Fall Out Boy front man and solo artist Patrick Stump this week spoke about how disheartened he feels to have endured a “constant stream of insults” about his solo career, and questioned whether to even return to the stage or studio as a solo artist.
As a huge fan of Patrick’s work with Fall Out Boy, and a lover of both Soul Punk and Truant Wave, I felt compelled to assemble some thoughts on the matter, including the impact Patrick has had on the scene and why pop punk needs more artists like him.
Let me preface this by saying I understand that Patrick’s solo work isn’t for everyone. If you don’t like it, that’s obviously fine and isn’t the issue here.
Let me also say that I’m not the sort of fan who would have just supported Patrick even if his solo work had been terrible – because of my loyalty to Fall Out Boy. For example I’m not a fan of Pete’s Black Cards. It’s not that the music is bad, it’s just not to my taste.
Anyway, Patrick did a lot for pop punk and music would be worse off for losing such an artist if he does indeed call it quits.
Jason Tate of Absolutepunk.net made some poignant remarks in a recent feature he wrote on his favourite albums of 2001-2003. Among them was Fall Out Boy’s seminal album Take This To Your Grave, a release which I also believe changed the face of pop punk to some degree.
Giving some context to the album’s impact, Jason said:
“Until this moment, every kid starting a band tried to sing like Jordan Pundik, and then almost overnight it seemed like everyone wanted to sing like Patrick and write like Pete.”
I absolutely agree.