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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 FeverYouCan'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 tobeoutdone,neighborhood palSpencer Smith begged hisparents for a drum set so the duo could start jamming. "Really, fromthatfirst year [playinginstruments], all we really didw ...read more

Some bands spend their whole careers just hoping to produce an album as complex, cohesive and creative as A FeverYouCan'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 tobeoutdone,neighborhood palSpencer Smith begged hisparents for a drum set so the duo could start jamming. "Really, fromthatfirst year [playinginstruments], all we really didwas cover Blink 182 songs," remembers Spencer, laughing.Thebandeventually matured, moved on from all thesmall things and recruited classmatesBrent Wilson and Brendon Urie on bassandvocals, 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 inSpencer'sgrandmother's living room andbegan crafting the songs that would eventually maketheir wayonto A Fever You Can't Sweat Out. Withtheir flair forexperimental instrumentation and intimately observant lyrics,itwasn'tlong before the band sparked the interest of Fall Out Boy'sPete Wentz, whobrought the band to Decaydance/FueledByRamen, a label with a green thumb for new talent. "Wereally clicked with[Decaydance/Fueled By Ramen]andtheyunderstood what we wanted to do as a band," Ryan explains. "They gave us a lot of freedom to dowhat wouldmakeushappywith our music..

Soon after signing, things got serious and started moving forward at a rapid pace. Spencer and Brent finished highschoolthrough distanceeducation;Brendon was taking classesduring the day, practicing at night and barely scraping by hissenioryear; and Ryan decided to leavecollege at the end ofhis freshman year, causing a huge rift between him andhisfamily."When I told my dad I wanted to drop out and writemusic, he definitely flipped out.It was a battle between mebeing happyand doing what would make him happy." So minustheblessing of onefather, the four friends packed up, lefthomefor the firsttime and headed east to College Park, Maryland, to record their debut album withfamed producer MattSquire(Thrice,Northstar, TheReceiving 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 thatdidn'thappen, the bandcame up withthe concept to divide the albumin two halves: the first being futuristic, complete withdrummachines and synthesizers, and thesecond being nostalgic,complete with Vaudevillian piano and accordion. "Itwastooextremes of influence being put next to each other: the mostelectronic music we have onthe record and the mostold,out-of-style music we have on the record." The band tookpointers from some of theirbiggest?although not overt?influences:Third Eye Blind's melodic song structures (on "But It's Better When We Do"), Queen's theatricinstrumentation(on"Build God,Then We'llTalk") and Counting Crows' vivid and narrative lyrics (on "There's A Good Reason These TablesAreNumberedHoney, You Just Haven't Thought Of ItYet"). "Youwouldn't hear our record and say, 'Hmmm, these guys areinfluencedbyFleetwood Mac or Counting Crows, 'but those are our favoritebands," insists Spencer.

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

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