No, your eyes are not deceiving you and your ears will be pleasantly surprised. So we all know the words to ‘Sugar, We're Goin Down’ whether we like it all not. It was a huge single back in the day, the days of 2005 to be precise, and it helped catapult emo rock into the commercial arena along with My Chemical Romance following the underground rising of bands like Underoath, The Used, Thrice, and others.

If at some point in your 20s you didn’t slam a cheap shot down your neck with a beer chaser and then jump around like an idiot when Sugar came on, you haven’t lived.

Surprisingly, the metal band that Fall Out Boy formed during the late 00s with members of Anthrax and Every Time I Die only saw the light of day very briefly before disappearing into the abyss as quick as they emerged.

The Damned Things is an incredible metal outfit formed by Guitarist Joe Trohman (Fall Out Boy), Andy Hurley (Fall Out Boy), Keith Buckley (Every Time I Die), and Scott Ian of thrash kings Anthrax.

They released their debut album, ‘Iconiclast’, in 2010 and it is still a brutal record to this very day!

I didn’t want to meet him [Scott Ian] because I don’t want to meet people I grew up admiring
- Joe Trohman

Joe Trohman met Scott Ian in an Italian restaurant in Los Angeles about 12-15 years ago, and Trohman got to discussing the idea of maybe putting together a side project based around classic rock, heavy metal with Scott Ian.

In a series of new interviews, Joe Trohman talks about new material from The Damned Things and the current line up change with Dan Andriano from Alkaline Trio.

“The chorus to the new single is like a wired 6 or 6 and a half 4-time signature...I did this sort of weird inspired by how the riff in Kashmir turns around where you want it to turn around which makes it a cool riff”.

“I was listening to Hot Snakes at the time and I didn’t try to nail what they were doing but that was sort of the inspiration between the kind of more lose noisy punk rock stuff that happens in the verses”

Trohman also goes onto talk about the new line-up.

“Dan came to be involved with The Damned Things just of in a like natural way, basically we were making the record and I was playing all the base on the record at the time and because at that point, Josh Newton didn’t have time to do it anymore. So Keith Buckley had suggested Dan and Dan was just immediately down for it so he popped by my studio for a couple of days and I’m very glad he’s doing it.”

The new album from The Damned Things ‘HIGH CRIMES’ released 26th April. Pre-order via

Author Bio: AC Speed

Senior Editor

I started my career as a music journalist in 2013 and have been involved in the music industry as a touring musician, studio engineer and artist consultant since 2002, as well as previously being a signed artist. My passion for delivering high quality, informative music-related news is a daily driving force behind the content I create. Also a huge gaming nerd! Born in the United Kingdom and currently living in Sweden. Skål!


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