Following Panic! At the Disco's loss of drummer Spencer Smith (a.k.a. the outfit's last original member), the theatrical rockers have revealed the first taste of the current lineup—longtime frontman Brendon Urie and current keyboardist/bassist Dallon Weekes—via the new single "Hallelujah."
With its religious undertones, the track recalls 2013 single "This Is Gospel," but the laid-back vocal approach feels like a nod to "Nine in the Afternoon" from 2008. It's a breezy enough tune to blast throughout spring and summer while the lyrics, in true P!ATD style, are disparate phrases of young love and self-discovery. Urie sings:
I love the things you hate about yourself
Just finished a daydream, who were you trying to be?
And the time for being sad is over and you miss them like you miss no other
And being blue is better than being over it
Brendon wrote a letter to the fans (or "fellow sinners," as he calls them here—think they get along with Lady Gaga's Little Monsters?) to thank them for sticking with the band throughout the years. Read it in full below:
Hello my fellow sinners,
First off, thank you. Thank you for always being there. For speaking your mind. For following what you believe. For allowing me to grow. For granting me the opportunity to live my dream. Words simply can't express my full appreciation and gratitude for you.
As I begin what feels like a new chapter of my life, I'm filled with immense excitement and a fresh sense of hope. I've seen this band through every phase, every change, every hardship. And yet my appreciation and love grows with every breath.
So I lift my arms in praise of your greatness. YOU are great. YOU are beautiful. YOU are talented, and smart, and kind, and loving, and generous, and simply amazing.
And you make me want to scream "HALLELUJAH!" from the top of my lungs with every bit of fervor and strength I possess. And I invite you to join me as you have over and over again.
So Hallelujah, my fellow sinners. Hallelujah.
With a strong new single for spring that plays off some of their past hits, it looks like Panic! will at least be able to keep longtime fans happy even as the band is looking even more and more like a solo act.