Fall Out Boy Biography

Gloriously honored the Road Woodie Award for Tour Band of the Year at the 2005 Woodie Awards held in early November, Fall Out Boy surely has pointed out that they are no ordinary American band at all. Continuing to evoke sensation through their Nintendo Fusion Tour all over U.S. for the rest of the year 2005, the quartet was set to rock the other parts of the world for they have been slated to hold European Tour by 2006, going around Ireland, England, France, and Germany to finally land their feet on The Netherlands.

Hailed from Chicago, this alternative rock act was formulated in 2001 by Pete Wentz (born on June 5, 1979 in Wilmette, Illinois) along with Joe Trohman (born on September 1, 1984 in Chicago Illinois) who both was still the members of a hardcore band named Arma Angelus at that time. Tired of the extreme politics and repetitiveness of the hardcore scene, these two talented young guys then intended to create their own tunes which would be more melodic also accessible for music listeners. Pete then became the group's bassist and vocalist while Joe took the position as the guitarist.

Still looking for another guitarist and vocalist, Joe delightfully felt a click when he stumbled upon Patrick Stump (born on April 27, 1984 in Evanston, Illinois) at a Chicago bookstore, so he quickly offered the seat to him with Pete's consent. They afterwards held an audition to search for a drummer and finally decided to include Andy Hurley (born on May 31, 1980 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin) of Racetraitor in the line-up. Under the name of Fall Out Boy, the quartet soon then made a three-song demo which they quickly sent to every record company while also appeared in the local scene.

As Fall Out Boy gradually gained a number of fans, the demo made its way to attract some labels, but it was Fueled by Ramen Records that later became their ultimate choice although they previously had released a split LP which featured "Project Rocket" in May 2002 and a mini-LP "Fall Out Boy's Evening Out With Your Girl" in February 2003 under Uprising Records. Teaming up with producer Sean O'Keefe, the band spent a couple of weeks in the recording studio before released their debut album, "Take This to Your Grave", on May 6, 2003. Containing witty song titles and catchy lyrics mixed with captivating guitar hooks, the album successfully captured the heart of either critics or fans, particularly through its track, "Grand Theft Autumn" which received constant airplay on Fuse and mtvU.

This initial success unquestionably brought Fall Out Boy's name to the surface and soon they embarked on tour with other bands, like Mest, Taking Back Sunday, Less Than Jake, Spitalfield, and American Hi-Fi throughout the rest of 2003. Noticed their potentiality, Island Records consequently offered them a record deal which they eagerly accepted. "With this record, we've got a bigger focus and a grander idea," Pete remarked. "We don't want to disappoint the 200,000 people who are part of a very cult following that hangs onto our every word, and we won't." Prior to their next work under this major company, the band took time to headline the "Believers Never Die" tour over summer 2004 which then was followed by a stint on the "Warped Tour".

Their second piece of work, "From Under the Cork Tree", eventually touched the market on May 3, 2005, and resulted beyond their expectation as the album was able to surpass its predecessor. Satisfyingly sold for more than 70,000 copies in its first week, it certainly propelled Fall Out Boy to reach wider popularity with its extraordinary sound that was responded enthusiastically by their huge fans. In the meantime, one of its track entitled "Sugar, We're Goin' Down" became a hit all over the country, taking number 8 on Billboard Hot 100, even wonderfully entered the top three of Billboard Modern Rock Chart. Another composition, "Dance, Dance" also scored well in the music chart for it managed to be included in the top 40 of Billboard Hot 100 and gained the top spot at MTV's TRL.

Following their successful years, the band went on the "Black Clouds and Underdogs Tour", a pop punk event that featured The All-American Rejects, Well-Known Secret, Hawthorne Heights and From First to Last. They wrote new songs for their new album during the tour. After finishing the trek, they returned to the studio and began recording new tracks for the LP which was eventually announced as "Infinity on High". Powered by single "This Ain't a Scene, It's an Arms Race", the album became the band's biggest selling week, selling 260,000 copies to debut at No. 1 on the U.S. Billboard 200. Fall Out Boy then headlined the 2007 "Honda Civic Tour" to promote the album.

The band returned with "Folie a Deux" a year later. Recording sessions for the album were tough, prompting the band to take a break soon after the project was released. Trohman and Hurley joined a new band, Damned Things, during the hiatus, while Wentz teamed up with Bebe Rexha to form Black Cards. Stump took the opportunity to launch a solo career, ditching his band's emo pop music in favor of a more electronic, R&B-influenced sound.

Despite receiving positive reviews, Stump's solo album failed to attract fans. Wentz's Black Card didn't go too well either. That's when the rumors of Fall out Boy reunion began swirling. In February 2013, they confirmed they'd reunited and started working on a comeback album called "Save Rock and Roll". The album was released in April and landed directly at No. 1 on Billboard 200.

In late 2014, they announced a follow-up called "American Beauty/American Psycho" which was slated for release on January 20. It's led by "Centuries" which peaked at 13 on Billboard Hot 100. To support the effort, the quartet announced on January 15, 2015 that they would be going on a summer tour with Wiz Khalifa.