Meet The New Patrick Stump: Not As Different From The Old One As You Might Think
What does the touring band look like?
For this tour, it's the same band I've been touring with minus my friend Casey Benjamin who's on tour with Mos Def. But aside from him, it will be Skoota Warber, whose a great drummer - played with a lot of people. He just got off a Cyndi Lauper tour. Matt Rubano on bass, who obviously was in Taking Back Sunday. But he's just a killer session player. My friend Michael Day - he plays a lot of jazz; he's amazing. And then filling in for Casey is Max Drummey from Chester French.
This is the first time you will have gone on a full-blown nation-wide tour with this music, right?
Yes, it is. We did a run of shows but it was almost residencies. It wasn't hopping on our van or bus or something and going cross country. It was very much one-off dates.
Does this sort of feel like you'll be introducing this music, this version of Patrick Stump, to a lot of people on this tour?
Absolutely. And I might scare a lot of people off. But I think it's an essential part of the whole thing. To hear the record, it sounds really pop. And I don't have any qualms with that. I don't think pop, by nature, is a bad thing. But I think when you see the show, it really explains a lot more of it. It kind of expresses how much of it is actually music, is actually playing instruments. It's not just a computer program that plays all these things. I put a lot of time in the studio to make it sound good. And also, I have this band. I'm really lucky to have them; they're way better players than I am. I'm really lucky.
I'm definitely inspired by Michael Jackson, but I don't have any misapprehension that that's who I am. I know exactly who I am, and I'm just a musician. I'm one of those jack of all trades, master of none kind of guys. So I have this band that can accommodate that really well. It's in my name, but it doesn't really feel like it's just my show.
It does seem like you're occupying a sort of strange, jack of all trades, middle ground between genres...
It's interesting - I've done a lot of interviews in the past couple weeks and you're the only person that's acknowledged that it sounds anything like my old music. And I'm very grateful for that because I didn't think it was totally alien.
But it's surprising how much of people's perception is context. So it's pretty fascinating. The extremes have been so strange to me. People will say, "Oh, it sounds exactly like Prince or Michael Jackson." Which.. I think they sound different enough that if I sound exactly like both of them that's gotta be something different. But then I've heard really random comparisons, to bands I'd never even listened to. Someone was like - and I've listened to Duran Duran, but I don't think it informed this music - "Oh, it's very Duran Duran."
In the shows that have you played, are you getting a certain type of person in the crowd, or has it been a mix?
There are obviously people who like what I was doing in Fall Out Boy, and those people really haven't left. I'm very grateful to have them. Then there's also a surprising number of people who come to the show out of curiosity. And they'll pull me aside and go, "You know, I was kind of curious... I wasn't so sure about your Fall Out Boy stuff. But I really liked what you did." I get a lot of very... not backhanded compliments, but very open and honest ones. I've had a surprising number of bouncers and sound guys come up to me and be like, "You know, I hated your band, but you sounded really good."