Over the course of more than 15 years Fall Out Boy have established themselves as the arena-sized, festival headliner, musical royalty that they deserve to be. So when they announced a show at the 1,800 capacity Brixton Electric – carnage ensued.
Many tears were shed once the ‘Sold Out’ sign was propped up in the browser window, and with good reason. It’s been a long time since London saw Fall Out Boy in this sort of setting and by the looks of things we could be waiting a life time for it to happen again.
For the lucky few who nabbed tickets (or had a really, really, good friend who did) this may well have been the gig of 2018 and it was all in support of the new album, Mania, released on January 19th.
But, since Fall Out Boy aren’t your typical rock band, this was not a typical album release show.
Across seven albums Fall Out Boy have forged the soundtrack to most of our lives and produced undeniable anthems since 2003 so tonight’s set list was back-to-back reminders of why Fall Out Boy have become the standout act of a generation.
Starting with The Phoenix from 2013’s Save Rock and Roll and moving through Hum Hallelujah, Dance, Dance and Grand Theft Autumn the Chicago quartet set out to remind us that nobody makes albums quite like they do.
New album, MANIA did get its fair share of the lime light with a total of five tracks played across the 20 song set.
The Last of the Real Ones was sublime live and a perfect example of why Fall Ouy Boy are adored worldwide. A simple piano riff moving into an edgier flourish all decorated with lyrics that almost hark back to an earlier time.
It’s not just the lyrics themselves that have always set Fall Out Boy ahead of the pack but their delivery. Mr Patrick Stump all but the best voice on the scene and only seems to have more of an impact live, especially in an intimate venue like this.
All youngbloods know that Fall Out Boy don’t come without their live quirks and after such a long time it’s almost comforting to find that they are still evident. All that was really missing was a true Wentz-speech but we’re sure to get one at the O2 Arena in March, right?
After such a successful career that has seen an extensive live production (note fire eaters at Reading Festival) it’s downright impressive to see that Fall Out Boy have the exact same effect when the whole thing is stripped back.
Little to no stage production, an identifiable wardrobe and lighting that was all but limited to purple-wash-out – Fall Out Boy at Brixton Electric pulled no punches. It did not need to.
All in all, it just felt incredibly special to be there for such a momentous occasion.
FALL OUT BOY WILL TOUR THE UK IN MARCH. GET TICKETS HERE.