Fall Out Boy reveal all about new album

They have 20 songs

Fall Out Boy are planning to go into the studio this month to begin recording their new album.

The band have written 20 songs for the follow-up to ’From Under The Cork Tree’, and plan to work with producer Neal Avron.

Bassist Pete Wentz spoke about the unexpected sound of new track ’Me and You’.

He said: “In it (singer) Patrick (Stump) is doing things that are straight up Motown. If there wasn’t a rock band playing, it’d be straight R&B and he’d go on tour with just an upright bass and a drum and open up for R Kelly,” he explained.

“As far as lyrics go, I’ve been taking a lot of influences from the best lyricist of the past year: (rapper) Lil’ Wayne. He’s insane. There’s this one song (’Hit ‘Em Up) where he goes: “I eat up catastrophe/ Swallow the truth/ And belch reality” and I’m like ‘Wow’.”

The release of the as-yet untitled album is being held up due to wranglings with their label Island/Def Jam.

Wentz said: “We’ve been ready to record for about the last three weeks but…there have been some changes at our label, (there has been) a little bit of strangeness there..”

“Half the phone numbers I have for people at the label don’t have people on the other end of them anymore. It slowed us slightly, but we’re getting back to speed.

“We’re still definitely pushing for it (to be released this year), but I don’t know if we’re going to get the album out by the end of the year. We’d really love to do it, but in order for us to…the turnaround time would be insane.”

Wentz still hopes to release a new release by the end of 2006, however.

“There will definitely be a single out by year’s end,” he added.

The lyrical content of the new album will focus on the bands new found status. Wentz told MTV: “Everyone loves you when you’re hot, but the people you really want around you are the people who are going to love you when you’re not. They’ll return your calls and give a shit about you.

“And to some extent, we need to find a new group of people like that. And that’s a scary thing, no matter if you’re selling 2,500 albums a week or 45,000. And so a lot of that is showing up on the new album,” he admitted.