September 23, 2009
Fall Out Boy: A Brief Profile
Fall Out Boy was formed in 2001, but didn’t get uber famous until 2005 with their album, From Under the Cork Tree. Specifically, the single, “Sugar, We’re Goin Down,” brought them the most success. The record reached double platinum status in the United States, selling over 2.5 million copies. They are probably considered to be mainstream now, but to me, Fall Out Boy almost represents the peak of the “emo” phase in American teenagers.
Though the band and its members actually seem pretty normal, there hadn’t really been anything like them before. Pete Wentz is the sole reason for the popularity of “guyliner,” in my opinion (see present-day Adam Lambert, also). “Emo” is hard to explain, and Fall Out Boy probably isn’t categorized as such anymore, but like I said, they seemed to spark something. They are a mix of rock, punk, and gothic. Perfect for the angsty teenager.
Since they’ve become popular and mainstream, the members of Fall Out Boy have enjoyed consistently high sales on their singles and albums. Their second major album, Infinity on High, debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top 200 in 2007. They went on tour and experienced worldwide fame.
They’ve made plenty more records and released a few singles since then. The band leader, Pete Wentz, is extremely well-liked and is great to his fans. He updates his Twitter account regularly and seems to try to interact with fans, too. The whole band seems pretty personable, actually. (Well maybe not the singer because…well…nevermind.)
Currently, Fall Out Boy is participating in a few tours (not headlining themselves) and working on songs for a new album. In the meantime check out the Extended Play (released on April 27), America’s Suitehearts: Remixed, Retouched, Rehabbed, and Retoxed!
Posted by Shaane at 8:00 am