Panic! came onto the scene in 2005 with the release of their debut album “A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out”. This album was full of topics that ranged from strip clubs to cheating husbands. The language in the album was so eloquent and unique. Brilliant lyricist and band founder, Ryan Ross wrote nearly the whole album by himself. This album falls along the lines of baroque-pop/cabaret punk/circus techno (just to name a few).
Fast forward TEN YEARS and Panic! is still relevant but oh, how things have changed. None of the original members of Panic! (Ryan Ross, Spencer Smith, Jon Walker) are involved in the band anymore except the Chosen One, Brendon Urie.
It takes a lot of hard work to keep a band afloat despite losing members. Ross, Walker and Smith left between 2009 and 2012 but that did not rain on Urie’s parade.
With the help of touring members: Dan Pawlovich, Kenny Harris and Dallon Weekes of The Brobecks, Urie has managed to keep moving forward. And thank God he did.
The release of their more mainstream sounding 5th studio album “Death of a Bachelor”, managed to shine a little more light on the brilliance that is Brendon Urie. Urie can write songs catchy enough for the NFL (Golden Days), he can write love songs to his wife which give off vibes of a young Frank Sinatra in songs like “Impossible Year” and “Death of a Bachelor” or he can write songs about going out, doing cocaine, riding around in a shopping cart and waking up in a ditch (Don’t Threaten Me With a Good Time).
Urie’s determination throughout the last ten years have brought more attention to Panic! than ever before, which resulted in a summer tour with the legendary Weezer.
Although they are still greatly underrated, the fanbase knows the joys of still having the band around. For instance, Urie has a vocal range that Mariah Carey would be jealous of. He can go from bass to soprano in a matter of seconds. Seriously. If you haven’t seen him live, prepare for notes so high it’ll make your ears ring. Also be prepared for a shirtless Urie, swear words, backflips, the awesome music (of course), and the euphoric after-feeling that will leave you asking yourself, “Why haven’t I been in love with Brendon Urie my whole life?”
written by Kaitlan Darby
photographed by Rebecca Reece
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