Don’t Panic! At The Disco’s Brendon Urie and Spencer Smith are soldiering on 

It was a startling move that fans certainly didn’t see coming.

Panic! At The Disco’s founding guitarist (and key songwriter) Ryan Ross and bassist Jon Walker recently ditching the group — and brand name — to explore a more California-rock sound as The Young Veins.

You could only shake your head sadly for the two musicians left behind, poor vocalist Brendon Urie and drummer Spencer Smith. Surely it would be the coffin-nailing end of this Vegas emo outfit, right?


Urie — whose quirky nasal drone characterized the group — and Smith soldiered on as a duo, started writing punk-poppy new material, and have just rebounded with a jubilant new single, “The Ballad Of Mona Lisa,” complemented by a grainy steampunk-powered video directed by Shane Drake. And the forthcoming album, “Vices & Virtues” (which hits on March 29) was produced by none other than that ace powerpop Svengali, Butch Walker, giving it even more street cred. And if you haven’t heard “Ballad” yet — basically a delicate music-box melody buttressed by gargantuan handclap percussion — check it out here and tip your bowler derby to these comeback kids.

About The Author

Tom Lanham

Pin It

Speaking of...

More by Tom Lanham

Latest in Pop Music & Jazz

© 2018 The San Francisco Examiner

Website powered by Foundation