Fall Out Boy at Islington Assembly Hall
Fall Out Boy is a band that’s undergone more transformation than Rene Zellweger’s face. Starting as underground emo kings they soon discovered a talent for developing the more poppy side of their music, with From Under the Cork Tree giving them a huge fan base. In more recent times the Chicago four-piece has established itself as a slightly more rock-focused band, while also maintaining the pop element. In preparation for the release of their new album American Beauty/American Psycho the band booked in a flying visit to London, with the modest Islington Assembly Hall the live venue.
The atmosphere in the church hall-esque room is fierce as tonight feels like a proper fan treat. Fall Out Boy could have had their pick of London arenas but instead plumped for a pint-sized arena, and it’s clear to see that everyone in the room feels lucky to be there. Kicking off in aggressive style, The Phoenix is the opening song of choice and as Patrick Stump and co work through the gears, the audience rise up to physically shake the hall. A short announcement is made by Pete Wentz inbetween songs that, sadly, earlier in the week guitarist Josh Newton’s mother passed away and therefore he was replaced by the guitar techie: Josh Newton.
Despite the band’s sombre mood, they still put all their passion and effort into producing a high-energy show. They rip through classics like Sugar We’re Going Down, Dance Dance and Grand Theft Autumn like the seasoned pros they are, whipping up an emo frenzy. Stump may not be a fresh faced 20-something anymore but his voice still impresses in the live space, bellowing out above the crashing of drums and frenzied guitars around him, while Wentz still has the energy of a drunk teenager, ready to dance at any point.
Fall Out Boy’s progression into becoming a diso/rock band is one that has clearly suited them in the live arena. They’re more than capable of pulling off an aggressive and tight rock show, while still whipping out emo pop classics. As the band embrace their new sound and are clearly comfortable in their own skin, they highlight the importance of their musical history by playing hit Saturday last, capping off an impressive night.
Photo: Justine Trickett
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