We're sure we don't need to educate you on the events that led Ryan Ross, the band's primary songwriter in the early years, and John Walker, to leave the band in 2009.
Needless to say, it's still subject to much conjecture and speculation. And so, when fans deciphered that both Brendon and Ryan were attending Adam Levine's Halloween party, shit got real.
Brendon had this little character he was for the whole show. Smith: Also the interaction between band members is something you don't see as much as you used to. It was uncomfortable, because there's not a lot of room, but...
Walker: We played some pretty big places for only having one record out, and more than anything we wanted to make things as visually entertaining as possible.
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.
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.
Then they toured with such a flamboyant and sexual stage show that even Rolling Stone was compelled to ask singer Brendon Urie and guitarist Ryan Ross if they were dating. And I had to tell her that he had had a girlfriend for a year and a half. For whatever reason our personal taste and preference in art and for videos and artwork appeals like that.
Panic's bass player, Jon Walker, and drummer Spencer Smith talked with Out about the band's sophomore release, Pretty. Your last tour included a script where Brendon referred to Ryan as his lover and then chased him across the stage, trying to kiss him. Walker: I think everybody's just too afraid to have a good time. Smith: We don't care who likes us -- or who dislikes us.
Impossible Year, a song from Death of a Bachelor, was written right after the breakup.
Panic at the Disco, four barely legal guys more concerned with making music than impressing anyone with their masculinity, have never seemed very interested in hedging their bets with safe styling or simplified pop songs. We had different moments where weird shit happened. We really are good friends, and there are a lot of bands that hate each other. I've known Ryan since I was five years old, and we used to live down the street from each other, so we would sleep over.