Fall Out Boy’s new single, “The Last Of The Real Ones,” from their upcoming seventh album, M A N I A, was released to YouTube on Sept. 13. It already has over 2 million views.
M A N I A maintains FOB’s new direction towards pop rock and EDM. The witty lyrics are typical of FOB’s bass guitarist and lyricist Pete Wentz, and the new song is accompanied by a puzzling music video.
Before the music video begins, it warns the audience of its explicit violence: “The following content is graphic in nature. The imagery depicted is an expression of the artist and does not necessarily reflect that of the network. Viewer discretion is advised.”
It goes on to feature the return of FOB’s infamous llamas, which have been appearing recently in their music videos. The llamas kidnap Wentz and lock him in the trunk of their car. In addition to the video's dramatic, purple-themed lighting, it is also filmed in slow motion, suggesting the continuity of the story from its lead single, “Young and Menace." This bizarre lead song was released on April 27. In its music video, viewers follow an estranged girl who finds out that she is not a llama, but rather a human.
In his interview on the Zach Sang show, Wentz says that “the video is like a dark version of 'Elf.'" His "Elf" comparison was in reference to when the movie's protagonist, Buddy, initially does not realize he is not really an elf, but rather a human.