Panic! at the Disco want you to stop fixating on their boyish good looks. Seriously, all those adoring squeals are getting to be a bit much.
“It’s kind of disappointing and disgusting in a way, how some people are focusing on how we look,” guitarist Ryan Ross sighed. “I think a lot of those things we think are special — the way we dress, the things we put into our stage show — some fans don’t even realize that because they’re just drooling over [frontman] Brendon [Urie]. I feel like it taints the music.
“It’s a bummer to realize we’re in Teen Beat magazine and read some sh—y article they’ve written about us being an emo-punk band,” he continued. “I’ve seen those kids at the shows, I can hear them, and I can certainly tell the difference between one of our fans and a Fall Out Boy fan who’s just there because they heard we were hot.”
Given all that vitriol, it should come as no surprise that in Panic’s new video — for the song “Lying Is the Most Fun a Girl Can Have Without Taking Her Clothes Off” — they’ve chosen to downplay their looks, in a rather unusual way.
“We basically wanted to create a really surreal feeling. So [director] Travis Kopach had this idea where everyone would be wearing fish tanks on their heads,” Ross said. “There’s a girl walking down a street in this ’Pleasantville’ kind of town, and she comes up to a group of people staring at something. She breaks through the crowd and sees it’s a lover of hers, lying on the ground with his fish tank cracked. We play paramedics, and we take claw-footed bathtubs out of an ambulance and put people in them. And then we take them out to the ocean.”
Sounds, um, watery! And while the “Lying” video won’t be washing up onto shores until sometime in September, the guys in Panic are keeping plenty busy until then with a headlining tour that runs until the end of July (see “Panic! At The Disco Announce First Headlining North American Tour” ); another video, for “But It’s Better If You Do,” that’s just starting to make noise on the “TRL” countdown (see “Panic! At The Disco May Have Written Next Stripper Anthem” ); and, of course, a now-ubiquitous beef with the Killers.
It’s been well-documented that Killers frontman Brandon Flowers and Fall Out Boy bassist Pete Wentz don’t like each other very much, and in the past, Panic — who are signed to Wentz’s Decaydance Records — were able to remain on the periphery (see “Killers Get More Beef — This Time With Fall Out Boy” ). But now, with a platinum record to call their own, A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out, they’re front and center in the feud.
Last week, Flowers told British music mag NME that Panic are just beneficiaries of Fall Out Boy’s “happy emo funnel” (see “Killers, Fall Out Boy Heat Up The Beef Again; Wentz Calls Flowers ’Arch-Nemesis’ “ ), a statement that didn’t sit too well with Ross.
“I don’t understand why Brandon Flowers keeps taking shots at us,” Ross said. “Maybe he feels threatened, but he seems to be doing just fine on his own. It’s pretty dumb. I mean, we’re from the same town, and we’ve never met him. His comments don’t really bother me, I’m just curious as to why he puts so much effort into talking sh–.”