Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Diversion 2.0 Thirty Day Song Challenge -- Day 29: Your Favorite Song By Your Favorite Artist

Fall Out Boy – “Grand Theft Autumn (Where Is Your Boy)”

Like I said in my first post, I’m a man of few favorites, but I feel confident in saying Fall Out Boy is my absolute favorite band. A winning blend of punk rock simplicity, hardcore-influenced intensity, and soaring pop melodies, Fall Out Boy is an absolute beast of a group, and perhaps one of the most influential bands of modern pop-punk and emo. Their style is often imitated, but never duplicated, with acts like The Academy Is, Panic at the Disco, and many others capturing only a portion of their appeal.

If I were to guess why, I’d say that Fall Out Boy’s distinct and exciting sound comes from the band’s individual members. Bassist Pete Wentz’s ironic, clever-for-clever’s-sake lyrical styles have been done by other acts, but married to vocalist Patrick Stump’s straight-ahead delivery, they manage to sound witty without the smirky edge that drag down my enjoyment of other emo groups. Guitarist Joe Troughman adds flair to the usual four-chords-to-freedom pop punk structure, and drummer Andy Hurley gives each song a massive punch of energy through airtight drum lines and spaz-fills.

“Grand Theft Autumn” is from Fall Out Boy’s major label debut, Take This To Your Grave, and was my very first FOB song, which I found on a sampler I got from the 2004 Warped Tour. Other Fall Out Boy songs are more aggressive, have catchier melodies, or have more interesting instrumentation, but “Grand Theft Autumn” has the best combination of everything I like about FOB in one neat little package. Everything about this song is wonderful to me: the earnest, not-super-clever lyrics, the small guitar bits that paint the corners of the song’s sound, and the infinitely singable chorus.As an introduction to the group, it’s phenomenal, and one of my favorite songs to date.

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