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Fall Out Boy Team Up With Ryan Adams: Inside Their Surprise Recording Sessions

'It's impossible to deny the spirit of what was happening there,' says Pete Wentz

Fall Out Boy with Mike Viola and Ryan Adams in Adams' PAX AM Studios in Los Angeles.
Pamela Littky
July 16, 2013 1:45 PM ET

Last week, fans of both Fall Out Boy and Ryan Adams got a surprise when Pete Wentz posted an image of the acts in the studio together on Instagram. Now, Pete Wentz reveals to Rolling Stone they recorded "eight or nine" songs over two marathon nights, with Adams directing the sessions. "It was punk rock – the stuff that makes you want to kick the shit out of your bedroom at your parents' house," says Wentz. "It's impossible to deny the spirit of what was happening there." The session came together through Butch Walker, their mutual friend and collaborator. Wentz says he was thrilled with working with Adams: "I used to like listen to his stuff growing up!"

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After dinner at L.A.'s M Café, they headed to Adams' nearby Pax-Am studio, which is decorated with vintage GI Joe figurines, comic books and a stuffed wild cat. "It was wild," says Wentz. "It was like hanging out with your older brother that got you into punk rock. Except he gets all the jokes and he's not like, 'Here's these shitty kids' or whatever. So that was cool." Soon, they were cutting tracks.

"It was set up like how we used to practice in Joe's parents' attic – in the corner of the room. We played loud and Patrick was singing live vocals, so it was very raw," says Wentz. They recorded over two nights, with the sessions stretching until 2 a.m. Wentz singles out one idea, "Keeping Up Disappearances," as a favorite.

"I don't know if it's a thought or a title or what," he says. "It was cool because it took you back to when we started the band. There were ideas, yelling, laughing and a lot of jokes, just for the heck of it. It was really good for the spirit of Fall Out Boy. We just haven't ever done that."

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Though the sessions were informal, Wentz holds hope fans will be able to hear them. "I would hope that somewhere in some universe you could put out a seven-inch and kids still care. I think that there's a formula for something like that to happen with Fall Out Boy. I think there's a side of our band in our fans that would appreciate some of the noise that Ryan comes up with, and it would be great for the fans to be able to hear that – hear sort of the raw energy that happens from sessions like that."

Later this month, FOB head overseas for summer shows. In September, they'll hit U.S. arenas with old pals Panic! At the Disco. "I think we thrive in bigger rooms – like arenas where there's fire being shot out," says Wentz. "All those kind of fun things can make the album have another dimension, especially with Save Rock And Roll, which was definitely another album that can be anthemic and played on a large level."

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