With the future of Fall Out Boy uncertain, Patrick Stump headed to this year’s SXSW Festival in support of his new musical endeavors, namely his upcoming solo album. Though reluctant to call it a “solo project,” Stump’s debut disc, due out this summer, is a solo project in every possible way: Stump is writing all the songs and performing all the instruments single-handedly. Talking to MTV, Stump admitted that the album’s direction had changed since the revelation that Fall Out Boy might be on the verge of breaking up.
“A lot of people pointed to the ‘funkiness,’ and that’s definitely something that is a part of my writing — but there’s been a lot of really trying things that have happened in my personal life,” Stump told MTV. “And I’ve ended up having a lot of writing to do, that took on a more … cathartic thing. I could’ve told you a month ago that it was going to be more of a funk record, but now I don’t really know.”
Stump’s love of funk is no secret: When he visited the Rolling Stone offices in 2009 for an intimate acoustic performance, he was quick to bust out a rendition of Prince’s “I Wanna Be Your Lover.” Prince’s Musicology was also listed among Stump’s favorites albums of the 2000s in our Rolling Stone poll. However, as Stump tells MTV, new songs like “Spotlight” and “The Bad Side Of 25” deviate from Stump’s original plan by instead dealing with the deaths of his uncle and his collaborator T-Bone Wolk.
For now, Stump is keeping things simple. “I want to get a band together, and I want to practice, I really want to go out and play shows. And I’m hoping that people like the record enough so I can go do some small theaters and stuff.”