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A Damned arms race: How Fall Out Boy helped The Damned Things "get to the point" with new album 

Nuclear BlastSince The Damned Things released their debut album in 2010, guitarist Joe Trohman and drummer Andy Hurley have recorded three albums with Fall Out Boy. Speaking to Rock Sound, Trohman describes how writing with Fall Out Boy has influenced his approach to the long-awaited Damned Things sophomore effort.

"What I've taken from Fall Out Boy and applied to The Damned Things is, when it comes to songwriting, at least for me, I don't wanna sit there and meander for seven minutes and wonder why I listen to this song," Trohman explains. "I wanna get to a point, I wanna get to a hook."

That strategy apparently works equally well for both FOB's recent poppier material and the metal stylings of The Damned Things, which also features Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian, Every Time I Die vocalist Keith Buckley and Alkaline Trio bassist Dan Andriano.

"Any great rock record, great metal record...there's hooks," Trohman says. "A lot of them pay attention to what is a classic pop song structure."

"I've tried to apply some of that to The Damned Things and just get to the...point," he continues. "If you don't like the point, [I] totally get it, but at least we're trying to get there quickly and not have you wait for two to three minutes before there is something worthwhile to hear."

The sophomore Damned Things album, titled High Crimes, is due out April 26. The band will launch a U.S. headlining tour behind the record May 1 in Los Angeles.

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