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“Every song on this record is about a real thing that I went through, a personal experience, a very true story.”
Dance, rock, electro, emo, pop: Call them what you will, but Panic! at the Disco will only keep you guessing. Soundcheck sits down with lead singer Brendon Urie to discuss the group’s fourth studio album “Too Weird to Live, Too Rare to Die!” a 10-track mix of genre-bending grooves. Inspired by the golden days of Sin City, the record showcases everything from 80s techno synth and alt rock chords to hip-hop backbeats and catchy dance-pop melodies that are sure to make you move. Watch the exclusive interview to get the full scoop, and be sure to pick up “Too Weird to Live, Too Rare to Die!” out now, available online and in Walmart stores nationwide.
-The Crew at Walmart Soundcheck
On the inspiration for “Too Weird to Live, Too Rare to Die!”:
"I sampled [the title] from a Hunter S. Thompson book, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, which, it seemed fitting… I grew up in a very strictly religious Mormon household, but we lived in Sin City. I always had this like fantastical vision of how I saw Vegas, watching movies like Casino and like loving the Rat Pack and that era of Vegas, like 60s-70s, had a huge influence on this record stylistically and musically."
On the feeling of the new record:
"I wanted to make kind of just a celebratory like party record. I wanted to make music that, you know, got me excited to like get up and dance, just kind of lose myself in the moment a little bit."
On making the video for “Miss Jackson”:
"We met with the director Jordan Bahat, we kind of knew right away that we wanted to use him; he’s done some videos that I was a fan of. Honestly I told him the only things that I needed were a shiny jacket, the red car from Fear and Loathing, and a narrative, and that was pretty much it. So it kind of just came about Jordan’s vision for how he saw the song. Yeah, it was fun."
On the fans:
“I love getting a reaction from fans, and this time around for this record I like how polarized the opinions are. I haven’t really heard a middle ground like, “Oh, it’s alright.” It’s either like, “I love your record,” or, “I hate you now,” which is awesome. To give people a strong opinion about something you’re doing is always amazing.”
On the touring:
“I mean we can have an idea of how [a tour] is going to go but I like keeping it organic, I like feeling out night to night, it makes the show something special for every city that we play in, for every show that we play it becomes something new, something that we couldn’t have planned, and that, we have to thank our fans for that because it’s something that you can’t really duplicate or replicate in any way but when it happens it’s phenomenal, it’s great.”
• Panic! at the Disco was formed in 2004 in Summerlin, Las Vegas, Nevada.
• The group initially started out as a blink-182 cover band, but quickly branched out into a more experimental style.
• Overnight success: After sending a demo link to Fall Out Boy bassist Pete Wentz on a whim, Wentz drove to Vegas and met with the unsigned group during band practice. Immediately impressed, he asked them to sign to his newly developed Decaydence Records, an offshoot of Fueled By Ramen. Panic! at the Disco became the first band signed to the label in late 2004, before ever even performing a live show.
• After a whirlwind recording process, the band released their debut album “A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out” in 2005. The album is certified platinum and sold 2.2 million copies worldwide, making it their most successful release to date.
• The band’s sophomore album “Pretty. Odd.” was released in 2008, followed by “Vices & Virtues” in 2011.
• Their fourth album “Too Weird to Live, Too Rare to Die!” is out now. Be sure to pick up a copy online or in Walmart stores nationwide.
1. This Is Gospel
2. Miss Jackson - Featuring Lolo
3. Vegas Lights
4. Girl That You Love
7. Casual Affair
8. Far Too Young To Die
9. Collar Full
10. The End Of All Things