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Fall Out Boy Get Kidnapped, Tortured by Balaclava-Wearing Women in ‘The Phoenix’ Video

Fall Out Boy, "The Phoenix," video

No wonder Fall Out Boy are hinting that Courtney Love will appear on their new album. The videos so far from the reunited emo-pop crew’s May 7 Save Rock and Roll suggest a battle of the sexes, territory the Hole singer has explored confidently since 1991’s Pretty on the Inside. The first video from the album, for operatic hand-clapper “My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark (Light Em Up),” ends with the band members tied up in the back of a van, after 2 Chainz helps a group of women start a bonfire of FOB memorabilia.

Now the follow-up clip, for cinematic, strings-adorned pulse-raiser “The Phoenix,” acts like a prequel of sorts. Helped by a sweet neighborhood kid on a bicycle, women in balaclavas proceed to kidnap and torture our heroes. “I’m gonna change you like a remix,” Patrick Stump sings, between martial lyrical imagery that somewhat parallels the fight-not-flight theme of fellow returning emo band Paramore’s recent fist-pumper “Now.” Also, Stump sings about releasing “the doves,” but in the video, Pete Wentz totally gets to try falconry.

Save Rock and Roll is available for pre-order. Previously, we analyzed the album’s striking cover art, Stump wrote an essay against hating Nickelback, and Wentz got mistaken for the author of 50 Shades of Grey. Also check out our gallery and report from Fall Out Boy’s February reunion show in Chicago and a look at five tracks that predicted “My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark.” In other balaclava-related news, Pussy Riot were on 60 Minutes.