Published May 03, 2017As a hardcore kid turned pop radio mainstay, Fall Out Boy's Pete Wentz knows a thing or two about hype. That said, we're not sure his predictions are correct about music's next big thing.
While speaking with NME, the bassist correctly pointed out that rock music has hit a creative stagnation.
"I think it is on the back-burner," he said. "Over here in the U.S., hip-hop is super exciting for kids. I'll be looking at my Snapchat on Coachella and that is rock'n'roll right now — it's hip-hop. I think that if rock music wants to be culturally relevant on a mass level you have to be open to updating it and changing it and making it a little weird. If you don't it becomes quaint. That's not what we've ever really been into."
Then he made a completely wild prediction. "The interesting thing is that when I talk to like my rock friends, they're like, 'The next Nirvana is coming, the next Nirvana is coming' and I'm like, 'Yeah, but the next Nirvana probably is coming, but not in the form of Nirvana. It might be like Jaden Smith or, I dunno.
"The reason Nirvana was a genre-killer is that it was a wave that came from nowhere. Looking for something that sounds like that is not gonna work."
Smith is currently hard at work on his debut album SYRE. Meanwhile, Fall Out Boy are gearing up to release their next album M A N I A on September 15.