"This album is me coming to terms with the new man I’ve become" - hmv.com talks to Panic! At The Disco
As his new album Death Of A Bachelor hits CD shelves (you can preview and purchase the album on the right-hand side of the page) we sat down with Panic! At The Disco mainman Brendon Urie to find out all about the making of the record, doing so for the first time without any bandmates and his plans to take it out live...
When did you start work on Death of a Bachelor?
"I got started in around April 2015."
This is the first album you’ve worked on entirely by yourself? How did you find the experience?
"I loved it. I had just bought a piano and had my first small-scale studio built, so I had a blast running between the two."
Have you played all the instruments? Or did you get a few friends into help?
"I played everything but the horns. I love jumping from instrument to instrument."
How did you want the album to move on from Too Weird To Live, Too Rare To Die?
"My perspectives had all changed from the last album. I had different things I wanted to talk about on Death Of A Bachelor."
You worked with Jake Sinclair on the album, what does he give you as a producer?
"Jake is one of my most talented friends. We’re similar in humor and work ethic, but come from different musical backgrounds. He shows me different ways of looking at music, and vice versa."
What kind of album is this lyrically? Is there a common thread or topic?
"I’d say the common thread through this album is me coming to terms with the new man I’ve become since this band started. I’m fond of the past, yet immensely excited for the future."
Where did the title come from?
"Death Of A Bachelor came from the lyrics in the chorus. It signified exactly who I felt I was during this process."
How do you find picking out a live setlist these days? You’ve got a lot of songs to choose from?
"It’s awesome having more songs to choose from. Easier to fill up a 90 minute set with a little taste from each era/album."
Which of the new songs are you most looking forward to playing live?
"'Don’t Threaten Me With A Good Time' and 'Emperor’s New Clothes' are two songs I’m very excited to play live. Sonically, they lend themselves to explosive, theatrical moments for the live set."
Panic! At The Disco's new album Death Of Bachelor is out now.