Fall Out Boy guitarist Joe Trohman has announced he’s “quitting” the band because of his mental health.
A statement from Trohman was posted to the band’s Twitter A late Wednesday night page, with a black and white photo of him playing guitar.
The news comes less than 24 hours after the band announced that their new album, “So Much (For) Stardust,” will be released on March 24.
Trohman said he hoped the break would be temporary, saying: “Neil Young once said that it’s better to burn out than disappear.
“But I can tell you unequivocally that burnout is terrible. Without giving all the details, I must reveal that my mental health has deteriorated rapidly over the past few years. So, in order to avoid being gone forever I will be taking a break from work and, unfortunately, I will be away from Fall Out Boy for a while.”
He said “it pains me to make this decision, especially when we’re releasing a new album that I’m really proud of”, but added that he’s 100 percent back to “the masses”.
“At the same time, I have to recover and that means putting myself and my mental health first.”
The band’s co-founder thanked his bandmates, family and fans for “understanding and respecting this difficult but necessary decision”.
Last year, Trohman released his memoir, “None of This Rocks.” Published by Headline, the book covers, among other things, his struggles with depression and his mother’s mental illness.
Fall Out Boy, also made up of Andy Hurley, Peter Wentz and Patrick Stump, formed in 2001 in Wilmette, IL, a suburb of Chicago. Influenced by the urban punk scene, they created a punk-pop sound they heard on their 2003 debut album “Take This to Your Grave.” Their next album, Infinity on High ” was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best New Artist in 2006 and reached number one on the Billboard charts. Their song “This Ain’t a Scene, It’s an Arms Race” reached the US Billboard Hot 100 chart in 2007.
The band went on an “indefinite hiatus” in 2009, but released a secretly recorded album called “Save Rock and Roll” in 2013.
In an interview with CNN that year, Trouman said the four of them “need to be out of the band for a while.”
He added: “Men are notoriously bad at expressing emotions and communicating, and I think we have to learn how to do that. But also making time for our families, working on other projects, working with different people and experiencing different things. things that make us look back and realize that maybe we didn’t do it well; maybe we should have talked more; maybe we shouldn’t have been so passive-aggressive; maybe this person should have expressed his opinion more. I think we’re It’s getting better at that, which is very healthy for the band.”