Indy: February's Blender magazine story includes a paragraph saying you nearly quit the band during touring for the 2007 CD Infinity on High. There wasn't much detail. So what's the story?
PS: Why was I talking about quitting? Because we were fighting. It was a bad time for us. It wasn't because of any kind of wanderlust. It was that we really had kind of reached the end of our ropes with each other, because I think we'd been touring relentlessly for six years and not talking about anything. I think in any good relationship, you have to communicate with people, and we weren't. We were kind of relying on other people to handle a lot of our conversation with each other.
Indy: You've said you took the creative lead on Infinity on High. What was the creative input like for Folie á Deux?
PS: It used to be, in general I would write melodies and [bassist Pete Wentz] would write my words. But he has expanded that quite a bit. And I think he did contribute more melodically to this record than he ever has before. I think actually Joe [Trohman, guitarist] did as well. That's how it became kind of a band record.
Indy: Many of the latest songs have strings, synthesizer and other extra instrumentation. Are you having to use backing tracks to complete the sound live?
PS: My feeling on backing tracks is, stuff you can do as a four-piece rock band you should never use as backing tracks ... So basically, yeah, synthesizers and stuff that was fake to begin with will be just as fake and canned when we go out and play live. But at the end of the day, there are four musicians up there really playing music, and that's the thing.
At Denver's Fillmore Auditorium, April 14 & 15.