Fall Out Boy's Patrick Stump rides solo
BY GARY GRAFF August 5, 2011 3:54PM
Patrick Stump will front his own band at Lollapalooza. | Jerry Daliege for Sun-Times Media
† 5 p.m. Saturday
† Grant Park, Michigan and Congress
† Sold out
Updated: November 16, 2011 1:22AM
Although he expects Fall Out Boy to come together again in the future, the band’s lead singer, Patrick Stump, says his solo career will be a going and primary concern.
“I do have a lot of records I want to put out,” says Stump, who performs with his solo band Saturday at Lollapalooza. “I’m always going to be doing it. I’ve been doing it parallel to Fall Out Boy the whole time, writing and recording my own songs, by myself.”
On the solo EP “Truant Wave,” which came out in February, and his upcoming album, “Soul Punk,” Stump is showing off an R&B-flavored style acknowledging the influence of artists such as Prince and Michael Jackson, among others. It’s music Stump didn’t record with Fall Out Boy because, he explains, “I didn’t want to do that to the band. I didn’t want to put too much of the wrong stamp on it, to put too much of my own thing in there when it wasn’t necessarily what the band wanted. This is a lot more of a distillation of my influences, and [the band] is supposed to be a combination of all of our influences.”
But with Fall Out Boy on hiatus while its members pursue other projects — bassist Pete Wentz in Black Cards, guitarist Joe Trohman and drummer Andy Hurley in the Damned Things — Stump had an opening to risk a path that might alienate some fans.
“It’s pretty split,” acknowledges Stump, who grew up listening to the jazz fusion and R&B albums in his father’s collection. “Some people like it, some think that, yeah, it’s just a Prince or Michael Jackson knockoff. I anticipated that, and I’m very comfortable with it. But at the same time I thought it would be a pretty gross omission to not ever let anyone know this is something that I do.”