By Max Dougham
Panic! at the Disco (formerly stylized Panic at the Disco is an American rock band from Las Vegas, Nevada, formed in 2004. Since its inception, the band’s line-up has included Brendon Urie (lead vocals, guitar, piano) and Spencer Smith (drums), and currently includes bass guitarist Dallon Weekes. During live performances the band is joined by touring guitarist Kenneth Harris.
Founded by childhood friends, Ryan Ross, Spencer Smith, Brent Wilson and Brendon Urie, Panic! at the Disco recorded its first demos while its members were all in high school. Shortly after, the band recorded and released its debut studio album, A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out (2005). Made known by the top ten lead single, “I Write Sins Not Tragedies“, the album eventually was certified double platinum in the US. In 2006, founding bassist Brent Wilson was fired from the band during an extensive world tour, and subsequently replaced by Jon Walker.
Influenced by 1960s rock bands, The Beatles, The Zombies and The Beach Boys, and preceded by the hit single, “Nine in the Afternoon“, the band’s second studio album, Pretty. Odd. (2008), marked a significant departure from the sound of the band’s debut, and ultimately led to the departure of guitarist and principal songwriter Ryan Ross and bassist Jon Walker, who favored the band’s new direction. The duo subsequently formed a new band, The Young Veins, leaving Brendon Urie and Spencer Smith as the sole remaining members of the band.
Continuing as a duo, the band released a new single, “New Perspective“, and recruitedDallon Weekes (bass) and Ian Crawford (guitar) to accompany the band during live performances. The band’s third studio album, Vices & Virtues (2011), marked a return to the band’s initial Vaudevillian pop-punk sound and was recorded solely by Urie and Spencer with producers John Feldmann and Butch Walker.
In 2012, the band added touring bassist Weekes to its core line-up, rendering the band a three-piece and released its fourth studio album, Too Weird to Live, Too Rare to Die!, in 2013.
Formation and early years (2004–05)
Panic! at the Disco was formed in 2004 in the suburban area of Summerlin, Las Vegas, by childhood friends Ryan Ross, who sang and played guitar, and Spencer Smith, who played drums. They both attended Bishop Gorman High School, and they began playing music together in ninth grade. They invited friend Brent Wilson from nearby Palo Verde High School to join on bass, and Wilson invited classmate Brendon Urie to try out on guitar. The quartet soon began rehearsing in Smith’s grandmother’s living room. Urie grew up in a Mormon family in Las Vegas and early on skipped rehearsals to go to church.Ross initially was the lead vocalist for the group, but after hearing Urie sing back-up during rehearsals, the group decided to make him the lead. Initially, Panic! at the Disco was just ablink-182 cover band
The monotonous nature of local Las Vegas bands influenced the members of the band to be different and creative, and they soon began laying down experimental demos. The band had not even performed a single live show when they were signed. “We never went out and played shows before we got signed because the music scene in Las Vegas is so bad. There’s not a lot going on,” Smith said. “In our practice space, there were something like 30 bands, and every day we’d walk into that room and hear the exact same death-metal bands. So it kind of influenced us to be different. And to get out of Las Vegas.” Urie began working at Tropical Smoothie Cafe in Summerlin to afford rent for the band’s new practice space. The four left their educations behind to concentrate on music; Ross had a falling out with his father when he dropped out of college and when Brendon Urie dropped out of high school his parents kicked him out of the house. He stayed with friends until he could afford to rent an apartment.
Ross and Urie soon began to commit to their laptops the demos they had been developing, and posted three early demos (“Time to Dance,” “Nails for Breakfast, Tacks for Snacks” and “Camisado”) on PureVolume. On a whim, they sent a link to Fall Out Boybassist Pete Wentz via a LiveJournal account. Wentz, who was in Los Angeles at the time with the rest of Fall Out Boy working on their major-label debut, From Under the Cork Tree, drove down to Las Vegas to meet with the young, unsigned band Upon hearing “two to three” songs during band practice, Wentz was impressed and immediately wanted the band to sign to his Fueled by Ramen imprint label Decaydance Records, which made them the first on the new label. Around December 2004, the group signed to the label As news broke that Wentz had signed Panic! (who had yet to perform a single live show), fans on the Internet began to bash the group. “Almost right away we knew what was going to happen,” Ross explained in a 2006 interview. “We had two songs online and people were already making assumptions on what kind of band we were and what we were going to sound like.
Meanwhile, Wentz began to hype the band wherever possible: from wearing “Pete! at the Disco” T-shirts onstage to mentioning them in interviews. Wentz gave a quick shout-out to the band during a press junket on the day before the 2005 MTV Video Music Awards: “I’ve got a couple of bands coming out soon on Decaydance, one being this band called Panic! at the Disco,” Wentz said. “Their record is going to be your next favorite record. It’s called A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out – get it before your little brother does. At the time of their signing, all of the band members were still in high school (with the exception of Ross, who was forced to quit UNLV). Urie graduated in May 2005 and Wilson and Smith finished school online as the band left for College Park, Maryland to record their debut record.
Brendon Boyd Urie (born April 12, 1987) is an American singer-songwriter, musician,guitarist, and pianist, best known as the lead vocalist of Panic! at the Disco. He also playsdrums, bass guitar, accordion, organ, cello, violin, and trumpet.
Urie was born in Summerlin, Nevada. He is the fifth and youngest child to Grace and Boyd Urie. He was raised in a Mormon family. Urie attended Palo Verde High School,where he met future ex-Panic bassist Brent Wilson in his guitar class. Wilson asked Urie to try out for a band he was in, since they needed a replacement guitarist.
In a 2011 interview, Urie described himself as a “spazz in high school”. He explained that one student would always bully him. Urie worked at Tropical Smoothie Cafe in order to pay his band’s rent for their practice space. At the cafe, Urie often sang for customers. He explained: “I would sing anything I was listening to at the time, but I was down to take requests. I remember singing some Scorpions songs, some W.A.S.P. 80s anthems are usually good for tips. It was a huge range of stuff. … Some people liked it, and some people didn’t. I had to respect other people’s wishes, but I had a couple people come in who would ask me to sing for a tip. That’s always fun.”
Urie met Brent Wilson while taking guitar classes offered at their high school and Wilson asked Urie to try out as lead guitarist for Panic! at the Disco, as they were looking for a replacement at the time. Originally, Ryan Ross was their lead singer. When Urie filled in for Ross during a band rehearsal, they were impressed with Urie’s vocal abilities and he was chosen as their lead singer.
Since then, Panic! at the Disco has released 4 studio albums with Urie as lead vocalist. A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out was released in 2005 and their sophomore record, Pretty. Odd. in 2008. On Pretty. Odd., Urie also took lyrical responsibility and wrote two of the tracks on the record by himself; those tracks being “I Have Friends in Holy Spaces” and festival favorite “Folkin’ Around”. He also wrote “New Perspective” for the soundtrack to the motion picture Jennifer’s Body.
In March 22, 2011 the band released their 3rd album “Vices & Virtues” Following the departure of Ross and Walker.
In October 8, 2013 “Too Weird to Live, Too Rare to Die!” was released.
PANIC AT THE DISCO
I write sins not tragedies, es una de las primeras canciones más exitosas de la banda, trata de una novia que le ha sido infiel a su marido, y como en verdad uno nunca termina de conocer bien a una persona.
New Perspective, es una cancion que aparecio en el disco vices &virtues, primer album en el que ya no se encuentra Ryan Ross. En su video musical salen cortos de la pelicula Jennifer’s body
Hurricane forma parte del album vices and virtues en el que tambien se encuentra The ballad of monalisa : Precedido por el primer sencillo «The Ballad of Mona Lisa», el álbum debutó en la posición número siete del Billboard 200, vendiendo 56 000 copias en su primera semana.
LYING IS THE MOST FUN A GIRL CAN HAVE WITHOUT TAKING HER CLOTHES OFF : Cuando se combinan, los títulos de Lying Is the Most Fun a Girl Can Have Without Taking Her Clothes Off y But It’s Better If You Do, se forma una frase de la película Closer.
lying is the most fun viene del album A FEVER YOU CANT SWEAT OUT
The only difference betweeen …: El título de la canción The Only Difference Between Martyrdom And Suicide Is Press Coverage fue extraído de la novela “Superviviente (Survivor)” de Chuck Palahniuk. TAMBIEN FORMA PARTE DEL ALBUM A FEVER YOU CANT SWEAT OUT QUE ES DEL2005
girls / girls / boys : forma parte de su ultimo album Too weird to live, too rare to die, su video musical es bastante peculiar ya que sale Brendon Urie sin ropa, lo cual es un gran fan service!!, y parece que a las chicas les ha gustado, pero que pensara su mujer, Sarah , de esto?
Nine in the afternoon es del album Pretty ODD del 2008, el video musical sale the band in a parade! a la banda le encantan los desfiles!
Northern downpour es un sencillo tambien del album Pretty Odd
Ready to go, es de vices & virtues
Miss Jackson its the new hot song that captivated audiences around the world, Brendon Urie is at is best with vocals and intensity.He got to say at MTV interview: “‘Miss Jackson’ is about something that actually happened to me when I was younger. I hadn’t really talked about it, and I felt that if I didn’t, I would keep thinking about it, it would drive me crazy,” Urie said. “When I was younger, I would mess around; I’d sleep with one girl one night, sleep with her friend the next night, and not care about how they felt, or how I made them feel. And then it happened to me and I realized ‘Wow, that’s what that feels like? I feel really sh—y.’
And in terms of Global Radio “miss Jackson” stayed a strong 7 weeks at #1 in lluviafm (www.lluviafm.com)
Thaxs all for listening to me of what i have to say about my favorite band.
- New perspective
- Ready to go
- Northen Downpour
- Nearly witches (ever since we met)
- Nine in the afternoon
- I got the world on a string
- Build god then we´ll talk
- Lying is the most fun a girl can have without taking her clothes off
- Ballad of Mona Lisa
- Sarah smiles
- This is gosspel
- Miss Jackson
- I write sins not tragedies
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