Fall Out Boy bassist Pete Wentz has issued a statement about why he's pursuing a more pop direction for his new band Black Cards.
"When [Fall Out Boy] went on hiatus, I wasn't really sure what to do with myself," writes Wentzy. "I know I wanted to keep travelling the world with my family. We had been to Jamaica recently. I spent a lot of time hanging around the beaches and I started to get inspired again by songs like Two Sevens Clash and Warriors. I'd never heard any of these songs but could imagine them having an everlasting imprint, like people would dance to this stuff forever. I could feel these songs really meant something. Not just in Jamaica, but globally, crossing through culture and language. I started collaborating via email with my friend Sam, who I knew from working on As Cruel As School Children. He had been listening to a lot of old British stuff and we mashed that with the island vibe in the studio. I wanted to try a female vocalist 'cos I couldn't imagine trying to replace Patrick [Stump]. Combine all this with my nonsense and ideas. Stuff I could never write or never had a perspective to write from in FOB.
"Check out some of what we've been working on at www.blackcardsmusic.com. I know this won't be for everyone but honestly it's a chance for me to try something different. I remain Fall Out Boy's #1 fan."