By Jake Offenhartz, Daily Arts Writer
Published October 3, 2013
Later this month, Fall Out Boy will be reissuing their latest album, Save Rock and Roll, and with it an 8-song EP entitled Pax Am Days. The EP’s single “Love, Sex, Death” is a blistering whirlwind of raw energy, an ode to the band’s roots in the Chicago-hardcore scene and the antithesis to everything that Save Rock and Roll intended to be. Produced by acclaimed punk/alt-country veteran Ryan Adams, Pax Am Days strives to show the pop-punk boys at their most unrefined, while — according to their site — “Making noise for no reason (but) ... just the camaraderie of fast, loud songs.”
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On “Love, Sex, Death” this crude ambition is evident. The track — clocking in at 85 seconds — sounds more like Patrick Stump wandered into an underground punk band’s jam session and just started shouting vocals than it does a FOB original. The song’s heavy bass levels, abrasive guitar work, and frenetic drumming are all derivative of hardcore and its many outgrowths, while offering little in the way of innovation. Still, after the overstated and under-executed Save Rock and Roll, Fall Out Boy’s spontaneous venture into more energetic terrain should come as a pleasant surprise.