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Before it was delayed until 2018, Fall Out Boy‘s new album Mania was originally scheduled to arrive this past Friday. When the band decided to push back the release, they also decided to scrap almost everything they were working on.
In fact, the singles “Young and Menace” and “Champion” are the only songs from the original Mania sessions that you’ll end up hearing on the final album.
“I think we got ourselves into a strange situation where we put out ‘Young And Menace’ and then we were like, ‘What’s the rest of the body of work?'” bassist Pete Wentz tells the U.K.’s Rock Sound. “I think we just kinda let each other do our own thing and, rather than serving the art, we ended up serving each other and the songs just weren’t compelling.”
Wentz estimates that Fall Out Boy is now about “60 or 70 per cent” done with Mania, which is now scheduled to be released January 19.
“It’s a work in progress, but we’re much further along with it,” says Wentz. “Not necessarily that we weren’t far along before — the songs just weren’t the right songs. We totally altered the course, which I think was important.”
Last week, Fall Out Boy unveiled the first song from their post-delay sessions, “The Last of the Real Ones.”
“‘The Last Of The Real Ones’ came in much more recently,” says Wentz.
“I don’t think that people will hear anything else from the original Mania sessions,” he adds. “Maybe you’ll get a melody or a couple lyrics or something, but for the most part it’s all scrapped.”
Despite the album delay, Fall Out Boy will still launch their North American tour as scheduled on October 20 in Cleveland.
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