Fall Out Boy have recently wrapped up the North American leg of their M A  N   I    A tour, and in a new interview, the band open up about their seventh album—and their decision to expand their sonic direction.

“We wanted to move the ball forward,” Pete Wentz tells Entertainment Weekly. “The great thing about the way people listen to music now is there’s such disregard to genre. I think this record is expansive in that way.”

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Wentz explains that the band went back to square one with their new album after realizing the songs were just now good enough. For them, it really wasn't what they wanted. So, they spent extra months “expanding their sonic palette,” creating music that they felt was meaningful to them.

“There were some songs that weren’t going to reach a wide enough demographic to be singles and at the same time they weren’t meaningful enough to us—they were too middle of the road,” Wentz explains.

And although M A  N   I    A is proving that their sound has evolved, the band's mission has remained the same. “We try to speak to the idea that if you don’t fit in anywhere else, you can fit in with us,” Wentz says. 

Fall Out Boy’s new album, M A  N   I    A, is due out January 19.

When talking about their new album for issue 347, Patrick Stump says this album is going to be different than anything they’ve done before.

“This [record] is the most off-script we’ve gone,” Stump tells AP for the very first story on their new album. “I want to try to invent something, because life’s too short.”  

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