I know they usually do not lead an album with their first single, but I feel like this would be an appropriate opener. I can see it followed with a song that "drives" a little more in terms of guitar work. That would work for me.
People tend to forget that the context of listening to an album heightens your memory of that album. People are hoping that if Fall Out Boy released music in the vein of FUCT or even IOH that it would make them feel the way those old albums felt. Truth is, that is not the way it works. If they released something like that, you would just be disappointed and complain as you wouldn't feel the new record like you felt the first time you heard the old ones. You can't re-create that feeling, it has to happen organically.
Thats what I was thinking too. Not liek a concept album, but like the world is trying to make them more pop and strip away the rock. They release this song first so all people, including pop listeners, know they are back and become relevant...
Then release a primarily rock album, hoping the pop listeners try it and like it because they liked hte first single, and people like rock music again.
Probably not the case, but we can dream right?
Butch Walker can take things either way - I like your thought though. Either way, the album is going to be catchy and, once people get over their self-imposed expectations, well received.
You can believe that if you want. I trust the band, they haven't lied to me yet. I don't know what he was told ... but it could very well be he interpreted something incorrectly? Dunno. Depends at what point you consider them writing officially or just tossing ideas around together too ... I heard they were with Butch in the studio about 2ish months ago.
I would gather the idea festered for a bit with trying to get everyone's schedules aligned to get this baby rolling. Of course one could argue that no one was doing anything that they couldn't drop on a dime! But, you have been right about this whole situation so no use in trying to argue against that.