July 28, 2016


Panic! At The Disco Could Have Been a Hardcore Band, Says Brendon Urie

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Lloyd Bishop/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images

Panic! At The Disco is known for a pretty singular sound—it's poppy and catchy, and really anything but hardcore punk. But frontman Brendon Urie claims that Panic! very nearly became a hardcore band, according to a recent interview he gave to Alternative Press. 

Back in his high school days, Urie was enamored with bands like Every Time I Die and Underoath, and he wanted to emulate their styles.

He told the AP about his first hardcore show, which was an inspiring moment: 

“Kids were just moshing, hitting each other in the face and then hugging each other...I was like, ‘This is amazing. This is incredible. This is the coolest scene I have seen in my life. I want to be a part of this.’”

But hardcore kids were kind of flakes, he explained. So forming a band in that vein was a hard task: 

"The moment I wanted to be in a band, I was in high school...I was like 15, and I wanted to start up hardcore bands. I had just found out what hardcore was, and I was all about it… We’d have a hardcore band for a week, and then we’d never meet up again for another band practice. It was that every week.”

Urie's history as a high school hardcore kid will be fully realized when Every Time I Die releases their new album Low Teens in September. Urie features on the record as a guest vocalist.

Next up, watch Urie give a tour of his bus in this throwback video: