2014 has been a busy year for Fall Out Boy. They’ve toured Save Rock and Roll across the UK, blasted the 44-date Monumentour in the states, released the first single, “Centuries,” from their sixth studio album, and dropped another single, “Immortals,” which is to be featured in Disney’s animation Big Hero 6. Oh, and all but one of them have become fathers somewhere in between. When do the guys find time to breathe?
“Immortals,” which is now streaming on Spotify, aroused speculation when a snippet of the track appeared on a teaser for Big Hero 6. The track was released digitally on October 14th.
The most striking thing about “Immortals” is its futuristic, electro back lay. Fall Out Boy have been heading in this direction since their 2013 release, Save Rock and Roll, but such obvious use of an electronic, repeated riff is new territory. Yet Fall Out Boy is a band known for taking risks, and buried underneath Patrick Stump’s powerful vocals and bassist Pete Wentz’s punchy lyrics, it has an exceptional effect. And you’ve got to admit, being featured in an animation about a robot; it fits with the theme.
Fall Out Boy have never picked up commercial work before, and their doing so inevitably lured out accusations of them ‘selling out.’ Wentz, on his blog, was quick to reveal their motives. “We went over to Disney and met with the directors,” he expresses, “they explained the story to us. It was insane how much it lined up with the way our band saw the world.”
Although this single is destined for Disney, “Immortals” is no less of a Fall Out Boy track. The lyrics are just as poetic as anything we’ve seen from the band before, declaring “I’ll be the watcher of your eternal flame, I’ll be the guard dog of all your fever dreams” before belting out the chorus: “we could be immortals!” The instrumentals and vocals are perhaps not as sharp as we’re used to hearing from the band, but this is more of a production flaw than one with the song itself.
“Immortals” is a track the band should be proud of. It may be a more commercial sound, and like their previous release, “Centuries,” marks another step in the pop-rock direction. But the track is lyrically immaculate, and it has more than earned its place in Fall Out Boy’s ever-changing discography.