By Bonnie Zeng, Staff Writer

Social networks recently exploded when Fall Out Boy unexpectedly announced plans for a new studio album, Save Rock N’ Roll, and released a new single, “My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark (Light Em Up).”

“I almost just about dropped dead when they announced it,” said Stacey Su, College of General Studies freshman. “I didn’t think it was going to happen at all.”

After three years of being on hiatus and releasing their last album, Folie a Deux, in 2008, the band announced their first show to start off their world tour. The show, which they played in their hometown of Chicago, sold out in minutes.

“This isn’t a reunion because we never broke up,” is stated on the band’s official website.

Like most bands that come back after hiatus, it seems like Fall Out Boy intends to try something new, rather than go back to the familiar pop-punk style that their fans are nostalgically hoping for.

“It’s an extremely different sound and a bad reaction was to be expected,” said Emily Kraklow, College of Communication freshman. “I think fans need to realize that they’re not the same people they were three year ago.”

With their new R&B-influenced single, it seems evident that they want to move forward with their music, though the extent of which they have changed their sound differs among fans.

“I’m really glad their new stuff is a little different, but not too different,” said Su. “It still has this hardcore and edgy sound while being really expressive.”

Save Rock N’ Roll will be available worldwide May 6 and 7. Dates for the “Save Rock and Roll” tour are listed on the band’s official website. “My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark (Light Em Up),” is available on iTunes.

Check out the new single here: