My favourite band as a wide-eyed teenager, last night in London provided a nostalgic opportunity to catch Fall Out Boy in the same size of venue that I first caught them in back in 2006. Electric Brixton was jam-packed and bursting with anticipation to catch the band as they gear up for the release of their seventh studio album, Mania. Since becoming a global phenomenon the Chicago quartet have become an arena-filling act (their next London show is at The O2) so there was definitely a sense of wonder as to if they could still do it in a more intimate setting, where they don’t have pyro and a massive production to hide behind.
I’m pleased to report that the answer is a resounding… YES THEY CAN!
After the first few bars of opener “The Pheonix”, all fears were allayed. This is a band that made its reputation the hard way, grafting on tours supporting the likes of Mest (remember them?) and Less Than Jake, putting in their ten thousand hours to be the best they live band they can be. Something that that stood out most about the show is how many songs the band now have in their repertoire, and the unenviable challenge it must be when trying to pick a setlist. Most of the songs you’d expect were there, songs that broken them into the mainstream such as “Sugar, We’re Going Down,” and “Dance, Dance,” sat well with newer tunes “Centuries” and “Irresistible.”
With the release of Mania just a week away, the show provided an opportunity for fans to hear music from the record live for the first time. The band played all five of the tracks they’ve released from the album so far, and judging by the reaction from their public, “The Last Of The Real Ones” could become a well-worn favorite, revered by their fan-base in a similar vein to other beloved songs in their back-catalog. A piano-led version of “Young and Menace” whilst super-powerful left me a little disappointed, as I really wanted to see how they pulled off the sample in the chorus live. Hopefully, I’ll get my chance when they come back later this year.
As usual “Saturday” closed the show, with bassist Pete Wentz in the crowd screaming along. They might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but I’m glad we live in a world where Fall Out Boy is still a thing.
Fall Out Boy return to the UK in March.
Dates and tickets via Ticketmaster
Mania is released globally on 19th January.