As if we weren’t already anticipating Fall Out Boy’s new album enough (what with the release of the first single and the recent collaboration confirmations), the guys have released another video for their song “The Phoenix” — and this one is not for the faint of heart (or stomach).
There is a lot going on in this plot-driven video, which functions as a prequel to last month’s “My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark (Light ‘Em Up).” The song itself is similarly heavy, with a driving beat and a stripped down pre-chorus featuring Patrick Stump’s vocals, which then explodes into the refrain, and the video (directed by DONALD/ZAEH, as was “My Songs”) is reminiscent of an especially gory episode of Criminal Minds.
Patrick is the first member of the band to be kidnapped and subsequently tortured in a creepy abandoned warehouse by two women (seriously, they cut off his hand and send it to Pete Wentz. Like we said, not for the faint of heart or stomach). Presumably, they’re after whatever shining object is inside the suitcase Patrick handcuffs himself to at the video’s opening.
This kidnapping ring of beautiful ladies proceeds to pick off the band one by one (starting with Patrick, followed by Andy Hurley, Joe Trohman and finally Pete) and thus, we learn how they all ended up in the back of 2 Chainz’s van in “My Songs…” According to a statement on the band’s official website, “this is chapter 2 of 11,” so it sounds like the ever-ambitious and conceptual group plans to make a video for every song on the album. That’s great news, because this one left us with a lot of questions. What was in the suitcase? Who are these women? Is 2 Chainz their ringleader? How did the kid on the bike with the creepy smile get involved in all of this?
Watch the video and let us know if you have any answers for us!