Fall Out Boy have finally shared the fruits of their love affair with Ryan Adams. Back in July, bassist Pete Wentz confirmed that the emo-pop all-stars had recorded some new material with the former Whiskeytown singer at his Pax-Am Studio in Los Angeles. Now, KROQ is streaming the aptly named Pax Am Days, an eight-track EP produced by Adams that acts as a scuzzy love letter to the ’80s and ’90s punk that FOB grew up worshipping.
Speaking to KROQ, Wentz name-drops a slew of influences, including the Descendants, Gorilla Biscuits, Earth Crisis, and Damnation A.D. “That’s the music that got us into playing as Fall Out Boy and we wanted to pay homage to that,” he said. “We can be a gateway. We can say like, ‘Hey, check out what these other bands we grew up with do.’ I think that’s an important thing to do as an artist. But most importantly, it was just kind of [an] exercise in fun. It was like, ‘Let’s just make noise and if it gets recorded, cool; if it never comes out, cool.'”
When asked what it was like with Adams manning the boards, Went said, “It was wild… Ryan’s brain works in such a divergent way. One minute he’s telling a joke about kale salad and the next minute we’re talking about old punk rock. I think that in some way it’s childlike wonder, and in some ways it’s so genius and different. He’s such an outside-of-the-box thinker — it was really good for our band.”
Listen to the entire Pax Am Days EP at KROQ, and pre-order the digital version through iTunes. The breakneck collection will also be available as part of a two-disc reissue of Fall Out Boy’s Save Rock and Roll album, out October 15 via Island Records. A vinyl edition of the EP will follow on November 29, in conjunction with Record Store Day’s annual Back to Black Friday event.