Not even a week after Fall Out Boy‘s Pete Wentz debuted his catchy, spoken word “Check Your Phone” with Cheap Cuts, he’s now revealed he does have plans for a solo album. There’s a catch on how soon we might be receiving it though.
Pete Wentz, perhaps best known as the bassist and lyricist for Fall Out Boy is definitely not a one-trick pony. He proved that for the millionth time just last week with “Check Your Phone.”
The new track was certainly a far cry from what the casual Fall Out Boy fan might think would come from one of their members.
The track features some laid back instrumentals with Wentz giving a rambling, spoken word vocal delivery. It’s catchy, it’s fun and it’s different. It’s being referred to as anxiety rap if that helps paint a picture for those who haven’t checked it out yet.
Pete Wentz offered up his thoughts on the track and his lyrical inspiration.
“It’s funny to have everything in the world in a device at the tip of my fingers and feel like it is swallowing me whole sometimes. Without a doubt, my phone has made touring, staying in touch and finding out random actors who voiced GI Joe characters from the 80s cartoon easier. But my addiction to it is complicated – the last thing I look to at night is its hazy blur, and it is the first text message that jolts me awake in the morning.
“To me this song is about the anxiety it gives me, but at the same time, the way I feel a bit lighter when I watch a video on it of raccoons walking around like people or whatever. It is messy and filled with complex, opposing perspectives that seem to contradict each other – just like us”
Watch it below.
Fall Out Boy were supposed to be hitting the road with Green Day and Weezer for the monumental Hella Mega Tour, starting this June. But, with the coronavirus pandemic grinding everything to a halt, the future is uncertain, particularly for the music industry.
Pete Wentz spoke a bit about his plans if the quarantine continues in a recent interview. One of those plans is a potential solo album. Wentz was first questioned if he planned on doing another feature.
“It would have to feel right. I have a space in my head that’s always been more of an album,” Wentz tells NME. “I have a concept for it, I have a lot of time on my hands and I kinda want to do it. Are we going to be in our houses for another six months? If we are, there’s going to be an album. I also have one other song I want to do with Cheap Cuts. Sonically, it’s an expansion on ‘Check Your Phone’ but thematically it’s about that first five minutes in the morning when you wake up and you’re in that post-dream state.”
He then elaborated more on the theme of the album and the inspiration behind it.
“There’s this bit in the movie Reality Bites where Ethan Hawke’s character talks about seeing his dad after he found out he had cancer,” Pete Wentz explains. “They’d talk about life and he gave Ethan’s character a pink seashell to help explain things. He realised the shell is empty and maybe life is pointless. ‘It’s all a random lottery of meaningless tragedy in a series of near escapes’, he says. That’s why he enjoys the little things in life, like eating a burger or smoking a cigarette. I think there’s a whole record from that perspective, taking part in these little pieces of life without the consequence. It’s important to not forget those little granular moments of life. To me, there’s a record in that pink seashell.”
So there you have it, if we’re stuck in our houses for another six months, we just might have a rocking new Pete Wentz record to listen to.