Fall Out Boy
PAX AM Days


3.0
good

Review

by nakedmolerat USER (10 Reviews)
October 15th, 2013 | 27 replies


Release Date: 10/15/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: This one was probably really fun to make.

Snotty wit, sarcasm, bucket-fulls of vim and vigor. Fall Out Boy are our generation's teenage band of brothers - go-kart races with paintball guns, spontaneous bungee jumping, meaningless road-trips. They're who you go to when you wanna do something stupid, just cuz. And while like any other such group they have, in recent years, had to get their shit together and make mature-grown up stuff, they're still those noisy kids at heart. They may have lofty ideas and galaxy-sized dreams now, but are probably still most comfortable letting the decibels speak for themselves.*

PAX AM Days is rude, boisterous and impatient, essentially 13 minutes of pop-punk mostly without the pop, a motley crew of short songs locked and loaded for quick direct action. The EP is basically ruled by the rhythm outfield of Joe-and-Andy. Having proved that the backbone of rock in FOB's early works was entirely their doing, by managing to export it wholesale into The Damned Things, PAX AM Days sees the duo let loose tracks like Love, Sex, Death, with molten guitar work and machine-gun beats, and Art of Keeping Up Disappearances, which sounds like they took the boring normal parts of a song out and just kept the breakdown. Trohman and Hurley hustle up a sound as fierce as it is instinctive, and added to this fray is Stump like you've never seen him. Patrick has a distinctive yet versatile voice, but has always been a singer's singer at heart, which makes it an interesting experience to hear him trade his melodic pipes for warcries in the glam-rock/punk outing Hot to the Touch, Cold on the Inside, or shake, rattle and roll his way through the feral chaos of Eternal Summer.

Despite criticism the band has taken from over-refining and -polishing their sound, PAX AM Days does, unfortunately but inevitably, suffer the consequences of enthusiasm without afterthought. A joyous noise though this EP may be, it would most definitely have benefited from slightly better production, which would've highlighted the nuances of Patrick's more eccentric daring moments and Joe-and-Andy's more technical episodes. For the lack of production, Pete Wentz is practically inaudiable, and in more ways than just his very average bass playing – having pushed off the need to be intentionally straightforward as in Save Rock and Roll, FOB are back to their usual tongue-in-cheek goodness, but you can hardly make out whatever lyrics the Wentz mind has churned out. Tracks like We Were Doomed from the Start are simply sonic manifestations of one-liners, nothing more – and this wouldn't be such a shame if we didn't already know what FOB are capable of. The partial exception to this, closing track Caffiene Cold, is fascinating in that it manages to combine the general fuzz and bluster of this EP with a decent chorus hook and semblances of a pop vibe and structure, resulting in something pleasantly reminiscent of outtakes from Take This to Your Grave.

If you took a physical manifestation of FOB's sound, stuck a rather large syringe into it and proceeded to suck out the theatrics of Save Rock and Roll, the diverse ingenuity of Folie a Deux, and some of Stump's highly eccentric solo project, leaving all spunk intact, this EP would be the rumpled, flaming mess you'd find festering at the bottom of your petri-dish. For all they have changed in the past decade, their undying urge to raise a racket has been the root of all consistently throughout their vast discography. It's interesting that Fall Out Boy decided to follow up the most carefully crafted record of their career with this, for when you put aside all their styles, reinventions and ambitions, PAX AM Days is very much the other half of the equation. God forbid they ever put out a whole album that sounds like this, but loud stupid noise once in awhile is a wonderful thing.



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Feather
October 15th 2013


1373 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

decent review. I didn't know this was already out.

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ReAnimator
October 15th 2013


321 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Great review, I love the concluding metaphor. Gonna give this a listen.

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nakedmolerat
October 15th 2013


21 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Thanks. Certainly is an interesting listen.

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
October 15th 2013


19933 Comments


RIP.

Their last album is prolly better than this

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Green Baron
October 15th 2013


20012 Comments


hardcore punk from FOB? seems like an ok idea but knowing them it'll probly suck

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Realm
October 15th 2013


2074 Comments


could have been aight. sucks tho

spartanawasp
October 15th 2013


303 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I liked it. Pos'd.

Mutantsnowstorm
October 15th 2013


144 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

That was some great writing there, they did seem like they enjoyed themselves with this record. I agree with what you said. pos'd.

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
October 15th 2013


19933 Comments


ya it sounds like ass

Green Baron
October 15th 2013


20012 Comments


that aint surprising

Realm
October 15th 2013


2074 Comments


this just isn't good.

Feather
October 15th 2013


1373 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

its really not that bad, take it for what it is. Its fun.

Mutantsnowstorm
October 15th 2013


144 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

^amen. this sounds like something they wanted to do and had fun doing, which makes it a little easier on my ears for some reason

nakedmolerat
October 15th 2013


21 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Yea I think it's just nice to hear them do rock again, in whatever form.

cortezology
October 16th 2013


1 Comments


I've always been a fan of Fall Out Boy. They seem like they know exactly what they're doing and aim to accomplish with every record whether or not people like it. This is an EP of the type of music that was never meant to be the greatest thing your ears had ever heard, although it is to some people, but this is the type of music that you can drive fast to, party to, air drum to, etc. Decent review -- I think for a record like this it's best to simply accept that they are doing something totally different because they want to. Best track is "Caffeine Cold" in my opinion.

Hopelust
October 16th 2013


1083 Comments


The fact that they're doing something totally different than their usual course might be the only reason why I give this a shot.

Archael
October 16th 2013


26 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

shit

Hep Kat
October 16th 2013


15351 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

shit shitty record about shit and shit

Realm
October 16th 2013


2074 Comments


ily hep

FiveLeavesLeft
October 16th 2013


9847 Comments


Album blows ass chunks



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