You Me At Six - 'Underdog'
Sad news: apparently Fall Out Boy have actually fallen out, so badly that they're no longer sure if they want to get back together again. While Patrick Stump puts together his solo album, Pete Wentz doesn't think he wants his old job back, and in the meantime, Mark Hoppus from Blink 182 has been accepted as the band's new bass player.
Except he quit, just as suddenly as he arrived. And John Mayer, the US-only rock star who only hits the headlines over here when he's going out with someone like Jennifer Aniston, now claims that HE is the new bass player in Fall Out Boy.
That's what the internet at large - and Twitter in particular - has told us this week. And you know what? It's all lies.*
(Here's the video. It's got an evil ballerina in it.)
I mention this partly because it's always funny watching celebs lark about trying to make each other laugh on Twitter, but mostly because there's a definite FOB feel to the YouMe's latest. Specifically the 'Thnks Fr Th Mmrs' thing going on with the chorus, and of course Josh's Stumpish warble-roar.
It's a shame they haven't quite managed to assert their own personality on their music though. It's not so much that they sound a lot like A band in particular, it's more that they don't really sound enough like themselves to stand out from lots of bands.
They've got the songwriting skills, they've got the playing skills, they've got the looks and the fans, but let's face it, they're not exactly Jedward when it comes to sticking in the mind, are they?
Or to put it another way, if Josh suddenly announced he was leaving, just as a joke on the internet, and would be replaced by someone out of Madina Lake, would it even be a gag worth retelling? Exactly.
* Except the bit about Patrick Stump's solo album. And I'm not really sure what the deal is with Fall Out Boy.