Last night something out of the blue occurred. Fall Out Boy posted a blog post on crowd source site Medium.
This in itself is odd. Rather than follow the traditional route of a press releases and announcements on social media, FOB took the matter into their own hands.
However, this isn't strangest thing about this announcement.
Firstly, let's look at the title of the post.
Fall Out Boy are smack in the middle of leaving the hoth system in empire strikes back…Fall Out Boy
We love Star Wars as much as the next guy, but what are FOB trying to say? Are they stuck on an ice planet after being kidnapped by a big ugly Wampa?
The band then give this a tiny bit of context...kinda.
whenever i think of a journey i think in the terms of the original star wars trilogy- the middle is always the most exciting, the most strange, the least forgiving- the most dark yet the offers the most possibility of hope.Fall Out Boy
Ok, this is kinda profound and also kinda confusing.
Are Fall Out Boy saying that they're in a dark place right now? Are they essentially saying that, like Luke in Empire Strikes Back, they're about to lose their hand to Darth Vader, whom they'll find out is their father? Is Pete about to be cruelly take apart like C-3PO? Is Patrick going to be encased in carbonate (ok, geek moment over).
WHAT COULD THIS ALL MEAN?
They then delivered more Star Wars related references.
if i can process the last year- thats where we are- we are smack in the middle of leaving the hoth system in empire strikes back....Fall Out Boy
Right, if we know our Star Wars, when Luke leaves Hoth and heads to Yoda while Han Solo et al. head to Coruscant where they're ambushed upon by the Empire.
Is this a metaphor? Are Fall Out Boy referring to the glimmers of hope that the unknown has, before the crashing realisation at the end of Empire Strikes Back?
All of this prefaces the announcement that the band have re-recorded “Irresistible” with a guest verse from Demi Lovato (!), which is joined by a picture.
Fall Out Boy
Can we just take a moment to bask in Pete's beauty? Ok - done.
We're not sure what Demi has to do with Star Wars, tbh, but maybe they're hoping that she, like Yoda, might be able to help them defeat the Empire and teach them the way of the force? Or maybe Demi is an Ewok?
Demi is kind having a moment right now with "Cool For The Summer" and "Confident", so maybe the band are hoping that she'll lift them out of something?
Then Fall Out Boy announced their 'Wintour' with the following...
wintour is coming. this will end the story. it will give us all the chance to work through it and become who we are supposed to be.Fall Out Boy
So we're guessing that this tour might spell the end of the American Beauty/American Psycho era. But what about the end? What are they supposed to be? Are we getting a re-invention for the last album? Or, like Luke at the end of Empire Strikes Back, are they determined to head to Tatooine to free their friends Han Solo and Leia from the evil clutches of Jabba the Hut?
Or maybe Fall Out Boy are doing a new song for Star Wars? Only time will tell...