Panic at the Disco were so pumped with how their video for “Nine in the Afternoon” turned out — you can see it for yourself on Sunday (February 10) at 9:00 p.m. ET on MTV.com — that they decided to film a whole new video the very next day.
“The day after our video premieres, we’re shooting a new video,” bassist Jon Walker laughed recently, while lounging by the pool at the Orlando, the newest entrant in Los Angeles’ ongoing luxury-hotel arms race. “That’s how the music industry works, boys and girls.”
Indeed it is. So Panic will spend Sunday night at the Grammys, where they’re nominated in the, uh, prestigious Best Boxed or Special Limited-Edition Package category for the deluxe, phenakistoscope-enhanced version of A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out they released in November 2006 . (“We got one nomination, for an un-televised award,” drummer Spencer Smith said. “So we’re gonna clean up.”) And come Monday, they’ll get to work on the clip for “That Green Gentleman,” teaming up once again with director Alan Ferguson.
“Yeah, we’re working with good old Alan. The treatment is pretty out of this world. It has to do with those Russian [nesting] dolls that you have when you’re a kid,” guitarist Ryan Ross explained. “You have a big one, and you take the top off and there’s a smaller one, and a smaller one. And it never ends. There’s young versions of us in the video, like, us as children in the video. Us as toddlers, running around, flying kites.”
“Luckily enough, when we were kids,” Walker added, “we filmed the first section of this video, so we —”
“We dusted it off,” Ross laughed. “Jon’s mom had a bunch of old VHS tapes, from back when he was still running around, still pooping the pants.”
Sounds messy, dudes! But just what does it have to do with the song? Well, much like the video for “Nine in the Afternoon,” pretty much nothing. Which is sort of how the guys wanted it.
“We wrote the song together, musically and lyrically,” Ross said. “I think more than ‘Nine in the Afternoon,’ it was more of a statement about us. Saying that things have changed. One of those feel-good songs we wrote in a few hours and liked the feeling it captured.”
“It’s got a real ‘Master of Puppets’ vibe to it,” Walked joked. “It’s pretty heavy.”
Cool. So before you guys get all Russian-doll on us, any plans for enjoying the post-Grammy party scene?
“There’s a few parties. We never really get invited to hang out at them,” Ross said. “Also, who knows if [20-year-old frontman Brendon Urie] will be able to go. He doesn’t like to test his luck. He only just got a fake ID from his cousin.”