At the beginning of 2008 Panic! At the Disco changed their name to Panic at the Disco for all subsequent albums and tours.
Panic At the Disco is a las vegas, nevada pop-rock band whose 2005 debut album A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out made the Billboard 200 album chart. The album has sold over one million copies (Platinum) since its September 2005 release.
The band was formed in Las Vegas by schoolmates Ryan Ross on guitar and Spencer Smith on drums. They recruited fellow schoolmates Brent Wilson on bass and Brendon Urie on vocals. Their name was taken from a line in the song Panic, in turn a reference to a song of the same name by The Smiths.
In order to get their music heard, the band posted a comment on Pete Wentz’s (of Fall Out Boy) livejournal linking him to their purevolume site. Pete Wentz drove out to Las Vegas, as he was so impressed by what he heard, in order to meet and hear them. He then brought them to the attention of Fueled by Ramen Records, who signed them while they were still in high school to Wentz’s imprint label Decaydance. They recorded their album in Bethesda, Maryland with producer Matt Squire, who had earlier produced Thrice, The Receiving End of Sirens, and Northstar.
The band attracted considerable publicity in the lead up to the release of the album with Spin magazine naming them as their band of the day in early October 2005. The band has also increased in popularity due to their online presence with PureVolume having them consistently in their Top 10 signed band list and reaching #1 on the MySpace chart.
When their first album A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out (2005) was released, it debuted at #112 on the Billboard 200 album charts, at #6 on the Billboard independent chart and at #1 on the Billboard heatseeker chart, with nearly 10,000 in first week sales. The band started their first North American tour, supporting Acceptance and other acts in September 2005, as well as label mates The Academy Is… in the United Kingdom in January 2006.
Panic at the Disco was featured on MTV’s TRL along with The Academy Is… on January 17, 2006, where they premiered their music video for I Write Sins Not Tragedies. It debuted at #10 on the TRL countdown, catapulting the album to the top of the Billboard independent chart and to #39 on the Billboard 200 in February 2006.
They have since also released their second and third videos: But It’s Better If You Do and Lying Is the Most Fun a Girl Can Have Without Taking Her Clothes Off.
Panic At The Disco have recently parted ways with bassist Brent Wilson and replaced him with Jon Walker, the ex-guitar tech from The Academy Is…. This was official as of May 2006.
Panic At The Disco’s new album, Pretty. Odd., leaked onto the internet in mid-March of 2008, at least a week before its scheduled release date.
In a recent interview, the band said “Emo is dead”. They got tired of all the bands coming out of the same genre as they were. So they changed their music style and gave up the synthesizers and electric guitars. And replaced them with trumpets and classical guitar.
On Pretty. Odd., each band member had at least one lyric. They all played different instruments and the singing was split between Brendon and Ryan with backup from Jon. Brendon played guitar in some of the tracks, and Ryan played harmonica. They all had different positions for different songs on Pretty. Odd. Pretty. Odd. was inspired by The Beatles and other older bands that Panic started listening to.