Last month Patrick Stump and crew released the gladiator-themed music video for "Centuries," Fall Out Boy's first single from their highly-anticipated full-length, American Beauty/American Psycho. The song is massive, an arena-ready anthem not unlike the album's title track, which the band released a few weeks later.
The next is "The Kids Aren't Alright," a sentimental and strong tune driven by whistles and delicate percussion. (Nope, it's not an Offspring cover.)
The song does have their characteristic palm-muted power chords but dives head first into pop territory. "I'll do it all again / I think you're my best friend," Stump scream-sings with the repetition of a self-sure question. "Don't you know the kids aren't all right?" If the track is any indication of FOB's new direction, we can expect Paramore-levels of crossover appeal in the very, very near future.
Listen to "The Kids Aren't Alright" above!