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Brendon  Urie’s  mind  is  continuously  swarming  with  music.  The  musician  and  mastermind  behind  Panic!  

at  the  Disco,  didn’t  want  there  to  be  a  gap  between  his  last  album,  2013’s  Too  Weird  To  Live,  Too  Rare  

To  Die!,  and  its  successor,  Death  of  a  Bachelor  (DCD2/Fueled  By  Ramen).  After  finishing  touring  on  

Panic!’s  last  release,  Urie  found  his  mind  racing,  filled  with  ideas  for  new  songs  and  took  only  a  few  

weeks  off  before  heading  into  the  studio  again.  The  musician  installed  a  piano  in  his  living  room  and  

wrote  there  constantly,  with  his  starting  point  being  Frank  Sinatra,  an  artist  Urie  has  admired  since  

childhood.  “As  I’ve  gotten  older  I’ve  gained  a  deeper  appreciation  for  the  people  that  wrote  the  songs  

for  him,”  Urie  says.  “And  for  his  use  of  his  voice  and  the  way  he  had  to  relate  to  everything.  I  wanted  

springboard  off  that  and  take  cues  from  jazz  as  I  wrote  the  music.”  


The  first  song  Urie  penned  was  gospel-­‐infused  “Hallelujah,”  which  was  released  as  a  single  in  April.  He  

wasn’t  necessarily  writing  specifically  for  an  album  at  the  time,  but  once  the  song  emerged  it  became  

clear  that  it  was  the  beginning  of  something  good.  The  track  arrived  easily  to  Urie  and  he  took  that  as  a  

cue  as  he  continued  writing.  “It  set  the  tone  for  the  whole  process,”  he  says.  “I  wanted  to  take  a  laid-­‐

back  approach.  I  realized  that  you  don’t  need  to  spend  all  of  the  time  on  one  song.  I  used  to  run  into  

that  problem  all  the  time,  where  I  would  sit  and  stew  over  a  song,  wanting  to  make  it  even  better.  This  

time  I  had  more  appreciation  for  what  came  out.”  


For  Urie,  what  came  out  on  Death  of  a  Bachelor  is  a  deeply  personal  statement.  It’s  both  an  expression  

of  the  person  he  has  become  and  an  inherent  internal  battle  as  the  musician  grapples  with  growing  into  

himself.  The  title  references  Urie’s  surprise  that  his  relationship  with  Panic!  at  the  Disco  is  by  far  his  

longest.  In  a  way,  he’s  married  to  the  band  and  its  many  devoted  fans.  That  commitment,  aided  by  the  

support  of  those  followers,  has  pushed  him  into  a  new  life  and  a  fresh  approach.  “It’s  a  very  intimate  

record,”  Urie  notes.  “It’s  me  overcoming  the  past  and  bringing  up  this  new  era  and  presenting  it  in  that  

way.  It  felt  like  I  came  into  my  own  this  time  around.”  


The  album  opens  another  chapter  for  Urie  in  a  lot  of  ways,  especially  as  it’s  his  first  release  since  the  

departure  of  bandmate  Spencer  Smith.  For  that  reason,  Death  of  a  Bachelor  truly  reflects  Urie’s  own  

journey.  After  paying  homage  to  his  Las  Vegas  roots  on  Too  Weird  To  Live,  Too  Rare  To  Die!,  here  Urie  

shifts  his  focus  to  his  current  home  of  Los  Angeles,  reveling  his  love  for  the  California  city.  “LA  Devotee,”  

a  buoyant  pop-­‐rock  anthem,  centers  on  this  idea.  “It’s  the  darkness  of  winding  roads  around  the  hills  

where  I  live,”  Urie  says.  “Late  nights  drinking  wine  with  friends  near  a  fire.  There  are  so  many  little  

communal  things  that  warm  me  up  to  the  town.  It’s  become  this  beautiful  diamond  in  the  rough.”  


The  rest  of  the  album’s  tracks  vary  in  tone  and  theme,  exploring  Urie’s  interest  in  Sinatra  alongside  his  

love  for  Queen.  “Victorious,”  a  surging  pop  number,  is  an  anthemic  battle  cry,  urging  celebration  and  

revelry.  It  echoes  the  musician’s  desire  to  become  victorious  in  his  own  work  and  the  driving  force  of  

energy  to  propel  him  forward  is  infectious.  “Crazy=Genius”  is  a  swinging,  theatrical  romp,  infused  with  

raucous  horns  –  the  sort  of  song  you  imagine  as  the  soundtrack  to  a  roaring  ‘20s  party.  “Death  of  a  

Bachelor,”  the  soulful  and  crooning  title  track  is  a  jazzy  tribute  to  “I’ve  Got  The  World  on  a  String.”  Urie  

takes  those  inspirations  even  further  on  album  closer  “Impossible  Year,”  a  lovely,  poignant  ballad  that  

strips  away  everything  except  the  singer’s  voice,  his  piano  and  accompanying  horns.  It’s  sentimental  in  

the  best  possible  way,  which  was  something  Urie  wanted  to  achieve  on  the  album.  Overall,  Death  of  a  

Bachelor  is  grandiose  and  triumphant,  an  undeniable  collection  of  songs  that  both  allude  to  the  past  and  

create  a  uniquely  contemporary  sensibility.  


“I’m  always  trying  to  improve  as  a  vocalist,  as  a  producer  and  as  a  performer,”  Urie  says.  “I  want  to  see  

how  far  I  can  push  myself  because  that  way  you  can  end  up  in  a  spot  you  never  dreamed  possible.  Every  

album  I  feel  like  I’m  happier  and  happier  with  how  it’s  going,  but  I’m  never  fully  satisfied.  I  want  to  keep  

seeing  how  far  I  can  take  this  thing.  I’m  proud  that  this  band  is  this  progressing,  ever-­‐changing,  shape-­‐

shifting  project  that  I’ve  been  able  to  be  a  part  of  for  over  ten  years.  To  me,  that  feels  miraculous.”  


With  a  fervent  fanbase  that  has  established  the  band  as  a  social  media  powerhouse,  Panic!  At  The  Disco  

has  stayed  relevant  through  the  past  decade’s  ever-­‐shifting  music  industry.  The  internationally  

acclaimed  rock  band  has  accumulated  huge  accolades  over  the  past  ten  years,  including  going  double-­‐

platinum  on  2005's  A  Fever  You  Can't  Sweat  Out  and  debuting  at  No.  2  on  Billboard  with  both  2008’s  

Pretty.  Odd.  and  2013’s  Too  Weird  To  Live,  Too  Rare  To  Die!.  The  band’s  single  “Hallelujah”  has  

accumulated  over  nine  million  streams  on  Spotify  and  nearly  seven  million  plays  on  YouTube.  It’s  been  

Panic!’s  rabid,  loyal  fans  who  have  helped  cement  the  group  as  an  essential  one  and  allowed  them  to  

build  and  sustain  this  successful  career.  So  much  so  that  Urie  credits  the  fans  with  much  of  the  

inspiration  and  sound  for  Death  of  a  Bachelor.  



“I’m  at  where  I’m  at  because  people  are  still  into  what  I’m  doing,”  Urie  acknowledges.  “That  is  the  most  

validating  feeling  –  having  people  willingly  take  this  journey  with  me.  And  I’m  writing  this  music  because  

I  want  to  share  it  with  people  who  care  about  it  as  much  as  I  do.”  









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