For those of you who don’t know, Panic At The Disco is a a pop rock/electronica band based out of Las Vegas, Nevada. This band is composed of Brendon Urie and his childhood friend, Spencer Smiths along with their schoolmate, Ryan Ross. The band was formed in Summerlin, Las Vegas, by childhood friends Ryan Ross on guitar and Spencer Smith on drums. When they were thirteen, the two played blink-182 covers in bands of different formations. They used the name of “Summer League.
How was the band discovered?
When they brought in Brent Wilson on bass and Brendon Urie on vocals and guitar, the band came up with the name ‘Panic! at the Disco.’ The band has stated that the name “Panic! at the Disco” comes from the song “Panic” by The Smiths but a more popular theory is that the name has its origins in the song “Panic” by Name Taken, which has a line Panic At The Disco.”
To promote their music, the band contacted Fall Out Boy bassist, Pete Wentz through LiveJournal, and sent him a link to their PureVolume site. Pete was so impressed that he took a trip to Las Vegas to meet the band in person. After seeing them practice in their garage, he asked if they would like sign with his Fueled by Ramen imprint label Decaydance.
Panic At The Disco’s Accomplishments
Panic At The Disco released their debut album A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out on September 27th 2005, while building up a fan base through PureVolume and MySpace. After being consistent in PureVolume’s top 10 signed artists, and reaching number one in MySpace’s indie charts, Panic! at the Disco were featured on MTV’s Total Request where they premiered their music video for “I Write Sins Not Tragedies.” Featuring Lucent Dossier Vaudeville Cirque and an eerie circus wedding theme. That video was featured at #10 on the TRL countdown which won the Video of the Year award at the 2006 MTV Video Music Awards. The single itself, released April 27th 2006, peaked at #7 in the US charts.
The Departure of Brent Wilson!
Unfortunately there were problems going on in the band. They had to let their bassist Brent Wilson go. The band officially announced the departure of Brent Wilson with a message on the band’s website on 17 May 2006. Brent has stated that the decision to leave was not his, and that he was fired without warning for monetary reasons, but the rest of the band denies this. Brent is now demanding a cut in royalties, and has threatened he will take his former band to court if it is necessary.