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5 Bands That Influenced Fall Out BoyNovember 17th, 2014 by Liz Groth
When Fall Out Boy announced that they would be going on hiatus in 2009, fans everywhere cried out in protest. The next three years proved to be interesting for those Overcast Kids who stuck around to see what their favorite musicians were working on in their spare time. Lead singer, Patrick Stump, went solo and released an R&B inspired album called Soul Punk. Pete Wentz teamed up with Bebe Rexha, Nate Patterson, and Spencer Peterson to form the dubstep band Black Cards. The remaining half of Fall Out Boy, Joe Trohman and Andy Hurley, returned to their hardcore roots by focusing their attention on a heavy metal side project called The Damned Things (which featured Scott Ian of Anthrax, Rob Caggiano of Volbeat, and Keith Buckley of Every Time I Die). The stark differences between each of these musical endevers are pretty obvious, but these influences can be heard throughout Fall Out Boy’s albums as well. Don’t believe me? Take a listen to Thnks fr th Mmrs (which was produced by Babyface) and then compare it with anything off of Fall Out Boy’s recent PAX AM Days EP. With such a vast range in musical styles, it’s no wonder that the list of bands Fall Out Boy cites as being influential are all over the board.
1. The Get Up Kids
In an interview with Alternative Press, Pete Wentz stated that “Fall Out Boy would not be a band if it were not for The Get Up Kids.” The Get Up Kids have been noted as being incredibly influential in the rise of the emo pop-punk music scene, although The Get Up Kids themselves have made it clear that they are less than thrilled to be responsible for the increase in this genre.
Both guitarist Joe Trohman and drummer Andy Hurley have cited Metallica as a musical influence. Although this style is much more prevalent on tracks recorded for their side band, The Damned Things, Fall Out Boy’s PAX AM Days EP has clear ties to this as well.
It’s no secret that Patrick Stump is a huge Prince fan. There’s definitely some similarity in vocals between the two artists, especially on Patrick’s solo album Soul Punk.
4. New Found Glory
When Fall Out Boy was just starting out, they worked with producer Jared Logan. Logan claims that when he asked Pete Wentz what sound he was aiming at with Fall Out Boy, Pete simply handed him the first two New Found Glory CDs.
5. Lil’ Wayne
Pete Wentz claims that when he was writing the lyrics for Infinity On High he was greatly inspired by Lil’ Wayne’s work. Later on, Lil’ Wayne was featured on Fall Out Boy’s song Tiffany Blews.