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From the suburbs to suicide attempts to stardom, Fall Out Boy has seen it all. They’ve been places many of us have only dreamed of. But through all of their sold-out shows, they still maintain the humility of a band full of regular dudes. Perhaps the fallout from their worldwide success hasn’t gone to their heads just yet.

Straight from the outskirts of the Chicagoland suburbs, birthplace of fellow indie punk rockers The Academy Is and Allister, Fall Out Boy (FOB) has steadily been setting a strong foundation for pop-punk bands everywhere. But this wasn’t always the case. You don’t become one of the most prominent bands in your genre without spending your fair share of countless hours in a worn-out tour van. Since their formation in 2001, the boys in Fall Out Boy have struggled through three EPs and four albums on their way to the top.

In May of 2002, FOB, singer and guitarist Patrick Stump, lead guitarist Joe Trohman, drummer Andrew Hurley, and self-proclaimed front man, bassist, and lyricist Pete Wentz, put out their first EP with Project Rocket, Split EP, on Uprising Records. Playing in discreet locations around the Chicago area, they collected a very small fan base with their early work. After their debut album, Fall Out Boy’s Evening Out With Your Girlfriend, in Feb. of 2003 and the addition of current drummer Andrew Hurley, Fall Out Boy signed with John Janick and Vinnie Fiorello’s indie label Fueled By Ramen. On Fueled By Ramen, FOB put out their second album in May, titled Take This to Your Grave. With hit songs like “Saturday” and “Grand Theft Autumn/Where Is Your Boy”, Take This to Your Grave reached Gold status, selling over 500,000 copies.

While still humbled in the face of their growing acclaim, Fall Out Boy didn’t receive the Golden Ticket straight to the candy factory of fame and glory, far from it. Travelling on roads paved with dangerous quantities of sedatives and angst, not the ease of the path straight to the top, in the early days FOB struggled with the delicate balance between glowing success and crippling failure. From Pete Wentz’ failed suicide by overdosing on the sedative Ativan – hence the name of FOB’s song “7 Minutes In Heaven (Atavan Halen)” – to Andrew Hurley’s early alcohol usage (which he has now quit), these average dudes turned pop-rock icons have seen their share of heaven and hell. Don’t ever think the rock n’ roll gig is easy, cause these guy will tell you differently.

Shortly after their release of Take This to Your Grave in 2003, Fall Out Boy left their former record label Fueled By Ramen and signed with Island Records. However, in 2004 they released an acoustic EP through Fueled By Ramen titled My Heart Will Always Be the B-Side to My Tongue. A year later, in May of 2005, FOB released their breakout album: From Under the Cork Tree. This being their first major label debut, From Under the Cork Tree sold over 70,000 copies in its first week. FOB’s first hit single off of the album, “Sugar We’re Goin’ Down”, reached the number #8 spot on the Billboard Top 100. With three videos created for the new album, From Under the Cork Tree hit Double Platinum status within a year of its release.

Released on Feb. 6, Fall Out Boy’s new album Infinity On High was met with crazed fans and high expectations. Already their first single off of the album, “This Ain’t a Scene, It’s an Arms Race” has reached the #1 spot on the Billboard 200 and sold over 260,000 copies in the first week alone. Headlining the Honda Civic Tour, Fall Out Boy will be travelling the U.S. with artists like +44, Paul Wall, Cobra Starship, and The Academy Is.

With four full-length albums and well over 830,000 records sold, these pop-punk idols know exactly how to run a well-oiled musical machine. They’ve traveled from being kids in the suburbs, having an Evening Out With Your Girlfriend, sitting Under the Cork Tree, and have now reached a confident standpoint as accomplished men at the peak of their performance, their careers being On High and on the right track to becoming legends.