I took too many hits off Fall Out Boy’s ‘HOLD ME TIGHT OR DON’T’ and now I just can’t come down.
Reach my high by watching the music video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jG1JY0rt2Os
In typical Fall Out Boy fashion, the band have been constantly teasing fans with cryptic tweets and website updates. All leading up to the release of their finally finished seventh studio album MANIA on January 19th next year. After already bestowing three singles from the upcoming album upon fans, the band are declaring they aren’t done yet with the release of ‘HOLD ME TIGHT OR DON’T’ on November 14th. Much like the releases of ‘Young and Menace’, ‘Champion’ and ‘The Last of the Real Ones’, ‘HOLD ME TIGHT OR DON’T’ has had multiple teasers. A few of these teasers appearing in the credits of ‘The Last of the Real Ones’ music video in the form of sneak-peak lyrics. Including both ‘when your stitch comes loose’ as the stunt choreographer and ‘I’m pretty sure this isn’t how the story ends’ as the last words before the video comes to a close.
Missed it? Check out ‘The Last of the Real Ones’ music video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7YAAyUFL1GQ
Alongside this, pages of themaniacorp.com showed images of the Mexican Day of the Dead festival – El Dia de los Muertos – with the words ‘I love you to death’. All lyrics fans can now recognise as belonging to ‘HOLD ME TIGHT OR DON’T’.
Each new song has added another layer to MANIA with ‘HOLD ME TIGHT OR DON’T’ being an overwhelming celebration of culture and music. The sound of the song alone will infuse your body with an uncontrollable rhythm and have you swaying, jumping and singing at the top of your lungs. The captivating lyrics reflect the beauty of the music video that is a swirling plethora of visual iconography of El Dia de los Muertos mixed with characters and colours that have become a signature for the MANIA era of Fall Out Boy. The performance based music video is a beautiful confusion as no narrative seems to be established. Instead acting as a showcase for the festival and including a Baron Samedi character that will no doubt be recreated during either live shows or Halloweens to come.
‘HOLD ME TIGHT OR DON’T’ is just another example of the band’s capacity to produce intricate yet catchy lyrics as well as Patrick’s insane vocal range. I can only image how incredible the song will be when performed live and the uplifting, surreal atmosphere it will create. Hopefully, I won’t have to image too long as Fall Out Boy released one more surprise alongside the single and announcing the completion of MANIA…UK Tour Dates! Tickets go on sale soon so make sure not to miss out!
Tour Dates: https://falloutboy.com/tour/
Review by Skye W. Winwood