Remember when Taylor Swift released the top selling album of 2014, 1989
, then promptly yanked her entire catalog of music off Spotify
because she felt it was hurtful to music artists? Sure it pissed people off and prompted a firestorm of debate online, but in light of that, more artist have come forward to express their opinion on the music streaming service, including Fall Out Boy.
In the midst of an extensive radio festival tour to promote their new album, including their chart climbing new single, "Centuries," Rolling Stone
caught up with the now 10-year-old band, who there in their two cents on album streaming vs. buying it in a store like the old days.
"I get so tired of people saying, 'Oh, this is hurting the industry' or complaining about whatever the new boogie man is this year," singer Patrick Stump shared. "People always think that whatever the new future is will put them in the poor house. I always hear these arguments and this anger and this vitriol, and I'm like, 'That's just bullshit! You're just pretending that you didn't record the radio when you were a kid.' There were always different avenues of getting music. We still bought records. We still went to shows. People that care still care. I don't think streaming has hurt anything, and I've discovered a lot of great bands that way."
Bassist Pete Wentz feels ignorance is far from bliss, and avoiding the evolution of music sharing will be the ultimate demise of artists who turn their back to services like Spotify. "If you're going to deny those things exist and pretend you live in a vacuum, then you're the guy who's on the other side of the Roman Empire that hasn't heard it's all over yet," he said. "It's just antiquated. If you pull music off streaming, the kids are on YouTube. That's how a lot of people are consuming music. We should be a part of it, though the bigger artists need to speak out to make it equitable for smaller artists. The longer you hold onto the past the further the future moves away from you when you need to jump onto it. You're going from life raft to life raft instead of building a bridge, or even a fucking airplane."
Sounds like the guys have a firm grasp on their direction and desires for their forthcoming album, American Beauty/American Psycho