“Novocaine” is the seventh track from American rock band Fall Out Boy’s 2015 album “American Beauty/American Psycho”. As the title would suggest the song is about feeling numb (novocaine is a numbing agent normally used in dental procedures) but the track emphasises feeling numb after enduring huge amounts of pain, and not feeling anything for anyone.
The bassist from the band (Pete Wentz) explained the band’s take on the track on their website, stating: “you can kill a revolutionary but you can never kill the revolution -fred hampton
we make noise because thats the tool we have at our disposal. we snarl so the hand that feeds us is well aware. we dont dream of this world- we craft this world to be our dreams. no one can determine your level of rage. let no one tell you that you care too much. let no one tell you that your voice doesnt matter. wake up. this is our culture.”
Wentz also told Kerrang publication in an interview that the song was inspired by events such as the Trayvon Martin case (a 17-year-old African-American boy who was shot by a neighbourhood watch captain in February 2012), as well as creating a track that was about corruption within the police in the US, and how individuals can no longer trust the system that is meant to be protecting, not killing.
There is no official music video for the track, however there is the official audio upload on Fall Out Boy’s YouTube channel, that was released on the 13th January 2015 and as of October 2019 the audio video has over 11.8 million views.
Release Date: 20th January 2015
Songwriter/s: Andy Hurley, Joe Trohman, Patrick Stump & Pete Wentz
Producer/s: Fall Out Boy & Jake Sinclair
Label/s: DCD2 & Island Records
Chart Rankings: “Novocaine” peaked at #31 on the US Billboard chart in February 2015. The track also has over 47 million plays on Spotify.
The lyrics to “Novocaine” can be found at: LINK