Patrick Stump, A Soul Punk On the Road – Interview
By Libbi Rich

Patrick Stump, A Soul Punk On the Road - Interview 2011 - DOOM! MagazineWhen I say “Patrick Stump,” most of the people I know (granted, they’re not 15 year old girls) reply “Oh! That chubby guy who used to be the singer for Fall Out Boy.”  Well, I guess that goes to show that most of the people I know are hopelessly out of touch with the current reality.  These days, Patrick is a lean, mean soul machine.  And, although he is still the lead singer for the (on break, not broken up) Fall Out Boy, he has been making his way around the country, showcasing songs from his solo debut EP, Truant Wave, and his upcoming full album release, Soul Punk.  Touring with a crack team of musicians, Patrick’s amazing vocals rock the dance-your-ass-off soul/synth/r&b/urban-pop-punk (or something like it) brew.  The fact that he throws in Tom Waits and Prince covers sure doesn’t hurt, either.  After a short break from his own rounds, Patrick has just started touring with Panic! At the Disco and Foxy Shazam.  We caught up with Patrick after his August 30th show at Scottsdale, Arizona’s Martini Ranch.

DOOM: We are here with Patrick Stump, on the last leg of his tour to promote his solo album, Soul Punk which will be released on October 18th. He’s already released an EP, Truant Wave  and a few songs and videos from the album, and it’s very different than what some Fall Out Boy fans might expect, and in a very good way. It’s kind of a fusion of R&B and electronic… what would you call it?

Patrick Stump: I call the record Soul Punk—In methodology, I took a lot from punk rock and R&B.  But when I actually look at the sound– for me, Patrick Stump, A Soul Punk On the Road - Interview 2011 - DOOM! Magazinewhen I look at punk rock, the most punk rock thing I thought you could do was be honest and just do your thing. And experiment, push the envelope, but do your thing. And so without trying, I wasn’t trying to do anything, I think, okay, this record definitely calls to Prince, there is a decent amount of Michael Jackson, because I love the 80’s, and at the end of the day, they were the two biggest pop artists then.   But they were really R&B, soul artists. Prince is a straight funk artist, and he’s calling on Sly Stone and James Brown. So those two– and I hear a decent amount of Bowie in there, I definitely love David Bowie —

DOOM:  Is that where you think the synthpop sound in the songs comes from?

Patrick Stump:I think it’s a combination of his stuff after the Berlin records and a lot of Prince in general– I love 80’s synths.

DOOM:  And I know you’re a Patrick Stump, A Soul Punk On the Road - Interview 2011 - DOOM! Magazinehuge Prince fan, so I have to ask: would you ever consider doing a set of Prince covers with AFI bassist Hunter Burgan?  He’s a huge Prince fan, too.

Patrick Stump: Yeah! Hunter and I were talking about playing together or something. Hunter is great.

DOOM:  You’re both multi-talented; play different instruments …

Patrick Stump:  He’s definitely very simpatico. He and I are definitely on similar wavelengths.

DOOM:  You came up in Chicago– which was my home away from home when my parents lived there.   I used to spend a lot time in the blues bars. Do you feel like some of that got into your blood?

Patrick Stump:  Of course. Blues is weird because, in Chicago, it’s a bigger thing in the suburbs than it is in the city– and there is this big tourist culture of “blues, blues, blues, blues,” and it’s just kind of crammed down your throat. So growing up, I was really (Patrick shakes his head derisively) — and my dad was really into the blues and whatever– so I had this, “oh, dad music” or whatever reaction to it when I was younger. It wasn’t until high school that I really started digging into those records and giving them the proper ear and realizing how much of what I did already was taken from that stuff.

DOOM:  Not to bring up the past too much– but a lot of your vocals on the old recordings– I always go back to “This Ain’t A Scene, It’s An Arms Race” and bidness (“Don’t really care which side wins, long as the room keeps singing, that’s just the bidness I’m in”).  I don’t think that Pete wrote “bidness.”

Patrick Stump:  *chuckle*

DOOM:  And every time I hear that, I go, “I love you Patrick Stump.” Because I’ve thought, all along, this guy should be singing R&B.

Patrick Stump:  I’ve really wanted to do that, too.

DOOM:  The last question I want to ask– before our intern, Jimmy Rox, gets to ask the BIG question—is this: What was the first album you ever bought for yourself?

Patrick Stump:  It’s a silly one. I don’t remember which was which– there are two– so I’ll give you both. One was my first Christmas present and one I bought with my own money. So I really wanted this Genesis record…

DOOM:  Peter Gabriel Genesis?

Patrick Stump:  No. Here’s the thing– I was eight. I wasn’t that cool yet. So I was just a little kid and I really dug “The Way That I Walk.” It’s the cheesiest song– and I really dug that song, I wanted that song. And the thing is, they had a two-disc live record out– called, “The Way That We Walk.” And either my dad or myself– I don’t remember if it was a Christmas present or one I bought myself– whoever it was bought Disc Two. And they play it on Disc One— I got Disc Two.  *laugh*  It was all Lamb Lies Down On Broadway, it was all the classics. And I dug it, but I didn’t dig it. I was way too young. At the time, I wasn’t really into deep art music, I was more into jazz. Dad played a lot of Herbie Hancock and stuff– a lot of the 70s fusion stuff. I definitely hear that in my music. And then the other one was Alanis Morissette, Jagged Little Pill. It’s just a really well-done pop record, and I really love it.

DOOM (Intern Jimmy Rox): Patrick Stump, if you woke up tomorrow morning and it was the Zombie Apocalypse, what would you do?

Patrick Stump, A Soul Punk On the Road - Interview 2011 - DOOM! Magazine

Patrick Stump:  I’ve led a pretty good, pretty honest life. I really haven’t done a lot of the crazy stuff. So I would go out in a blaze of glory. Just all– sex, drugs, and rock n’ roll. If I knew it was over, I was just gonna die, and there were really no consequences– and here’s the thing, I wouldn’t want to do anything bad, I’d want to spend time with the people I like and have fun and whatever– but I think that’s probably the way to go out. If you had any friends with you, I don’t know– again, I haven’t really done that many drugs, I’d try that– I’d eat a really awesome meal– I’d try to pick up any chicks that weren’t zombies yet– again, if there’s no ramifications. And if I was married and I had kids, I would probably want to spend time with my wife and kids. But where I am now, if it happened right here … where’s the drugs? And I don’t even know drugs, I don’t know where to start with that– I would feel like that one episode of Degrassi where this kid gets caught selling “drugs” and they don’t even go into what drugs he was doing. And that’s how naive I am about illicit substances– but I would be like, “pardon me, do you have any drugs?”

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Libbi Rich (40 Posts)

Middle-aged punk princess; pop culture hound; geekgirl; liberal activist and general shit-stirrer; reader of nanopunk/cyberpunk/comics/ anything-I-can-get-my-hands-on; wife and mom.