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Panic! At the Disco

Some bands spend their whole careers just hoping to produce an album as complex, cohesive and creative as A Fever YouCan't Sweat Out. Not Panic! At The Disco: They managed toget it right on the first try.

Before you grab a cold washcloth, let's diagnose what caused A Fever.

It all started in the suburbs of Las Vegas when 12-year-old Ryan Ross asked his parents for a guitar for Christmas. Not to beoutdone, neighborhood pal Spencer Smith begged hisparents for a drum set so the duo could start jamming. "Really, from thatfirst year [playing instruments], all we rea ...read more

Some bands spend their whole careers just hoping to produce an album as complex, cohesive and creative as A Fever YouCan't Sweat Out. Not Panic! At The Disco: They managed toget it right on the first try.

Before you grab a cold washcloth, let's diagnose what caused A Fever.

It all started in the suburbs of Las Vegas when 12-year-old Ryan Ross asked his parents for a guitar for Christmas. Not to beoutdone, neighborhood pal Spencer Smith begged hisparents for a drum set so the duo could start jamming. "Really, from thatfirst year [playing instruments], all we really did was cover Blink 182 songs," remembers Spencer, laughing.The bandeventually matured, moved on from all the small things and recruited classmates Brent Wilson and Brendon Urie on bass andvocals, respectively.

With the final lineup now in place, the newly christened Panic! At The Disco (from a line in the Name Taken song "Panic")started practicing in Spencer's grandmother's living room andbegan crafting the songs that would eventually make their wayonto A Fever You Can't Sweat Out. With their flair for experimental instrumentation and intimately observant lyrics, itwasn'tlong before the band sparked the interest of Fall Out Boy's Pete Wentz, who brought the band to Decaydance/Fueled ByRamen, a label with a green thumb for new talent. "Wereally clicked with [Decaydance/Fueled By Ramen] and theyunderstood what we wanted to do as a band," Ryan explains. "They gave us a lot of freedom to do what would makeushappywith our music..

Soon after signing, things got serious and started moving forward at a rapid pace. Spencer and Brent finished high schoolthrough distance education; Brendon was taking classesduring the day, practicing at night and barely scraping by his senioryear; and Ryan decided to leave college at the end of his freshman year, causing a huge rift between him and hisfamily."When I told my dad I wanted to drop out and write music, he definitely flipped out. It was a battle between me being happyand doing what would make him happy." So minustheblessing of one father, the four friends packed up, left home for the firsttime and headed east to College Park, Maryland, to record their debut album with famed producer Matt Squire(Thrice,Northstar, The Receiving End Of Sirens).

"We didn't want to write a record that had 11 of the same songs on it," explains Ryan. In order to make sure that didn'thappen, the band came up with the concept to divide the albumin two halves: the first being futuristic, complete with drummachines and synthesizers, and the second being nostalgic, complete with Vaudevillian piano and accordion. "It wastooextremes of influence being put next to each other: the most electronic music we have on the record and the most old,out-of-style music we have on the record." The band tookpointers from some of their biggest?although not overt. influences:Third Eye Blind's melodic song structures (on "But It's Better When We Do"), Queen's theatric instrumentation (on"Build God,Then We'll Talk") and Counting Crows' vivid and narrative lyrics (on "There's A Good Reason These Tables Are NumberedHoney, You Just Haven't Thought Of It Yet"). "Youwouldn't hear our record and say, 'Hmmm, these guys are influenced byFleetwood Mac or Counting Crows, 'but those are our favorite bands," insists Spencer.

It's this split-brain approach to songwriting that has resonated with listeners young and old. The band has scored big withPureVolume (continually being on the site's Top 10 SignedBands chart) and MySpace (reaching #1 on the indie charts), andwhen they returned to Las Vegas after recording, they played a hometown show (actually, the band's first live concertever)and over two hundred people showed up. The boys' parents, especially Ryan's father, realized the band was more than just afleeting hobby and eventually became card-carryingmembers of Panic! At The Disco's fan club.

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3
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2011

3.4
478 Votes
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2008

2.9
819 Votes
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2005

3.1
1,643 Votes
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2014

3.2
6 Votes
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iTunes Live Session
2011

3.5
1 Votes
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2008

3.3
37 Votes
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2006

2.5
2 Votes

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