Words by Rachel Campbell
The awe of Beyoncè’s Super Bowl XLVII performance slowly melted away just hours after it happened thanks to a tweet and Facebook post that surfaced around 6 a.m. that Monday. The announcement that “the future of fall out boy starts now” sent music news sites and social networking accounts aflutter with the confirmation of the long awaited return.
Fall Out Boy’s last tour was coincidentally as an opening act for Blink-182’s reunion run in summer, 2009. They later announced their hiatus in November 2009, soon after the release of a greatest hits album.
The break allowed members to tackle other musical endeavors, like vocalist Patrick Stump’s solo career. He released “Spotlight (Oh Nostalgia)” in November 2010 and included it on the “Truant Wave” EP in February 2011. Stump followed up with his most recent “Soul Punk,” in October 2011. Drummer Andy Hurley and guitarist Joe Trohman formed a heavier band by the name of The Damned Things with Keith Buckley of Every Time I Die on vocals. The group disbanded in 2010, but Hurley continued his hardcore streak by moving onto various heavy bands while Trohman joined With Knives.
Bassist Pete Wentz cited his high profile marriage to now ex-wife Ashlee Simpson as a reason for the band’s split, but that didn’t stop the music. Wentz launched Black Cards with vocalist Bebe Rexha in July 2010. Guitarist Nate Patterson (The Receiving End of Sirens) and drummer Spencer Peterson (Saves the Day, VersaEmerge, Hidden in Plain View) helped the band put out one EP and two mixtapes. They later lost a couple of members and Wentz and Peterson now remain as a DJ duo.
Despite their path splitting for a little over three years, Stump, Wentz, Hurley and Trohman have all come back together to pick up where they left off. Their return to the music scene comes with a summer tour that sold out in less than a day, a new single that is available now and a new album, “Save Rock and Roll,” to be released worldwide May 6 and 7.
Three years worth of rumors and wishes of the reunion that finally came will hopefully inspire other bands in this genre to pick up their instruments and rejoin forces. See where some of your old favorites ended up and why they should come back:
The Format (2001 – 2008)
Nate Ruess, now of fun., and Sam Means formed The Format in their Arizona hometown in 2001. Ruess announced in February 2008 that The Format would no longer be making music. Their music was much more relaxed than fun., and that makes them the better choice. Fun. has a list of singles that have become background noise in a sea of Top 40 hits, but The Format could croon on for hours without the need to hit next. Regardless, fun. just walked away with two Grammy’s, so chances are The Format will not be reuniting anytime soon.
The Academy Is… (2003 – 2011)
Vocalist William Beckett and bassist Adam Siska paired up in 2003 and then added guitarist Mike Carden. A few lineup changes later, the band would finally be set with second guitarist Michael Guy Chislett and drummer Andrew Mrotek. Opening with Cobra Starship for Fall Out Boy, The Academy Is… continued to succeed with the release of “Santi” in 2007 and had even more success with 2008’s “Fast Time at Barrington High.” Their first single, “About A Girl” was included in an episode of MTV’s “The Hills,” and a second single “Everything I Had” made it onto “Total Request Live.“
“Lost In Pacific Time” EP squeaked out in 2009 before the May 2011 departure of Mrotek and Chislett. Mrotek continued The Animal Upstairs, which refers to both his band and artwork while Chislett joined Pistol Youth and 1969. Beckett later announced their demise in October 2011. Beckett went solo, and has already released 3 EPs while Siska joined Say Anything as their permanent bassist. One can only hope they will reunite in 2015 for a 10-year reunion of “Almost Here,” if only for one Chicago show like they did for the five-year reunion.
Midtown (1998 – 2005)
A bunch of friends start a band, make some music and break up to pursue other projects; do you see a trend here? Midtown’s vocalist/bassist Gabe Saporta, drummer Rob Hitt and guitarists Tyler Rann and Heath Saraceno are no different. The band would split after three albums and a few EPs. Saraceno joined Senses Fail until 2009, while Rann sang for Band of Thieves before turning to the clothing industry. Hitt works for Crush Management and created his own label, I Surrender Records, which signed I Am The Avalanche, Four Year Strong, Valencia and more.
Saporta traded in his bass for neon attire when he launched Cobra Starship, a band that supposedly started as the result of a peyote-induced vision in the Arizona desert in August 2005. Saporta would contribute the single “Snakes on a Plane (Bring It),” to the movie of the same name a year later. This track included guest spots from The Academy Is…, Gym Class Heroes and The Sounds, and would be the first of several hits. That song made their first album, “While the City Sleeps, We Rule the Streets,” and Fall Out Boy’s Patrick Stump would produce their second, “¡Viva la Cobra!,” but it would not be until their third, “Hot Mess,” that the band would reach radio fame. Leighton Meester of “Gossip Girl” would sing on “Good Girls Go Bad” in 2009, which led to several other singles throughout their still thriving, and far from over career.
Something Corporate (1998 – 2006)
“Konstantine” is one of the only 9-minute songs that won’t bore you to death. We can thank the vocal styling and piano skills of Andrew McMahon for that. Something Corporate’s most successful release, 2002’s “Leaving Through The Window,” included singles like “Punk Rock Princess” and “I Woke Up In A Car,” both of which aided in getting the album to No. 1 on the Billboard Top Heatseekers chart and No. 101 on the Billboard 200. Their first hiatus was in 2004, a period in which McMahon began his second project, Jack’s Mannequin. “Everything in Transit” would be Jack’s Mannequin’s first release, and reach great popularity though mediums like guest star spots on “One Tree Hill.”
Something Corporate reunited for Bamboozle Left Festival in October 2006. It looked like their last show, until a brief reunion at that same festival in March 2010 followed by Bamboozle Right and Bamboozle Chicago in May 2010. The band did a brief reunion tour in the summer 2010, but have been MIA ever since. McMahon continued to release work through Jack’s Mannequin during the back and forth of Something Corporate, but he recently pulled the plug on that project as well. He now opts to use only his name for future work as of August 2012, and will be embarking on a small venue tour in spring 2013, which makes the reunion of Something Corporate or Jack’s Mannequin pretty unlikely.
Armor For Sleep (2001 – 2009)
Bamboozle apparently brings people together because Armor For Sleep is another that would reunite for the festival in 2012. They put out three albums throughout their career and the last one, “Smile For Them,” was released in 2007, two years before their demise. After not touring for a year, the band finally announced their break up in October 2009. 2005’s “What to Do When You Are Dead” was representative of the emo generation of the mid-2000s, so it came with great sadness when yet another band bit the dust. The original line-up played the festival in May and three other shows in July, but made no other plans beyond that.
Vocalist Ben Jorgensen had a brief solo career, and collaborated with Sierra Shardae, who is now working with The Academy Is…’s Andrew Mrotek on his band, The Animal Upstairs. Guitarist PJ DeCicco worked with former Senses Fail bassist, Mike Glita, in a band called Love Automatic. Despite there being no foreseeable reunion for Armor For Sleep, like all the others mentioned, they will be remembered for setting a precedent in this scene.