Panic at the disco

2016 SAW THE DEATH OF A BACH­E­LOR, AND THE IN­TRO­DUC­TION OF A WHOLE NEW BREN­DON

Kerrang! (UK) - - My 2016 - BREN­DON URIE

WHAT’S THE CRA­ZI­EST THING THAT’S HAP­PENED TO YOU THIS YEAR, BREN­DON?

“I al­most got lit on fire dur­ing Bo­hemian Rhap­sody [at Slam Dunk fes­ti­val in May] – that was so crazy! We were pretty groggy and sleepy be­cause we had done two shows that morn­ing and I wasn’t re­ally feel­ing my­self, so I for­got about [the in­com­ing fire] ’til the last sec­ond. I’m hold­ing this high note and then I turn around and kinda see it out of the cor­ner of my eye as I’m singing, and I’m like,‘oh crap!’ So I had to jump up a lit­tle ear­lier than ex­pected just to get out of the way. I was so ner­vous [to head­line Slam Dunk]. I was like,‘i don’t know how this is gonna go… It’s our first time head­lin­ing a fes­ti­val and I don’t know what it’s like.’ I had talked to other bands who’d done it and they were like, ‘It is sooo much fun!’ But I can’t just take some­body’s word for it, so of course I was anx­ious. But I was floored by the re­sponse, it was so amaz­ing. Once we were fin­ished with that I kinda missed it, be­cause there were so many bands I was a fan of [play­ing]. It was such a cool line-up, with so many cool peo­ple.to be able to do some­thing like that… Oh my God.”

WHAT HAVE YOU LEARNED ABOUT YOUR­SELF THIS YEAR?

“I learned I can push my­self.at Slam Dunk we had to do [Ra­dio 1’s Big Week­end] in the morn­ing [of Slam Dunk Mid­lands], and then we had to run and fin­ish Slam Dunk, and we thought: a) we weren’t go­ing to make the call times to ac­tu­ally play the show, and b) that we weren’t go­ing to be able to play it phys­i­cally, be­cause we’d had no sleep – we were just talk­ing in tongues! This year I learned how to just do things bet­ter, like tour­ing bet­ter – you may have to sac­ri­fice a cou­ple things just to stay health­ier, but it’s gonna be so much bet­ter in the long run.and I think I learned the compromise of that. Give your­self a lit­tle bit of time to heal be­fore you party again, and maybe treat your­self a lit­tle bet­ter so you can per­form bet­ter for ev­ery­one else.”

WHAT’S CHANGED FOR YOU IN THE LAST YEAR?

“Hmmm… (Thinks for a while) I’m more pleased with how the per­for­mance has been go­ing in terms of the live show – I’m re­ally happy with my progress and our progress as a band. For me, I’m just pleased that it feels like all of the hard work is pay­ing off, in terms of im­me­di­ate re­ac­tion from the crowd. I re­ally en­joy get­ting that im­me­di­ate, vis­ceral, spon­ta­neous re­ac­tion from peo­ple.”

WHERE ARE YOU AT WITH LIFE IN GEN­ERAL, AT THE END OF 2016?

“I’m hav­ing a lot more fun with live shows – I never thought that would be pos­si­ble. I thought I would get tired af­ter a while. I talked to a lot of older artists and they say that they’re happy and stuff, but I’m sure it wears down on you.af­ter two or three decades it’s gotta be wear­ing you down! I just wanna keep the mo­men­tum go­ing – I love it! I wanna see what else I’m ca­pa­ble of and what else Panic! can do.and I men­tioned [in my Ker­rang! Guest Edit is­sue – K!1646] that I’d like to do Broad­way – it’d be fun to try other stuff.”

YOU ALSO WORKED ON SOME NEW MU­SIC THIS YEAR, RIGHT?

“yeah. I hung out with my buddy Jake Sin­clair [who pro­duced Death Of A Bach­e­lor]. It was good ’cause I had a cou­ple days off in Newyork and I just spent those days hang­ing with him and we caught up a lit­tle bit.we lis­tened to a cou­ple of new songs and I was like,‘what do you think about these?’ And he’s like,‘great! We should start work­ing on ’em!’ So now we’re in talks of fig­ur­ing out the lo­gis­tics of a stu­dio day to go and record stuff. I’m still work­ing, ac­tu­ally – when we’re done talk­ing here, I’m gonna work [on songs] for a few hours be­fore bed!”

WILL THESE SONGS BE FOR A NEW AL­BUM, PER­HAPS?

“What’s funny is I’m not even think­ing about an al­bum right now – I’m just think­ing about songs, and that’s usu­ally how it starts.this Is Gospel was [a song that started out as a sin­gle] but ended up on the al­bum af­ter­wards, as was Hal­lelu­jah.that hap­pens some­times, ’cause I just love songs. I get ex­cited by a three-and-a-half minute idea. If it ends up on the al­bum, great; if not, that’s fine. But I love work­ing. I’m al­ways ex­cited to make new mu­sic.”

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