Scene kids rejoice! Grammy-nominated Panic! at the Disco returned on March 21 with two brand new singles straight from its sixth studio album, “Pray for the Wicked,” set to be released on June 22.
The first single, “Say Amen (Saturday Night),” is a true alt-power ballad. Brendon Urie’s soothing voice flows over striking horn riffs, encouraging you to get up and dance with your friends on – you guessed it – a Saturday night. The post-bridge chorus of the song, in which Urie effortlessly glides over notes higher than all of our GPAs combined, is swoon-worthy.
“(Fuck A) Silver Lining,” the second released single, combines elements of Panic!’s latest two albums, “Too Weird to Live, Too Rare to Die!” and “Death of a Bachelor,” for a jazzy-techno combo that makes you only want to see the hopeful side of the things. Near the end of the song, Urie references his new one-man role in the band by alluding to Queen Bey’s rise to solo stardom post-Destiny’s Child. We love a legend stanning another legend.
Starting March 19, Panic! traveled the country performing secret pop-up shows, all of which sold out before doors opened. Cities spanned from Santa Ana, California, to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, with the last show held in San Antonio, Texas. It was during these shows that the band revealed its first touring female bassist, Nicole Row, who is set to replace Dallon Weekes on its upcoming North American summer tour.
Panic! will visit 28 cities in promotion of its new album, none of which, sadly, are New Orleans. Special guests will include Voodoo Music + Arts Experience alum Hayley Kiyoko and the rock band A R I Z O N A.
Search any video of Brendon Urie singing live, including his almost-perfect cover of “Bohemian Rhapsody” by Queen, and you will see that this is not a performance you’ll want to miss. Beyond just an opportunity to witness Urie’s angelic voice (and angelic face), his live performances are a blood-thumping experience that you will never want to end.