Exclusive GRAMMY.com Interview With Brendon Urie
Brendon Urie, guitarist/frontman for the GRAMMY-nominated alternative rock collective Panic At The Disco, recently visited The Recording Academy's headquarters in Santa Monica, Calif., to participate in an exclusive GRAMMY.com interview. Urie discussed his newfound love for songwriting, the making of the video for Panic At The Disco's latest single "Girls/Girls/Boys" and the band's new album, Too Weird To Live, Too Rare To Die!, among other topics.
"It's very different for me individually, and also with the band," said Urie regarding Too Weird To Live, Too Rare To Die! "It's kind of been a journey with our band. Every record has been very, very different from one another [and] the dynamic has changed so much from year-to-year. This [album] … I feel most proud of."
Formed in 2005 in Las Vegas, Panic At The Disco comprises Urie, Spencer Smith (drums) and Dallon Weekes (bass). After inking a deal with Decaydance Records, headed by Fall Out Boy's Pete Wentz, Panic At The Disco released their debut album, A Fever You Can't Sweat Out, in 2005. The album peaked at No. 13 on the Billboard 200, featuring the Top 10 hit "I Write Sins Not Tragedies." Their sophomore effort, 2008's Pretty. Odd., peaked at No. 2 and garnered the band a GRAMMY nomination for Best Boxed Or Special Limited Edition Package at the 51st GRAMMY Awards. In 2011 they released Vices & Virtues, which peaked at No. 7 on the Billboard 200.
Released on Oct. 8, Too Weird To Live, Too Rare To Die! landed at No. 2 on the Billboard 200. The album features 10 tracks, including "This Is Gospel" and "Miss Jackson," the latter of which features New York singer Lolo. The video for their latest single "Girls/Girls/Boys" is an homage to the video for D'Angelo's 2000 GRAMMY-winning song "Untitled (How Does It Feel)."