldn't stop the process if they tried. "It just felt right to keep at it so we wrote 15 more songs in the studio with John as we were recording," Urie explains. Afterward the band headed to the West Coast to add some "accents with Butch Walker (Weezer, Pink), but ended up pushing out their older material and replacing it with new songs during those sessions, too.
"We never expected to record more songs with another producer [after working with Feldmann], so it was very unexpected but equally awesome," Urie admits. That isn't to say that the band faced some uncertainty when two of the group's founding members decided to leave in 2009. "There was a month or two where we didn't have any material or direction and that was scary," Urie recalls. "It took a lot of work to get up every day and just try to make the best record we could—especially because we hadn't written in so long—but once we found our groove it seemed like nothing could slow us down."
The result is Vices & Virtues, an album that effortlessly bridges the gap between the energetic pop anthems of their debut A Fever You Can't Sweat Out and the psychedelic leanings of Pretty. Odd. while simultaneously showing a progression that's evident in everything from the album's arrangements to its instrumentation. "It's always been important for us not to copy what we've done in the past," Urie says, "the songs on Vices & Virtues are very stylistically diverse and that happened naturally. There are songs that have a jazz feel and then rock songs with strings and hyper-energetic moments, too. It's really all over the place."
Twenty | One | Pilots
In its purest form music acts as a conduit of self-expression that's free from the
conventions of society and that spirit of fearlessness lies at the core of twenty | one |
pilots, a group whose musical vision is completely their own. Over the past few years
the duo of frontman Tyler Joseph and drummer Josh Dun have built a hardcore
following that seems primed to reach a fever pitch with the release of their Fueled By
Ramen debut Vessel.
"The first song I ever played on the piano was my own. I never took any lessons,"
Joseph responds when asked about his musical background. "I looked at the piano and
realized that music was a way of being able to say something; the phrase I always use
is that 'music is a vessel' and that's where the album title comes from." Before long
Joseph was writing and recording his own demos in his basement and twenty | one |
pilots was born.
The Columbus, Ohio-based band started out like most acts but instead of aimlessly
touring they concentrated on their hometown base and before long they were selling out
huge local venues like Newport Music Hall despite the fact they only had two self-
recorded releases available. "Every show we play our hearts out because where we
come from you have to grab people's attention and make sure that they never forget
you," Joseph says. "In our case we were able to build up a fanbase - one that walked
with us to grab the attention of the music industry outside of our hometown eventually
opening up the doors that have led to so many opportunities to take our music around
the world on what is an amazing journey".
The duo's ability to build up this local base was confirmed when the band sold out the
2,300-capacity LC Pavilion last April to announce that they were signing to Fueled By
Ramen, after being courted by over a dozen labels. That's right, there was no fancy
marketing or gimmickry that lead to twenty | one | pilots' rise, it was based solely on the
organic relationship they cultivated with their fans via their music, live performances and
online content. "To our fans we say we never got our big break, you created our big
break. Thank you," Joseph says.