A delicious cupcake and a glass of champagne to former Panic! at the Disco songwriter and current the Young Veins frontman Ryan Ross, who turns 24 years old today. Ross first made an impression on the music world as the chief songwriting brain behind Panic! at the Disco, and his theatrical, genre-bending take on pop-punk earned the band a huge following and turned their debut album A Fever You Can't Sweat Out into a multi-platinum smash. The band scored a string of huge singles and even took home an MTV Video Music Award for Video of the Year in 2006 for "I Write Sins Not Tragedies," besting superstars like Madonna, Christina Aguilera, Shakira and the Red Hot Chili Peppers.
Following a gigantic tour, the band settled in to record their second album Pretty. Odd., which saw the band indulge in a more psychedelic and hook-heavy version of their sound. Dissatisfied with the results, Ross decided to leave the band (along with bassist Jon Walker) in the spring of 2009 to form the Young Veins (who just dropped their debut album Take a Vacation! at the beginning of the summer). The Young Veins eschew the punkier sensibilities of Panic! at the Disco in favor of a '60s British invasion vibe, heavily influenced by early Beatles shuffles and Kinks-ian blues jams. It's catchy, groovy and fun, and the best evidence is the album's first single "Change," which also has a video that tips a hat to old television programs like "The Ed Sullivan Show." Turn it on, crank it up and wish Ross a happy birthday from your own remote part of the world.