PANIC! AT THE DISCO
Brendon Urie – Frontman/multi instrumentalist
First they infected us with A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out, then they captivated us with Pretty. Odd. and now it’s Panic! At The Disco’s turn to remind us why we fell in love with them in the first place. With Vices & Virtues, their first album as a duo, frontman/multiinstrumentalist Brendon Urie and drummer/percussionist Spencer Smith have proven that their best ideas are just starting to get realized—and the disc not only marks the beginning a new era for this Grammy-nominated, Las Vegas-based rock act but in many ways also rings in a new period of musical and emotional growth that shows no signs of subsiding.
There are songs that have a jazz feel and then rock songs with strings and hyper-energetic moments, too. It’s really all over the place.” From the breezy pop of “Ready To Go (Get Me Out Of My Mind)” to airtight groove of “Hurricane” and over-the-top grandiosity of “The Calendar,” Vices & Virtues shows a new side of the band without sacrificing the identity that they’ve worked so hard to establish over the past seven years. “It was definitely different to have two voices instead of four, but Spencer and I have such a comfortable dynamic together that really helped when it came to the whole creative process,” Urie explains. “It took quite a bit of time figuring out which of these songs to put on the album and it was definitely a learning process, but I’m glad we did it the way we did because it helped us prove to ourselves we had the talent to pull something like this off.”
When you look back on Panic! At The Disco’s musical career, the one constant is the fact the group has never been the type of act that’s easy to categorize and Vices & Virtues continues in that tradition, which is something the band couldn’t be more thrilled about. “I love that we don’t fit in to one genre because we’ve never wanted to limit ourselves creatively because that’s the best part of being in a band,” Urie explains. “When we’re making music we’re not thinking about pressure or expectations; we’re thinking about making the best record possible and giving our fans something they’ve never heard before,” he continues.
“If we didn’t have our fans’ admiration we wouldn’t have the creative vision to do any of this so we’re eternally grateful to them,” Urie summarizes. “It’s an amazing feeling to do something like this for as long as we have and still have people out there who are excited to hear it and want to support us. We couldn’t ask for anything more.”
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