Earlier this summer, Fall Out Boy spent some time with Ryan Adams at his Pax-Am studio, where they jammed on some raucous, improvisational Punk Rock. Now, the band has decided to release that material as Pax-Am Days, an eight-song album, on October 15. The album will be offered as a digital standalone, and also as part of a double-disc reissue of the group's latest album, Save Rock and Roll.
"We really got along great with Ryan; we both have mutual admiration for Youth crew bands and the punk rock we grew up with," FOB's Pete Wentz told MTV News. "Ryan is a blast. Sometimes we would be working out a part and yell down to him that we were ready to record and he'd be like 'No, worries, I recorded the rehearsal and there's no way you're gonna recapture that magic.' He's pure energy and art and punk and [this record] is about as close to our band ever gets to recorded improvisation."
To represent the raw energy of the new album, Fall Out Boy decided to adorn the cover with a photo of tennis legend John McEnroe while he was in the middle of a racket-smashing meltdown. It may seem an odd choice, but it turns out that McEnroe and FOB guitarist Joe Trohman are pals.
"I love tennis. I love the culture of it. I love the rivalries... how it's sometimes just you vs. yourself, which is such a good metaphor for life," Wentz added. "There's a line on the record, 'Johnny Mac punk/I've got enough fire for everyone.' And I remember when John went over to Wimbledon and got called 'Yankee punk,' I think there was a fistfight that happened in the press room over an answer to a question he was asked. There's something about that kind of passion and that kind of rage that we really drew on; this EP is very 'Super Brat.' It's sometimes how we feel in the world of pop music. Like, we have this rage and passion and we don't look exactly right, but here we are to make some noise."