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Shared DNA: These edgy rock bands have it in common

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Fall Out Boy is headlining the Monumentour with Paramore.

Fall Out Boy is headlining the Monumentour with Paramore.

Pete Wentz doesn’t know what the future will hold for Fall Out Boy. But he’s not worried about it.

Wentz and Fall Out Boy – which includes Andy Hurley, Patrick Stump and Joe Trohman – have sold millions of albums and had a few No. 1 albums and singles.

The band’s most recent album, “Save Rock and Roll,” was released in 2013 after a five-year hiatus from music.

Wentz says the band is currently throwing around ideas for new material.

“I guess we haven’t officially started working on new music,” he says during a recent phone interview. “If anything, I think that we are far more open now to something that’s not in our genre.”

Wentz says while ideas have been tossed around, there hasn’t been any studio time booked.

“The way we work, Patrick and I work separately and Joe works separately,” he says. “Then we show each other and that’s where we are with music.”

Wentz says the band is trying to figure out the next vibe and where it will go next.

“It’s a strange place for us to be and I’m not sure who our contemporaries are,” he says. “We came from a specific scene in music that doesn’t exit now. We’re trying to figure out what our place in it is.”

Wentz and Fall Out Boy are headlining a tour this summer called the Monumentour with Paramore. The band also is having Denmark’s New Politics open.

Wentz says it took a long time to actually get on a tour with Paramore.

Paramore is touring in support of its self-titled album, which has spawned three radio hits.

Paramore is touring in support of its self-titled album, which has spawned three radio hits.

“We kind of started the same way and share some of the same DNA,” he says. “Our fans have been asking for a tour like this and it all worked out in getting it done.”

Wentz says he hand-picked New Politics for the opening slot. He was impressed with New Politics lead singer David Boyd’s presence.

“When I saw New Politics first and it was a raw and different show,” he says. “And seeing David (Boyd’s) kinetic energy on stage. I feel it’s important to help artists that are emerging and rock bands should take them under their wings.”

Fall Out Boy and Paramore are two bands that got their start on the Vans Warped Tour and have both been able to move to selling out stadiums and amphitheaters. Wentz thinks that both bands are able to do that because they push the envelope when it comes to music.

“One of the things that you have to be as a band is adapting,” he says. “You have to understand that as an artist you have to play music and create art. You have to push the envelope and push people into areas that you didn’t know existed. That’s something that we’ve done as a band.”


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