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Emo Bands > Panic! At The Disco

Panic! At The Disco

Emo Bands - Panic! At The Disco Biography
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Panic! At The Disco Biography

Barely out of high school, Panic! At The Disco was the first band to sign with to Pete Wentz of Fall Out Boy¡¦s new label Decaydance in 2004. Amazingly Pete signed him after seeing some online demos of him! Guitarist Ryan Ross and drummer Spencer Smith of Panic! at the Disco had previously gained experience in a local Las Vegas Blink 182 cover band. After tiring of playing another group's material, the duo recruited two additional classmates, guitar/vocalist Brendon Urie and bassist Brent Wilson, and the newly-formed quartet decided to model its name after a line in Name Taken's "Panic." They started making a fan base through PureVolume and MySpace even though it resulted in little initial commercial recognition at first.

Panic! At The Disco Lead Vocalist Brendon Urie
Brandon Urie, lead vocalist

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But soon enough, despite their struggles and controversial emo genre tag, these teenagers of suburban Las Vegas, suddenly transformed into national emo-pop stars. Their debut album A Fever You Can¡¦t Sweat Out was released in 2005 and went platinum, showing up in the US and UK charts in spite of an very bad critic reviews. So what do people like about them?

Perhaps it's that familiar, contempo-punk-pop sensibility, strengthened by the amped-up emo-core ambitions of singer Brendan Urie that dominates the many tracks on their albums. Or perhaps it's their shrewd hooks, the band steadily expand on -- sonically and lyrically thereafter.

For example, in the song "London Beckoned Songs About Money Written By Machines", they explore nervous energy complemented by the energy sonic embroidery. Critics have described them as having modern punk-pop smarts, being inventive, and having genre-blurring ambition. In addition they say that while too many young bands are content slaves to fashion; this Panic! At The Disco is a pioneer. Some of their music like from Pretty. Odd is described like having ¡§dropped the entire Beatles catalog into a blender, added some modern alternative ice and the horn section from Sonia Dada, then churned out a new-millennium Liverpool smoothie.¡¨

Their style has been described as a mix of emo, pop punk, and even baroque pop. In mid 2006, their second single, "But It's Better If You Do", was released in the United Kingdom and peaked at #23. Its music video, released a month before, portrays the band playing in a speakeasy in  America during the 1930's. Urie said this showed "the dark and secluded style of Panic."

One thing is becoming clear. Panic! At the Disco is fresh and progressive. Stephen Thomas Erlewine noted, "...Pretty. Odd. suggests that they're becoming that rare thing in 2008: a pop-oriented rock band. They might not be doing this knowingly, but the results are entertaining all the same."

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Panic! At The Disco
Panic! At The Disco Band Members

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Ross has said, "I try to think of the person who's worked an eight-hour day, the person who gets in the car and puts on their radio. I'd like them to hear a song that makes them feel happy for three minutes rather than something that makes them more depressed than they already are. We're not afraid to write about love or being happy. We have an entire culture that is either provocative or negative. It's so geared toward being shocking that it no longer manages to shock. They've pushed it as far as they can go both sexually and in terms of anger. Which is why we're here, to provide something different." He feels that their influence comes from such artists as the Beach Boys, The Kinks, the Beatles".

On January 17, 2006, they premiered their first music video for "I Write Sins Not Tragedies." In early August 2006, A Fever You Can't Sweat Out went Platinum, having sold over one million albums.

Very soon after, Wilson left the band. He claimed that the decision to leave was not his, and that he was fired without warning for monetary reasons. Embittered, he threatened to sue the members of Panic! At the Disco for denying him fair royalties.
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Panic! At The Disco Singing Live
Panic! At The Disco performing live

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But as the saying goes ¡§the show must go on!¡¨ The band begin to tour in the later part of 2006 in places like Australia, New Zealand, and many other locations in Europe. Later, they would go on to perform in more foreign locations like Singapore, South Korea, Japan, Hong Kong, the Philippines, Indonesia, Australia and New Zealand. Notably, during Panic!'s opening song  at the Carling Weekend: Reading Festival in 2006, an audience member knocked out Urie when he threw a bottle. The performance had to stop. After a few minutes, Urie got back up and shouted to the crowd, "You can't take me out! Let's see how well you guys do with my left side", and then he kept performing.

During 2006 they played with such bands as Bloc Party, Jack's Mannequin. The Plain White T's Cobra Starship, Fall Out Boy, Marilyn Manson, and other bands on the special edition soundtrack of Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas in which they covered "This Is Halloween¡¨. Toward the end of July 2006, Panic! at the Disco released their third music video, "Lying Is the Most Fun a Girl Can Have Without Taking Her Clothes Off." This style of making fun of women is quite common in Emo songs. The angst would also show up in their final single from A Fever You Can't Sweat Out, "Build God, Then We'll Talk", which was released on March 5, 2007. The music video of which portrays the fallacy of relationships. On January 9, 2008, the exclamation point in the band's name was droppe, but after a while they put it back.

Panic! At the Disco is also known for being very creative with their marketing. In March of 2008, a series of puzzles began to show on their official website. The first puzzle led to the answer of "YOU DON'T HAVE TO WORRY"  in which Smith said that it was a lyric from a song named "We're So Starving".

A second puzzle revealed samples from a song on the upcoming album with the third piece of the puzzle leading to a blog entry on MySpace which updated the progress of the album while releasing a rough version of the song "We're So Starving". The band announced that they would be recording the strings and mixing the album at Abbey Road Studios. Panic later confirmed that the second album was titled Pretty. Odd. with a release date of March 25, 2008.

The third puzzle appeared on the band's website on January 16, various parts of the puzzle were released on to different websites. A week later, the completed puzzle appeared on the website revealing the album cover of Pretty. Odd.

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