Panic! at the Disco. It’s a name we’ve all heard SOMEWHERE before. They’re everywhere. Ever since they released their album ‘A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out’, they’ve yielded hits from every record since. Songs like “I Write Sins, Not Tragedies, “Nine in the Afternoon”, “This is Gospel”, and even the title track from their most recent record, “Death of a Bachelor”. I mean come on, who hasn’t heard “I’ve chimed in with ‘haven’t you people ever heard of…” and NOT chimed in? It’s catchy, it’s infectious, but beyond that, it’s CLEVER. I mean, how many songs have you ever heard of that talk about what some of these songs thrive on, regarding lyrical content?
Headed by front man Brendan Urie, this band has always been known for not only the clever lyrical content and infectious pop (and even pop-rock hits, regarding their earlier works) but for their song titles. Sure, some bands such as Mayday Parade, Fall Out Boy, and A Day to Remember have adapted this technique and earned at least moderate recognition (if not with a side dish of popularity along with it.) It seems almost ingenious, but this band handles it with prestige and skill (seriously, check out some of their song titles). But song titles are just the beginning. It’s the pairing of theatrical elements with pop/rock roots that will keep not only feet tapping but your brain processing the somehow complex and intellectual yet simple lyrics and instantly recognizable vocals.
It’s amazing to see how this band, after debuting with a double platinum album, has managed to maintain and build a not only steady but consistent and ever growing fan base, all by releasing albums that at their roots are undeniably Panic!, but at the same time, these records continue to add and take away elements (such as guitar, pianos, synth) and even mix and match them that set the stage for a band that is not only a rock band that has made its name as 1/3 of the “emo trio” (alongside Fall Out Boy and My Chemical Romance) but has become known as one of the most haunting and theatrical pop bands to earn mainstream success. Its undeniable that such success has come from such an ever changing and yet somehow consistent band in terms of lineup and sound changes, but it somehow remains an elemental sound that has not led to a fan base faltering, and that is something for which to be praised.