Fall Out Boy channels David and Goliath story in official video for ‘Centuries’

What does the story of David and Goliath have to do with Fall Out Boy? In the band’s new official video for the single “Centuries,” a whole lot. The video, released Oct. 17, features the band as prisoners in ancient Rome and a surprise appearance by rapper Rick Ross.

The video features plenty of special effects, lions, modern takes on iconography, some fights, and the band realizing they can work together to overcome a blood-thirsty gladiator. The “Centuries” video clocks in at just over four-and-a-half minutes, and as of press time has received more than 710,000 views on YouTube. The reference to the story of David and Goliath is no accident, either. On Fall Out Boy’s website, the band wrote “david vs. goliath, us vs them, you vs. the world … brains, talent and luck are great but heart will always trump them. that is the sentiment of this video.”

The video for “Centuries” was posted on Fall Out Boy’s official YouTube page and was announced via its social media accounts and website. Fan reaction to the video was overwhelmingly positive, with some fans speculating if the video will be part of a longer series of videos. They have reason to speculate: Fall Out Boy released an 11-part series of videos last year called The Young Blood Chronicles in support of its recent album, last year’s warmly reviewed Save Rock and Roll.

Fall Out Boy, a Chicago-based band, previously released a Hyperlapse version of the single “Centuries” last month, as previously reported on AXS.com. That version of the video featured numerous Chicago landmarks. The single is available for sale via iTunes and can be heard on Spotify, and is currently in the fourteenth spot on the iTunes chart for songs. Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off,” Meghan Trainor’s single “All About That Bass” and “Gonna Know We Were Here” by Jason Aldean were all in the top spots on the chart as of press time. Last week, the band also released a video for its single “Immortals” for the upcoming Disney film Big Hero 6. The movie is scheduled to be released Nov. 7, 2014.

An album, which will be the band’s sixth since forming in 2001, is currently in the works. However, band member Pete Wentz told website Rock Sound in an interview last month that fans may have to wait until early 2015 for the release of the new album. Fall Out Boy will tour throughout Australia early next year, too.

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