Fall Out Boy’s New Album ‘So Much (for) Stardust’ Is a Testament to the Emo Resurgence and Explores Their Punk Roots
Chicago pop-punk aficionados Fall Out Boy is back with a new album. This time, they are taking a deeper dive into their early 2000s sound that granted them global fame. The new album titled, ‘So Much (For) Stardust’ comes 20 years after their record-breaking debut album ‘Take This To Your Grave’. Over the years, Fall Out Boy has ventured into different paradigms of music. From Pop to Hard Rock, to Punk, to EDM, there is very little that the band has not dared to experiment with.
For their eighth full-length studio effort, the band spoke to the press to explain how they “weren’t worried about outside influences or making hits.” Instead, they wanted to create a spiritual follow-up to their controversial, sprawling fourth album “Folie à Deux.”
The album is the follow-up to their January 2018 LP titled ‘MANIA’. January 18 2023 marked the date when Fall Out Boy disclosed their leading single from ‘So Much (For) Stardust.’ Called ‘Love From The Other Side,’ the song was released along with a music video and the announcement of the release date for their new album. The record has 13 tracks.
The band makes several returns with “So Much (For) Stardust,” and not simply to their opulent beginnings. For the release, Patrick Stump, Pete Wentz, Joe Trohman, and Andy Hurley enlisted Fueled By Ramen [Paramore, Meet Me At The Altar], their first collaboration with the iconic emo label since their 2003 debut, “Take This To Your Grave.” Furthermore, the group also returned to the studio with Neal Avron, who produced some of FOB’s most iconic songs, including “From Under The Cork Tree” from 2005, “Infinity On High” from 2007, and “Folie Deux” from 2008.
With the emo resurgence in motion, Fall Out Boy has evolved from their punk roots, but never quite let go of their artistic vision. According to bassist Pete Wentz, the “band has been an ongoing art project for twenty years and we know there have been many inception points along that journey. We wanted to create an album that merged those points together.” Reviewing the music in ‘So Much (For) Stardust,’ NME writes, “A rock titan set with the task of advancing their sound in a way that can still appease the sensibilities of lifelong fans could be daunting, but Fall Out Boy pulls it off.”