The frontman spoke to NME at Reading Festival on Sunday (August 28) about his love for the longawaited record.
“First of all, it came out and it was blond but all the reviews put the ‘e’ in it and I was like ‘is this on purpose or not on purpose?’,” he said. “I wasn’t really sure. It’s super confusing, but it’s got to be purposeful so I’m wondering what that is.”
He continued: “I think I don’t really know enough about the behind the scenes of how it all happened or whatever, but I love the record. ‘White Ferrari’ is so great, ‘Self Control’ is so great.
“I think it’s pretty awesome when you can hear the emotion that goes into songs and they can kind of transport you, like I made up my places of what those songs are about. I listened to it in the gym and I really thought about it.”
Wentz described himself as a “sad music in the gym kind of guy”, saying: “I can really get the extra gains when it gets real sad. Is that so messed up? Everyone else is listening to, like, “roarrrr” and I’m like ‘let’s go, come on, squeeze a tear out of my bicep’.”
Watch Wentz talking about ‘Blonde’ above.
‘Blonde’ was released on August 21 and came with a magazine called Boys Don’t Cry (the former working title of the record itself). The magazine was available at pop-up stores in London, New York, Los Angeles and Chicago.
The album also credits such big name contributors as David Bowie, Kanye West, Jamie xx, The Beatles, Brian Eno, Pharrell Williams, Elliott Smith, James Blake, Yung Lean, Tyler, The Creator and former Vampire Weekend member Rostam Batmanglij.