Panic! At The Disco Biography
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For a second, forget everything you already know about Panic At The Disco. That means forgetting that the band's 2005 debut A Fever You Can't Sold Out has sold over 2.2 million copies to date; that their video for "I Write Sins Not Tragedies" became a #1 hit on MTV and snagged one of the network's video music awards for best video in 2006; and, finally, erasing from your mind all of the sold-out clubs the band have played over the past three years and the ubiquity of Panic At The Disco's music-and mugs-on radio stations, television programs and magazine covers all over the world.
These days, a sensation like Panic At The Disco is something extremely rare and impossible to invent and for those two reasons alone, most bands in their position would stick to the same signature sound for their second disc. However, Panic At The Disco aren't most bands. Instead, the band-guitarist Ryan Ross, drummer Spencer Smith, vocalist Brendon Urie and bassist Jon Walker-decided to make the album they wanted to make for their sophomore release. While the album is equally as catchy and infectious as their debut, Pretty. Odd. sees the band digging through their parents' record crates to craft an expansive pop album that channels the ghosts of Brian Wilson and the Beatles as well as lesser-known pop sensations like the Zombies. However, for a while even the band weren't sure if Pretty. Odd. would ever come to fruition.
Panic At The Disco began writing the album a year ago, but after they'd written a solid batch of concept-driven songs, they stopped to reevaluate what they were doing and ended up deciding they were over thinking the process. "Instead of really throwing anything away, we decided to just move it to the side and approach the second record the same way we did the first record," Ross explains. "We tried to approach the songs individually and write songs that didn't sound like anything else we've written," he continues. "Now we're finally at the point where we can sit down and listen to the finished record and I know we're happy with it, so I think it was a really good decision-especially since we hope that we're going to have multiple opportunities to fully realize what our first idea was in the future."
That's not too say Pretty. Odd. isn't dripping with ambition-in fact, if anything, the opposite is true. From the bouncy and psychedelic first single (and accompanying video) "Nine In The Afternoon" to the spaghetti-western shuffle of the horn-driven "Pas De Cheval" and the straight-ahead pop genius of "Northern Downpour," Pretty. Odd. sees the band stepping outside their comfort zone to prove how much they've grown up since their debut, which was written when the members were just seventeen years old. "It wasn't a conscious decision to have older influences show through on this record, it just seemed like around the beginning of the sixties there were less subgenres, so it wasn't weird for songs to have a trombone part or violin part," Smith explains, adding that in some ways, his parents' dusty old records helped sonically liberate the band. "I think that will probably something that will stick with us after this record."
Another huge difference between these two albums is the fact that Pretty. Odd.'s basic instrumentation was recorded at the Palms Hotel in the band's hometown of Las Vegas, while the strings and mixing was done at the legendary Abbey Road Studios in London with the help of their producer, Grammy and Emmy Award winning arranger/composer Rob Mathes. "It was an amazing experience," Smith says, adding that recording the strings in studio two of Abbey Road was a pretty surreal experience for a band who had to call their label's owner John Janick to approve three hundred dollars to hire a trumpet player to play on their debut. "We're really happy with how the orchestration turned out on this record and that's probably the biggest change from the last album," Spencer confirms.
In the spirit of acts like the David Bowie and Pink Floyd, Panic At The Disco plan on continuing their tradition of elaborate stage shows and performances for the subsequent touring. However this time around they're finally confident in having their music speak for itself, which is an achievement the band have looked forward to since their inception. "I just hope that if anything people are open to the idea that Pretty. Odd. may not sound exactly like the first record," Ross explains. "All we can ask for is that people give it a chance because there are a lot of songs that sound very different, but I think it's more creative and more musically interesting than most of what is at the top of the charts right now."
We couldn't agree more-and we're sure you'll feel the same.
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Ready to go | Reviewer: Anonymous | 4/26/11
Panic! is catchy, interesting lyrics, meanings left for the listener to figure out. Makes you think! So great to be able to understand what they're singing, so many artists don't know diction and there is more mumbling going on than anything else. Brendon has such a strong, clear voice, and those beautiful eyes and lips, wow!
Oh, My God... | Reviewer: Jade | 7/19/10
Oh, My God. I love these people. Even though they 'broke up', I still love em'. Actually brendon & spencer(drummer) stayed & ryan & jon lefted to make their on band 'the young veins'. But I still ♥ em'. Listen to the song 'New Perspective' by PATD!! It's awesome.
Love Panic! <333 | Reviewer: Sarah | 7/16/09
I love Panic! At the Disco soooo much!! I don't think they're getting really popular at all like some people. I hope they don't get to popular. But i still want them to be very sucessful. I loved their first album a lot. But when i heard the songs on Pretty.Odd. I fell in love with them all over again.
Panic! is just an amazing band with a whle lot of talent. Ryan Ross is a musical genius with the lyrics he writes and Brendon Uries voice is jsut simply....amazing <33333
Brilliant band, even if others don't think so. | Reviewer: Yusukea | 4/12/09
I've always loved Panic! At the Disco. I thought it was kinda weird how they suddenly got so popular though I was happy that others were listening to them too.
Where as "A Fever You Can't Sweat Out" offered a mature and emotional sort of mood, "Pretty. Odd" offered a sweet, innocent kind of feel to it. I love both for their lyrics and screwed up meanings.Haha.
Bring back the exclamation point and it's perfect. | Reviewer: Sovios | 12/19/08
"Pretty. Odd." is amazing...I loved "A Fever You Can't Sweat Out" too--as did everyone else here, it seems--but what annoys me most is the people who bitch about PatD selling out or saying things like "they changed there sound n its not a good change". (First off, learn to spell, kthxbai >=P) But secondly, keep in mind that they're not about fitting a specific genre or "scene". If Wikipedia's to be believed here, Brendon Urie had said "Emo is bullshit.* We want to be the new Radiohead."
Besides which they're very literate (huge Chuck Palahniuk fans, apparently, though they've evidently read other things) and have been listening to the '60s-era music that most of "Pretty. Odd." fits right alongside for decades. All the "pure" emo bands I've seen only seem to read Twilight and listen to The Cure--or other emo bands.
Seriously, though...I liked them with the exclamation point. It was quirky and made it fun to type their name O.o
* He definitely said "Emo is bullshit" to NME, but the other part hasn't been confirmed by my searches yet...
i'd panic if they stopped | Reviewer: pillitifeciours | 12/11/08
All my friends liked I Write Sins Not Trageties, but none of us knew who sung it. Then i found out is was PATD, and i looked into some of their other songs-and I LOVED THEM! now i know all the songs off by heart, and their like, the ONLY songs i would never skip pass.
Teeny bopper? | Reviewer: Jacquie <3 | 11/26/08
I love Panic at the disco for their original sound, and insanely clever lyrics. For me, listening to Panic is kinda like listening to an intense, mature story.
My personal favorite album was 'A Fever You Can't Sweat Out', but 'Pretty.Odd.' was different and original. So pretty much, i think they are pretty fricken awesome XP
Fav songs | Reviewer: tiana | 11/6/08
This band is one of my fav. bands out of all. I love thier music and i also think that the lead singer is extreamly hottttt! My fav. song by them is "Nine in the afternoon". I love that song! my second fav song by them is "Lying is the most fun a girl can have". This band is just so hot n amazing!!!!
I can't believe them... | Reviewer: That_Person | 10/10/08
I loved the techno-ness about Panic! At The Disco... but they really change. If you heard the album Pretty. Odd. , It's entirely acoustic which is bad if you like Panic! At The Disco for it's techno sound. The claimed they wanted to "Mature" but , think about it... Was it really mature to drop a type of music because your audience was too young. 2.2 million copies is alot.... I
:OOOOO | Reviewer: Anonymous | 8/13/08
wow. just wow! lol i LOVE PATD! and i love my friend for telling me about them. she told me her favorite song was Nine In the Afternoon by them and i hadn't heard anything besides I Write Sins Not Tragedies by them and i knew the name, i just didn't know THEM. so i was listening to the radio one night and this song kept going " 'Cause it's Nine in the Afternoon..." and i was like I LOVE THIS SONG! i remembered my friend telling me about it so i looked it up on youtube and kept listening to all these songs that said "Panic at the Disco", so I eventually heard the whole Pretty. Odd. CD before i even bought it! i also listened to I Write Sins Not Tragedies ALOT. i can say i am HOOKED. plus it's hard not to love BRENDON URIE! :D lol anyway i am in love with PATD and can't wait till they come here in october! <3
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