Panic! At the Disco

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photographer / Alexander Richter 
story / Jennifer Huyer 
hair / Kazz Mendoza | Filthy Rich Barbershop 
stylist / Jasmine Caccamo

It has been almost a decade since the world was first introduced to Panic! At The Disco front man, Brendon Urie. Born and raised in Las Vegas, a teenage Urie would find himself and his peers at the forefront of inking their first record deal without having ever performed a single live show. They were young, ambitious, and using a thesaurus to throw words into songs that they didn’t really know the meaning of. The band had spent five grueling weeks in the studio and lived miles from home in a less than desirable one-bedroom apartment with everybody sleeping in bunk beds. It proved tumultuous for the band at times, but the fruits of their labor soon garnered them the commercial success they were looking for with their debut release, A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out. The album was received by critics with mixed reviews, but despite extreme polarization the album went on to become certified double platinum selling over 2.2 million copies worldwide to date.
From its inception,  Urie joined Panic! At The Disco as a replacement guitar player with no intentions of becoming a permanent member. But by the time their fourth album came along, he had found himself to be the only remaining original member of the group. His longtime friend and drummer, Spencer Smith, had left before the beginning of this tour to get help with his battle with alcohol and prescription pills.
The band’s new album, Too Weird to Live, Too Rare to Die! is Urie’s diary. This is his story about things that have hurt him in the past. They are his happiest highs and his bitter lows, but lyrically they are his most honest, heartfelt and personal. His fear, love, heartache, and swagger ooze from the lyrics.
‚ÄúIt‚Äôs a cathartic album,‚ÄĚ explains Urie, ‚Äúevery song captures a memory of how I felt at the time I was writing. It took a lot of honesty to make this record.‚ÄĚ
Musically there is the embodiment of an ¬†eighites sound, utilizing vintage synths and creating a Depeche Mode meets The Faintvibe. Urie mentions, ‚ÄúI got a little bit closer to the sounds I heard in my head on this record. We‚Äôve been listening to the same stuff for a really long time and this time around we are using those influences more directly.‚ÄĚ

The title of the album is line taken straight from Hunter S. Thompson‚Äôs Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. Being from Vegas has held quite the significance in ¬†Urie’s life. In the beginning, as a band trying to figure themselves out as individuals, they were much too young for the clubs and libations that Vegas had to offer. It led to a bitter angst that bled over into the writing of their first album. On the contrary, this current album holds a much deeper appreciation, one that is celebratory of life. Referencing something like Fear and Loathing is ¬†Urie’s homage to Thompson‚Äôs style and storytelling of Las Vegas, one that acts as an inspiration on his own writing. ‚ÄúI‚Äôve always thought of this record as a character album about a tortured soul who wanted to get joy out of life but didn‚Äôt know how,‚ÄĚ he adds.
Brendon is recently married, and ‚ÄúThe End of All Things‚ÄĚ is the one song on the record that he is very proud of. ‚ÄúTo me, it‚Äôs a beautiful song. It‚Äôs three chords and the melody. The lyrics are straightforward and simple, but in that light it holds more honesty. It‚Äôs about my life and my fianc√© at the time, written about a month before I got married. I wanted to write my vows in a song as a promise that I want to keep as the years go by.‚ÄĚ
The first track on the album is a song ¬†presumably written for former bandmate Spencer Smith. ‚ÄúThis Is Gospel‚ÄĚ is, according to ¬†Urie, a song written about ¬†addiction and being tortured by oneself. At first listen, you‚Äôll hear the pulsating of beats, reminiscent to that of the heart‚Äôs, that are soon met with vocoder laden verses that erupt into an emotionally charged chorus. ‚ÄúThe lyric ‚Äėif you love me let me go‚Äô is very pained to me,‚ÄĚ Urie explains, ‚ÄúIt is somebody screaming for attention and wanting someone to notice.‚ÄĚ
Such an emotional and heartfelt song would need an equally as expressive video to accompany it. Being directed by Daniel Campos and beautifully choreographed by Tamara Levinson-Campos, the duo, along with ¬†Urie’s performance, create an intense heart-wrenching feeling as if watching the movements of a tortured soul.
Brendon Urie has always been a believer that adapting and evolving are structurally part of being a good artist, and Panic! At The Disco has continued to push their musical abilities and redefine their sound from album to album. With a more disciplined approach to his creativity these days, Urie says he has ‚Äúfound a different voice within the dynamics of the band,‚ÄĚ also adding, ‚Äúall four of us cooperate and contribute evenly. The goal of the band remains the same. To write the best songs and to perform the hell out of them live.‚ÄĚ


7/18/2014 Magna, UT РThe Great Saltair*
7/22/2014 Milwaukee, WI РEagles Ballroom*
7/23/2014 Indianapolis, IN РFarm Bureau Insurance Lawn At White River State*
7/25/2014 Chicago, IL РFirstMerit Bank Pavilion At Northerly Island*
7/27/2014 Rochester Hills, MI РMeadow Brook*
7/29/2014 Columbus, OH РLC Pavilion*
7/30/2014 Cleveland, OH РJacobs Pavilion At Nautica*
8/1/2014 Pittsburgh, PA РStage AE*
8/2/2014 Uncasville, CT РMohegan Sun*
8/3/2014 Boston, MA РBlue Hills Bank Pavilion*
8/5/2014 New York City, NY РThe Theater At Madison Square Garden*
8/6/2014 Toronto, ON РEcho Beach At Molson Canadian Amphitheatre*
8/8/2014 Toms River, NJ РPine Belt Arena*
8/9/2014 Philadelphia, PA РFestival Pier* (on sale 3/1 at 10am local)
8/10/2014 Baltimore, MD РPier Six Pavilion*
8/12/2014 Cincinnati, OH РPNC Pavilion At Riverbend Music Center**
8/13/2014 Charlotte, NC РThe Uptown Amphitheatre At The Music Factory**
8/15/2014 Boca Raton, FL РMizner Park Amphitheatre**
8/16/2014 St. Augustine, FL РSt. Augustine Amphitheatre**
8/17/2014 Atlanta, GA РChastain Park Amphitheatre**
8/19/2014 Houston, TX РCynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion**
8/20/2014 Austin, TX РThe Moody Theater (pre-sale 3/4 10am local)**
8/22/2014 Dallas, TX РSouth Side Ballroom**
8/23/2014 Oklahoma City, OK РZoo Amphitheatre**
8/26/2014 Los Angeles, CA РThe Greek** (on sale TBA)
8/27/2014 San Diego, CA РSDSU Open Air Theatre**
8/28/2014 San Jose, CA РSan Jose State Event Center**
* Рwith Walk The Moon and Magic Man
** Рwith Walk The Moon and Youngblood Hawke


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