With the music industry currently obsessed with the idea of finding new ways of sneaking up on people with surprise full-length albums by platinum-selling artists, Fall Out Boy’s method of promoting its upcoming album American Beauty/American Psycho—by releasing a generous handful of singles before an album release date set several months in advance—seems almost bracingly old school.
It seems to be working, though. “Centuries,” which the band released back in September well before it had even announced their plans for the follow-up to its successful 2013 comeback effort Save Rock and Roll, is currently sitting at a respectable No. 14 on the Billboard Hot 100.
The new track “Irresistible,” released today through the official Fall Out Boy Tumblr, replicates some of the epic sweep and motivational energy of “Centuries” with a horn section that echoes Kanye’s “All of the Lights” and hooks engineered for arena-sized crowds. Lyricist Pete Wentz writes on the band’s site that the song, “brings this image to my head, whether it’s fictional or real, of Sid and Nancy in an alley, garbage raining down on them in an eternal spiral of romance and poison,” an apparent reference to Alex Cox’s 1986 cult biopic of punk icons Sid Vicious and Nancy Spungen.
American Beauty/American Psycho is now available for pre-order through iTunes and Amazon, with instant downloads of “Irresistible,” “Centuries,” “The Kids Aren’t Alright,” and its Mötley Crüe-sampling title track.