Joe Trohman Admits Not Liking Fall Out Boy’s ‘Mania’

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Fall Out Boy’s lead guitarist Joe Trohman revealed in a recent interview with Rolling Stone that he was not a fan of the band’s most recent album ‘Mania.’ Trohman said he predominantly preferred to stay outside during the recording process.

Joe Trohman and his friend Pete Wentz were discussing forming a melodic band inspired by the sound of the bands like Green Day. Then, Trohman recruited Patrick Stump after meeting him in a bookstore, and they ended up with the name Fall Out Boy.

The band started to gain recognition while touring for the promotion of their debut album ‘Take This to Your Grave.’ Later they achieved mainstream success with ‘From Under the Cork Tree,’ which entered the US Billboard 200 at number 9. The band came to the fore in the international music scene with the hit singles such as ‘Sugar, We’re Goin’ Down’ and ‘Dance, Dance.’

The pop-punk band’s triumphant appearance continued with the follow-up record ‘Infinity on High,’ which became a significant success debuting at number 1 on the Billboard 200. After going on an indefinite hiatus, they announced their unexpected comeback in 2013.

Continuing to produce since then, the band released its most recent album ‘Mania‘ in 2018 as a follow-up to ‘American Beauty/American Psycho.’ The album departed from the band’s pop-punk style and embraced a more electro-pop sound. Although it debuted at number 1 on the US Billboard and achieved commercial success, Joe Trohman was not satisfied with the album that much.

In a recent interview, Trohman stated that he wasn’t enthusiastic about the record during the creation process. As he revealed, he was there whenever needed but mostly tried to stay out of it. According to him, the album failed to realize its potential, although it had many creative ideas. The guitarist noted that he was interested in playing music with all different instruments during the recording. In his opinion, they should have produced ‘cool’ material instead of focusing on hit singles.

Joe Trohman said the following about ‘Mania’:

“I’d say, ‘I’m going to extricate myself from this. This is not what I want to do. When you have some stuff together, give it to me. If you want me to throw some ideas on there or whatever, I’ll do it in my recording studio.’ And I did that a little bit, but overall, I stayed pretty much out of it, more or less. ‘Mania’ has some cool ideas and interesting stuff in there. But it didn’t work as well, and I can’t say I love it.

That’s what leads me, hopefully, to go back to making a record with guitars, bass, drums, and vocals. I love synthesizers, synthesizers that we play with. We can play music; let’s play the music. Let’s not go for samples. Let’s not try to reach for singles. At this point, we’ve had so many hit singles. Do we really even need to reach for singles anymore? I think we should just make a cool record.”

You can check out the album below.