So far, 2018 has been a great year for Fall Out Boy. They released their 7th full-length album MANIA at the start of this year and have been touring all over the world for it since. Still, they show no sign of slowing down. With their show at Wrigley Field in Chicago on the near horizon – one of, if not THE biggest show of their career – the quartet have released new EP Lake Effect Kid for us to enjoy. The three songs of Lake Effect Kid are a tribute in multiple ways. They honour their career, their fans, but most of all their hometown Chicago.
The first song is ‘Lake Effect Kid’ itself. This song, a fan-favourite demo from the Folie à Deux era, has finally gotten the fully realised studio version fans dreamed of. And it is truly amazing to hear this era again. ‘Lake Effect Kid‘ is a great song that would not have been out of place on the 2008 album itself, and Patrick Stump’s vocals are stunning on this one.
The next song, ‘City In A Garden‘, is a slower song best described as a ‘Save Rock And Roll‘ era-like love song to their hometown. Fall Out Boy themselves have posted in the description of their video for this song: “[t]his is our love letter to Chicago”. The video showcases not only many sights of Chicago, but also some of the highlights of their career. Footage from shows old and new, the love for their city that shines through in this song, and memorable moments, such as the time Pete Wentz put a hole in a hotel wall, are sure to fuel your nostalgia.
The final song, ‘Super Fade‘, sounds like it comes from ‘MANIA‘ itself. It is especially reminiscent of the song ‘Young And Menace’. Like ‘Young and Menace’, this song is a crazy, EDM-like song. Only ‘Super Fade‘ is somewhat too weird for my taste. The vocals in the (pre-)chorus sound slightly forced, and all the effects are a bit too much. Though the song has a tendency to get stuck in my head – so there is a chance it will grow on me somewhat, like ‘Young And Menace’ did before.
Lake Effect Kid is a wonderful tribute to where Fall Out Boy have come from. And with Wrigley Field arriving September 8th, along with an entire ‘MANIA Experience‘ and special pop-up shop to accompany it, think of what places Fall Out Boy might go next. I, for one, can’t wait to find out.