Panic! at the Disco, like the band's counterpart Fall Out Boy, have taken a turn from the pop punk sounds of yesteryear and have come up with a sound that ‘s no less pop-oriented, but is a little edgier. Fall Out Boy proved this with "My Songs Know What You Did In the Dark (Light Em Up)” and now Panic! at the Disco has proved this with the band’s newest single “Miss Jackson ft. Lolo.” Now, if the band would only get rid of that pesky exclamation point.
The video doesn’t tell a particularly cohesive tale or take a specific bent, but there’s a lot of weird imagery, including tires on fire and singer Brendon Urie dancing in the parking lot before speeding into the night in a sweet looking vintage car. We don’t know where’s he going for a while, but eventually he heads into the desert where he meets a soul-sucking monster who also happens to look pretty sexy. She hands him a sword and he eventually uses it to take her out.
Panic! at the Disco has even employed Fall Out Boy producer Butch Walker to work on the group’s fourth studio album, Too Weird to Live, Too Rare to Die! on October 8. If the name sounds a little bit familiar, it’s a line from Hunter S. Thompson’s Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, which also famously made its way into the film version of the narrative. It’s been a few years since we’ve gotten an album from the band, who last put out Vices &Virtue in 2011, an album which only sold 56,000 copies in its first week. Likely the group is looking for bigger results this time around.
Word on the street is that the album will be filled with fast-paced songs much like the one in the above video, but the Huffington Post is also reporting a few slow songer, more emotional songs will be a part of the album, as well. The band seems to be excited about their journey and the new album, and shared some of that excitement in a recent blog post.
“It took us out of Las Vegas. It showed us the world. It introduced us to millions of amazing fans. It gave us hope. It gave us courage to be unique. To be proud of who we are as individuals. To share that pride with anyone who was brave enough to join us.”
I don’t know exactly where bravery fits into this whole narrative, but the point should be that the band has a brand new album coming and it’s taking the group in a whole new direction. You can currently check out the group on tour, or you can pre-order the new album via the band’s website.
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