Sight & Sound

Fall Out Boy saves rock and roll?

As absurd as it sounds, Fall Out Boy’s new album is called Save Rock And Roll. But perhaps, Pete Wentz and company are much smarter than we give them credit for. Perhaps they too know the absurdity of “saving rock and roll”, but know a clever marketing plan if they saw one. Their new album, featuring guest spots from Courtney Love, Elton John and Big Sean is everything you’d expect from Fall Out Boy; loud guitars, radio friendly melodies and Patrick Stump’s signature falsetto. Who said rock and roll needed saving?

Stream the entire album below and decide for yourself.


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Review: The Damned Things – Ironiclast

In “Friday Night (Going Down In Flames)”, Damned Things frontman Keith Buckley (of Every Time I Die) sings “all I want is another good time”, and from here, we get what this new heavy metal/rock group is all about. Featuring Buckley and Josh Newton from ETID alongside Scott Ian and Rob Caggiano from Anthrax and the other two guys from Fall Out Boy, The Damned Things do their best to bring what Motley Crue, Anthrax and Thin Lizzy have done in the past into the present. Not surprisingly, it’s what you’d expect if you mashed Anthrax with Fall Out Boy; heavy metal riffing, cigarette/booze-laden vocals and the melodic chops of mainstream pop punk.

Tracks like the aforementioned “Friday Night” and “Bad Blood” are the kind of brooding metal/rock hybrid that would easily kick start your Friday night party. Alcohol soaked, drug-fueled and cavorting half-naked women of the night is the best visual description of what The Damned Things sound like. It’s cheesy, but certainly balls out, and the potential for some of these tracks to be become staples at the strip club is high.

Songs like “We’ve Got a Situation” however, while plugged in diligently into the heavy metal psyche, are a little too meandering and play on just a little bit too long. But Keith Buckley is no slouch, and easily one of the best frontmen in metal/rock today. He’s got the kind of vocal swagger that made the likes of Vince Neil and Axl Rose household names through the 80s.

“A Great Reckoning” is a stand out track, and it’s a ballad. And if The Damned Things can make a ballad rock, they’ve got to be pretty damn good. (Mercury)

[xrr rating=3.5/5]


Patrick Stump debuts new song

Former Fall Out Boy front man Patrick Stump has debuted a new track, “Spotlight”, from his upcoming solo album. Unsure as to the direction of the song, Stump recorded two different versions of the song and is asking fans to choose which one will end up on the final cut of the album.

You can hear a version of the track above while the alternate version can be heard here. Fans can go and vote on which song they prefer on Stump’s official website.


Pete Wentz’s Black Cards debuts new song

Black Cards, the new dance-infused electro-pop project from former Fall Out Boy bassist Pete Wentz, has debuted the brand new song, “Dr. Jekyll & Mr Fame”, on their Facebook page.

In order for fans to grab a download of the new song,  they will have to “like” their page and the song will unlock itself.

We didn’t want to “like” the page so we haven’t heard it yet. But let us know if its any good.

Wentz formed Black Cards alongside little-known singer Bebe Rexha after Fall Out Boy called it quits earlier this year. Vocalist Patrick Stump is working on his upcoming solo debut while the other two guys in the band went on to work with members of Every Time I Die and Anthrax to form The Damned Things.


Loud is the new loud

LoudnessThe chaps at RollingStone have compiled a pretty in-depth article chronicling the current trend for music production to have its dial turned waaaay up. Titled The Death Of Fidelity, the article discusses the landscape of modern music production and how several noted artists have had recent albums engineered extra loud to gain attention- rendering the actual quality of their sound rather low.

This effect is done by “applying dynamic range compression, which reduces the difference between the loudest and softest sounds in a song,” which masters the music much louder than it should be. The article goes on to say advancements like ProTools only enable the “loudness wars” and perpetuates the ongoing “volume contest” to attract attention and, ultimately, sales.

RollingStone also talk to noted producers and artists like Butch Vig (Nirvana) and Kim Deal (of the Breeders) about this rising Continue reading