Pete Wentz at Reading

Fall Out Boy’s Pete Wentz says he’d ‘love’ the band to explore a Jamaican, ‘dancehall-y’ sound

The bassist also discusses no longer living in a 'monoculture'

Pete Wentz has said that he would “love” Fall Out Boy to explore a “dancehall-y” sound as he discussed genre, the band’s longevity, and no longer living in a ‘monoculture’. Check out NME‘s interview from Reading 2018 above.

The band, who released their surprise EP ‘Lake Effect Kid’ earlier this week, topped the bill at this year’s Reading & Leeds. They took to the main stage on Friday night (August 24), following performances from The Kooks and Travis Scott.

Speaking to NME backstage at the event, bassist Pete Wentz spoke about where he would like Fall Out Boy’s sound to go next – with the group attempting to mix things up with each record.

“I would love to do something dancehall-y,” Wentz revealed. “I don’t ever want to be the band that jumps the shark – you’ve never heard us do like a rap verse or something like that.”

The musician added that growing up frequently visiting Jamaica with his family has inspired him to explore the dancehall genre.

“I think it would be cool to do something and see how that infected the sound,” he added.

The band also discussed what they think is the key to their longevity. “I think with Fall Out Boy we have a couple of things,” Wentz said. “We’re all friends with each other and having that base foundation is really important, as cheesy as it is to say that.

“Beyond that, I think that when we put out the record ‘From Under the Cork Tree [the band’s second album], which was like our debut to the world at large, I think on the next record [‘Infinity on High’] we decided to change our sound.”

Wentz added that the band taking a three or four-year hiatus between albums meant they returned with the “sonic landscape being completely different”.

“Serendipity was involved,” he added. “We were lucky.”

Reviewing Fall Out Boy’s huge Reading Festival set, NME concluded: After a decade performing at the festival Fall Out Boy’s well-earned headline slot was slick, sharp and a hell of a lot of fun, and really, what more could you ask for?”

Reading Festival concludes this evening (August 26) with a headline show from Kings of Leon, who will follow The Vaccines and Courteeners on the main stage.