In a recent interview with Radio.com, Fall Out Boy's Pete Wentz talked about the band's latest single, "Dear Future Self (Hands Up)." Specifically, Wentz talked about the sound that the band was going after with the new single... something akin to Outkast's "Hey Ya!."
“The song that we’re always in search of, to me, is ‘Hey Ya,’” Wentz tells RADIO.COM in the exclusive interview above. “That’s the song. It’s like this perfect song because it’s weird and you’ve never heard something like that before, but at the same time it feels like, warm and fuzzy, because it feels like something you have known. That’s what we’re on the search for.”
Searching for that type of song, Wentz and his bandmates in Fall Out Boy sought the help of Wyclef Jean, a known artist, but also somewhat of an underrated producer.
“We talked to Wyclef about that, and this is the song he came up with,” explains Wentz of "Dear Future Self (Hands Up)."
“It’s got kind of a ska undertone to it, it’s a weird song. It works for Fall Out Boy and Wyclef together, which seems like it would never work on paper in a million years.”
Musically, the Chicago band had a sound in mind and went after it. Lyrically, the song meaning is a little more abstract than that.
“I kinda think about this movie, ‘Definitely Maybe,’” remembers Wentz. “It’s this weird Ryan Reynolds movie that people kind of put in the rom-com category. I don’t really think it is, but there’s a moment in it when he loses his best friend, his relationship and all this stuff, and he’s like – ‘listen, I’ll write you a letter when I figure out whatever I’m suppose to have learned from all this.’”
“That’s kind of what the song is,” adds Wentz. “You don’t need to have it all figured out right now. I think sometimes we don’t always need to be writing to our past self. You can write to your future self and be like, ‘yeah, I’m pretty sure it turns out alright so I can feel alright right now.’”
Next up for Fall Out Boy is the release of their second greatest hits album, Greatest Hits: Believers Never Die - Volume Two
that comes out on 11/15/2019. Looking further into the future, the band will be on tour with Green Day and Weezer next summer with The HELLA MEGA Tour.
“It’s crazy for us because we grew up on both Weezer and Green Day,” says Wentz. “So to go on that tour will be insane.”
The HELLA MEGA Tour Dates:
Fri July 17 Seattle, WA T-Mobile Park
Tue July 21 San Francisco, CA Oracle Park
Fri July 24 San Diego, CA Petco Park
Sat July 25 Los Angeles, CA Dodger Stadium
Tue July 28 Denver, CO Dick's Sporting Goods Park
Fri July 31 Dallas, TX Globe Life Park
Sat Aug 1 Houston, TX Minute Maid Park
Wed Aug 5 Miami, FL Hard Rock Stadium
Thu Aug 6 Jacksonville, FL TIAA Bank Field
Sat Aug 8 Atlanta, GA SunTrust Park
Tue Aug 11 Minneapolis, MN Target Field
Thu Aug 13 Chicago, IL Wrigley Field
Sat Aug 15 Pittsburgh, PA PNC Park
Sun Aug 16 Hershey, PA Hersheypark Stadium
Wed Aug 19 Detroit, MI Comerica Park
Fri Aug 21 Washington, DC Nationals Park
Sat Aug 22 New York, NY Citi Field
Mon Aug 24 Toronto, ON Rogers Centre
Thu Aug 27 Boston, MA Fenway Park
Sat Aug 29 Philadelphia, PA Citizens Bank Park
From RADIO.COM - read the full article here: https://www.radio.com/music/alternative/fall-out-boy-pete-wentz-on-his-ryan-reynolds-movie-inspiration