After a cryptic, six second, Morse code video was released on Fall Out Boy’s VEVO, the entire world wanted to know what it meant. The band was quick to enlighten us – although not their blackened social media icons: “Centuries”, their next single! They just finished off touring Save Rock And Roll and apparently the pop-punk quartet, who are notorious for experimenting with new styles, had been writing on the road!
If the quiet chanting in the beginning sounds eerily familiar to you, that’s because it should be. Not only is it the well-known melody from 1987 hit “Tom’s Diner” by Suzanne Vega, but it is sung by someone most Fall Out Boy fans will recognize: the very same LOLO that performed “Miss Jackson” with Panic! At the Disco on Too Weird To Live, Too Rare To Die! I recommend you familiar yourself with the original if you haven’t already; homage is kind of why they featured the bit.
I listed the lyrics below because I feel they, like most Fall Out Boy lyrics, are a defining feature, and I’m more happy with this song than I was for most of Save Rock and Roll. Feedback? Here’s the song
After this familiar segment, it cuts right into the powerful, chanting chorus with and pretty piano melody in the background along with clapping in the form of quarter notes.
“Some legends are told
Some turn to dust or to gold
But you will remember me
Remember me, for centuries
Just one mistake
is all it will take
We’ll go down in history
Remember me for centuries”
The verses follow Fall Out Boys reliably unpredictability, with an unique rock vocal style backed by a pop beat.
“Mollify my teenage dreams
No, it’s nothing wrong with me
The kids are all wrong
The stories are off
Heavy-metal broke my heart
Come on, come on, and let me in
Bruises on your thighs like fingerprints
This is for tonight, the darkness that you felt
I never meant for you to fix yourself”
The first verse was my favorite for no particular reason, although I love the word mollify.
You have to enjoy that strange thing Patrick does to the word amnesia. More of that Fall Out Boy spontaneity.
“And I can’t stop till the whole world knows my name
Cause I was only bold inside my dreams
Until you die for me, as long as there’s a light
My shadow’s over you cause I, I am
the opposite of amnesia
and you’re a cherry blossom, you’re about to bloom
You look so pretty but you’re gone so soon”
The most interesting part of this song’s lyrics is the big bridge,
“We’ve been here forever
And here’s the frozen fruit
I could scream forever
We are the poisoned youth”
If you consider the post Fall Out Boy made on their website when the song was released, it’s really interesting that you can connect their biblical reference of David and Goliath to these lines. At least I think so.
All in all, the song speaks for itself. The vocals, the interesting use of backing sounds and instruments, it seems like it should feel generic but it’s so unique Fall Out Boy. It is an experiment. It is an anthem. It is a promise from Fall Out Boy, but also a call to action. Pick up your weapon, no matter what style or denotation, and fight with it.
Oh and seriously, what is up with the thing on the wrist of their cover art?
What do you think?
12 months, 365 days.
Thousands of records and hundreds of bands, but only a few captured our hearts (for some, again!) during the booming year of music. Now, I can’t speak for everyone, but these are my personal favorites from the music highlights of this year!
*Fall Out Boy- Save Rock And Roll
The legendary pop-punk band managed to record the entirety of this album without public knowledge until PropertyOfZack started dropping hints. Still, the announcement of a completed album and huge tour blew up the scene, and with Save Rock And Roll’s hip hop/pop influenced sound, pop-punk successfully infiltrated the Top 40. The guest appearances, such as Elton John and Courtney Love, make for an interesting- but ever catchy album. The storyline told through music video has yet to unfold in 2013, but fans everywhere still hold their breath for the conclusion.
*Lily Allen- Hard Out Here
After nearly four years of not making music, and making two children, Lily Allen had to make a statement to be reinstated into her position in the pop industry, as a painfully honest, sometimes crude, but always lovable musician. Living up to even her most popular hits, “Hard Out Here” not only reminds us of who Lily Allen is, but it’s modern satirical outlook on the discriminatory scenes of music genres like pop and rap leaves us both contemplating, and laughing. The video makes an even larger statement (yeah, she’s calling you out Thicke!), one that some people may have a hard time swallowing. Whether you love it or hate it, you’ll never forget it or Lily Allen afterwards!
*Avenged Sevenfold- Hail To The King
Nightmare was bittersweet for many fans of Avenged Sevenfold, and for a fleeting moment it was up in the air, a question everyone wanted to know, “Would Avenged Sevenfold continue making music without their friend and drummer known as The Rev?” And the answer is, of course, yes. They picked up a new partner-in-crime, the worthy Arin Ilejay, and began writing again. The result was an album that was a kind of tribute to their origins, the sound of Metallica and Black Sabbath that fueled every metal band since their rise. The sound is different, right down to the purposeful diversion from The Rev’s drumming style, the guitar riffs and vocals. But few could say they were disappointed, for it was a great album.
*Eminem (feat. Rihanna)- The Monster
The “Rap God” is back with his fourth collaboration with Rihanna! Everyone has demons to face, and Eminem comes to terms with his in “The Monster”. It’s everything you could expect from an Eminem song, and Rihanna’s powerful chorus is just too catchy. The inflective verses remind us that the off-the-wall rapper knows who he is, and that includes his faults. You don’t have to read too much into it, though, because the song is phenomenal either way.
*Pentatonix- PTX, Vol. II
The a capella group that started a little over a year ago blew up this spring, and they’ve been rolling uphill ever since. With each cover their vast fanbase gets bigger, and to no one’s credit but their own. This quintet is lovable from all sides, and if you’ve forgotten, PTX Vol. II will remind you why. On this album is their Daft Punk medley and their cover of “Can’t Hold Us” by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, along with several originals. These innovative musicians have harnessed the power of the voice itself, and their talent shows.
*Justin Timberlake- Mirrors
From the boy band to the solo career, Justin Timberlake has always been at the top of his game in music. And he had kept up that reputation in 2013 with “Mirrors”. The song is smooth and beautiful, but with changes of pace that make it not only pleasing but interesting to listen to. While he puts out single after single, I have to say I loved “Mirrors” the most from this year.
*Pearl Jam- Lightning Bolt
The problem with great bands is you either burn out, or fade away…usually. Pearl Jam is still driving hard, and they haven’t run out of material yet. Lightning Bolt combines new sounds as well as old ones, and you can always rely on Eddie Vedder’s strange lyrics to provoke contemplation. Living up to the original albums that shot them to stardom, you can enjoy every single song on
this record, and each one for different reasons. I can’t wait to see what they do next.
*Twenty-One Pilots- Migraine
I saw these guys a few months ago, and believe me, this duo is up and coming fast and powerful. With a unique sound that is part techno, part rap, and sort of punk, Twenty-One Pilots is one band you have to listen to. A personal favorite from their 2013 career is “Migraine”, with a pretty chorus and infectious verses. The soul that is put into this music is visible with all of their music, and the message in this song is pretty clear.
The band that set the foundation to the standards of female fronted pop-punk artists is back and better than ever. With the departure of both Farro brothers, Hayley, Taylor, and Jeremy, had to seek out a new sound. And it was mature, pulling a totally different style out of each of the members. With “Ain’t It Fun”, “Still Into You”, and “Anklebiters”, this album is bound to have you jumping around and dancing.
*Bring Me the Horizon- Sempiternal
This is arguably the best album of 2013. Oliver Sykes took his vocals to a whole new level that many skeptics didn’t think was possible, a level that many artists never reach. The music has matured too, taking it’s time instead of rushing forward like older records of theirs. You don’t have to change a good thing, but you can always make it better. And that’s exactly what Sempiternal
Love or hate the young new pop star, you can hardly deny that her first single that put her on “the map”, “Royals” is catchy. The kind of catchy that you associate with the flu; you can’t help but sing along no matter how much you hate the song. In fact, it’s almost impossible to hate the song itself, because it’s dark sound lulls to us, and the chorus is beautiful. Musicians of all kinds have had their fun covering it (Pentatonix, Halestorm, Paradise Fears, etc), and maybe that’s because it sounds great no matter what genre you associate with.
*Hollywood Undead- Notes From The Underground
The hybrid rock and rap group Hollywood Undead have created a steady following through their fun club anthems, such as “Comin’ In Hot” and “No. 5”, as well as their darker lullabies like “Pour Me” and “Black Dahlia”. Notes From The Underground was no different, with its twisted “Dead Bite”, funny and upbeat “Pigskin” and ballad “Believe” it topped charts immediately. Album after album and so far this group hasn’t slowed down. All around this record was really diverse, allowing each song to take on a life of its own for us to enjoy.
*Panic! At The Disco- Too Weird To Live, Too Rare to Die
Announced just after Fall Out Boy’s Save Rock And Roll, this album envelops a catchy new sound, just like every Panic! At The Disco record before it. It’s a little smoother, with a techno sound laced through pop and the attitude that is solely “Panic!”. The singles “Miss Jackson” and “This Is Gospel” only scratch the surface of the sound that will get stuck in your head for months.
*We The Kings- I Like It
Following both their own style and the movement created by Fall Out Boy and Panic! At The Disco, We The King’s new single “I Like It” has the hip-hop background that anyone can enjoy with the sound of punk-pop that we all love. It’s catchy and fun, and despite the criticisms, I can’t stop listening to it.
* Miscellaneous Artists- Punk Goes Christmas
The Punk Goes… compilations have been every hardcore, punk-pop, and punk kid’s dream for years since its inception…and ‘tis the season! This Fearless Records creation contains both covers and original songs by “punk” bands across the spectrum, all in time for the holidays! The originals are personally better, with New Found Glory’s “Nothing For Christmas” and The Ready Set’s “I Don’t Wanna Spend Another Christmas Without You” being both catchy and beautiful.
Well, that’s my list.
What music from 2013 did you love best?
What are you expecting from 2014?
Let me know! Happy New Year, friends.
The early morning of February 4th, 2013 saw an uproar of fans all over the world with this news: Fall Out Boy is back. The group had been denying all rumors (including a tweet from blessthefall’s Beau Bokan) about their reunion until their producer Butch Walker finally revealed the truth: the band had been recording for a while and the record (Save Rock And Roll) was scheduled to be out on May 5th, 2013. This announcement came with a song, “My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark (Light Em Up)”, and tour dates!
After five albums and then a four year hiatus, many critics are probably wondering, “When is Fall Out Boy going to fall?” And the answer is simple: never. Unlike many “sell-out” bands or bands that have had one too many lineup changes, Fall Out Boy stays true to themselves in their first song released. Is there a change in sound? Of course, there’s a difference, but if they were to play the same music on every record, they would not be respected and adored by so many people around the world.
There’s a reason, however, that I as a music aficionado believe that the new Fall Out Boy record will be nothing but classic. Start with the title of this first track. “My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark (Light Em Up)”. This sounds exactly like a title from any other record they had ever produced. While this song itself may be a little slower than your favorite Fall Out Boy song, the style is the same. Patrick’s range and stuttering vocal pattern takes you away from his “Soul Punk” and back to the Fall Out Boy of 2009 with “Folie à Deux”.
There’s nothing about this reunion that promises anything but an amazing comeback of a band that started off a line of records that still echo in the IPods everywhere. I don’t doubt the quality of this record at all.
Let’s Save Rock And Roll, Fall Out Boy.