Fall Out Boy dropped a new song Thursday, titled “Young and Menace,” along with an accompanying music video featuring a young child escaping from two anthropomorphic, furry, NeverEnding Story-style creatures. The band also announced their next album will be titled M A N I A and drops in September.
Bassist and lyricist Pete Wentz talked about the inspiration for the track — which references Britney Spears’ “Oops!…I Did It Again” in the EDM-style chorus — in a statement where he said the lyric “trying to send the world a message, I was young and a menace reminded [him] of growing up in the suburbs of Chicago.”
“I didn’t look like anyone there or feel like anyone — I felt like an outsider in my own town,” he continued. “It wasn’t until I discovered punk rock and that community that I realized I did fit in somewhere in this world — with the other people who didn’t fit in. It’s hard to rationalize rage — it’s hard to quantify anxiety… this song does neither, it embraces the wave…”
M A N I A is the follow-up to 2015’s American Beauty/American Psycho, which featured singles “Centuries” and “Uma Thurman,” and the Chicago-bred band’s seventh studio album. It arrives Sept. 15 and will be followed by a tour that kicks off Oct. 20 in Cleveland, Ohio.
Check out the new video above and other details — including the album cover and tour dates — via the Fall Out Boy Twitter below.