Rolling Stone got to chat a bit with Panic! at the Disco about their next album.
For their second album, everything is different: The band is writing songs on acoustic guitars, not on computers. And even though the group members have a far higher budget at their disposal than the $10,000 they spent on the first one, they’re recording the album live in the studio. “We do take after take until we get it right,” Ross says. “It’s a lot harder, but it’s making us play better.” They were still in high school when they recorded Fever, and it seems like they’re faintly embarrassed by it: “I think that everybody kind of changes a lot between the time they’re seventeen and when they’re twenty-one or twenty-two,” says Ross.
I don’t know how I feel about this. Excited and slightly scared I guess. Part of what made me fall in love with the band was the mix between rock and electronic sounds and the fact that the songs made you want to dance. “Time To Dance”, my favorite song of Fever, is a perfect example of this. It sounded really good when I first heard their album back in February of ‘06 and it still does today. I’m not so sure how I feel about them straying away from their original sound.
The group cemented its current direction with a song called “Nine in the Afternoon.” “It’s influenced by the music our parents listened to: the Beach Boys, the Kinks, the Beatles,” says Ross. “Our new songs are more like classic rock than modern rock. We got older and started listening to different music – and this seems like the natural thing to do right now.”
I must say that I think “Nine in the Afternoon” sounded pretty good from the live performance I’ve watched/listened to on Youtube, but I’m still not completely convinced. Dear PATD, please don’t let me and all your other fans down.