Fall Out Boy mixes Rock and EDM to show “Young And Menace” in new music video.
Much like the combination of music, this song gives a lot to sift through. Is it about lashing out? Teen angst? Just what can be said about this song? Well, this is what I got from it. At first it sounds like an apology for being wild and carefree at the price of someone’s feelings, but then, there is a madness revealed to us which could also be a result of this carefree nature. Therefore, it could also be perceived as an adult looking back, accepting their past, while seeing the hurt he may have caused. “I was young and a menace”…
“We’ve gone way too fast for way too long/And we were never supposed to make it half this far”
This stands out as it is the first and last things we hear in the song. It seems like there were a lot of mistakes made by someone in their youth. As they got older they saw where these mistakes could have ended in tragedy but did not. Maybe their even astonished by it. Honestly, it makes me think of my own experiences and how narrowly I escaped a bad situation. In this instance, however, our main guy had less luck.
The video is even more of a puzzle and could even change (or add) to the narrative. We see a child sneak away from ‘home’ to find the world she really belongs to. Only to find that, that world is just as cruel as the one she is from. They just look different. Maybe a metaphor for how similar the world is save for language. At the same time, it could also mean she never left home at all in some sense.
Watch the video below and make your guess.
Fall Out Boy is an American rock band formed in Wilmette, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago, in 2001. The band consists of lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist Patrick Stump, bassist Pete Wentz, lead guitarist Joe Trohman, and drummer Andy Hurley. The band originated from Chicago’s hardcore punk scene, with which all members were involved at one point. The group was formed by Wentz and Trohman as a pop punk side project of the members’ respective hardcore bands, and Stump joined shortly thereafter. The group went through a succession of drummers before landing Hurley and recording the group’s debut album, Take This to Your Grave (2003). The album became an underground success and helped the band gain a dedicated fanbase through heavy touring, as well as some moderate commercial success. Take This to Your Grave has commonly been cited as an influential blueprint for pop punk music in the 2000s.