I was looking at the lyrics, thinking, ‘What are the main themes here?
He even thought about attending college in Arizona, but the rest of the band convinced him to stay. His maternal grandmother, who was from Hawaii, was of Portuguese, Native Hawaiian, and English descent; Brendon's other ancestry is English, Scottish, Irish, German, Welsh, and Danish.
The band was signed by Fall Out boy bassist Pete Wentz to his label Decaydance and their first album "A Fever You Can't Sweat Out" was released in September 2005. His parents highly encouraged him to go to college but he disagreed, and so because of that his parents kicked him out of their house and he was forced to get a job at Tropical Smoothie to pay rent for his one room apartment and the bands practice space. Everyone plays death metal or post-hardcore screamo, and that's pretty much it. (speaking about "Folkin' Around," a song from Panic's album "Pretty.
(in reference to which cartoon character he would be) "Actually you know what honestly, Elmer Fudd 'cause he carries a gun. Odd.") The song is very light-hearted, it's just a bit of fun.
at the Disco will release their third album, Vices & Virtues, on March 29, and SPIN caught up with frontman Brandon Urie to chat about the LP — and ask him your questions, which we gathered via SPIN’s Twitter. I was like, ‘Are these the seven deadly sins or something’? We did some research and ‘Vices and Virtues’ popped up.
Here, Urie talks about the band’s creative process following the departure of founding members Ryan Ross and Jon Walker (who formed the Young Veins), Panic! Though they’re familiar to our first and second records, these new songs couldn’t fit on those two records. Aristotle has this Biblical list that’s tied in with themes of human behavior that we’ve been noticing in ourselves. It’s about our changes in self-esteem and the changes of growing up.
’s upcoming tour, and the personal meaning of the LP’s title, Vices and Virtues. Probably “Sarah Smiles,” which is about my girlfriend, actually, as sappy as that is. We’ve always wanted to mess around with new ideas, arrangements, and instruments. What was the hardest thing about writing the new album without two of Panic! We had always written with the four of us, so it was a matter of coming out of that comfort zone.
When I met her I wrote this song to try and impress her. I played it for her and we’ve been dating ever since. I was able to build up my confidence to write a song and try to woo her. There are synthesizers and keyboards, marimbas, and strings. We haven’t talked about anything specifically, but if we take a break and meet up later that would be cool. [Ryan and Jon] left and we were like, ‘What do we want to do? I kept thinking, ‘What are people going to think about this song? ’ I didn’t think of myself as a lyricist and I was apprehensive about it.
We ended up buying some synths and messing around with them for months before working on the album. Are you still friends with Ryan Ross and Jon Walker? We are super psyched for them and they’re stoked for us. What do you do for fun when you’re not playing music? I sat down with Rob Mathes [who produced 2008’s Pretty.
I’m definitely glad to say that, yes, we are still friends. We live close to each other and we’ve hung out a few times — gone to dinner, grabbed some drinks. Friendship was really important to us when we split. When we first moved to California from Las Vegas we got into surfing. Odd and has worked with artists ranging from Jay-Z to Lou Reed to Carly Simon] and he said, ‘If you really want to write then it has to sound like you.’ I took his advice.
We figured we should do something to get in shape, but we hate working out. Did drummer Spencer Smith do more songwriting for this album? Between the two of us, it was about trying to figure out who was going to play which instruments. Then we throw what we call ‘ear candy’ all over the songs in the studio. He was kind enough to invite us over to his house to write some songs for a day. I’ve recently been reading about Tesla coils and I’m trying to figure out how I can get a Tesla coil that sits on the stage and shoots sparks without hurting anybody.
Arcade Fire’s The Suburbs is definitely one of our favorite new records. ’ They dealt with self-deprecation, pride, subversion, manipulation, but some good stuff too: self-expression, honesty.