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IS THERE ANY­THING STYLIS­TI­CALLY OUT-OF-BOUNDS AT THIS STAGE? “Yeah, I think there is, hon­estly, in the same way you have to push bound­aries but do it in an au­then­tic way. I think it’s im­por­tant that you lay a foun­da­tion as an artist, rather than just chase everything you see. there are a lot of cur­rent songs that I re­ally like, but just wouldn’t fit un­der what I’d call the Fall Out Boy um­brella, but at the same time that um­brella does keep get­ting bigger.”

HOW DIF­FER­ENT IS THIS RECORD FROM THE ONE SET FOR RE­LEASE BACK IN SEPTEM­BER? “Very dif­fer­ent – I would say night and day. I’m not sure it was the ex­tra time as much as us be­ing okay with say­ing,‘ hey, we turned left a while ago, and now if we keep go­ing for­ward we are just go­ing to get our­selves more lost in the woods.’ The only way out was burn­ing the for­est down and start­ing out on the ad­ven­ture again. It’s kind of em­bar­rass­ing to say pub­licly, but I would rather be hon­est about cre­at­ing the best pos­si­ble Fall Out Boy record.”

HAS IT FELT STRANGE TOUR­ING THE AL­BUM FOR SO LONG BE­FORE IT HAS AC­TU­ALLY COME OUT? “We used to road-test songs be­fore we put them out, so in a weird way it was a throw­back to 10 or 15 years ago. I wish we could live with songs for, like, a year be­fore putting them out be­cause there are sub­tle changes you make live.”

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