Patrick Stump: (When asked if he think the punk/pop thing is "organic") True. ... there's you. What is naturally you. And then there's what you're trying for. What's 'you' is always going to overpower what you're trying for. Really early on, when we were first starting, I figured I was above the whole pop-punk thing. Pete told me nine of the 10 people in pop-punk bands think they're above it. There's nothing special about thinking that. He said be content with the music you're making. There's no sense in trying to sound like your heroes, no sense trying to be what you aren't. The influence of Tom Waits or Randy Newman isn't necessarily heavy in my music, you'll hear elements if you peek in closely.