Panic! releases new singles

By Haley Galvin

Panic! At The Disco released two singles March 21, “Silver Lining” and “Say Amen (Saturday Night),” that are fresh and upbeat and create excitement for their album to come.

As with their 2016 album “Death of a Bachelor,” “Silver Lining” has a slight Frank Sinatra undertone with strong trumpets in the background and a slow rhythmic introduction. Once the introduction fades, the beat picks up with fast and heavy drum and guitar beats. This beat, along with the repetitive and catchy chorus, gives the song an overall exciting tone.

“Say Amen (Saturday Night)” starts off with a more techno keyboard tone that is quite unusual for the band, but this changes into a powerful rock beat as the first verse begins. During the chorus, lead singer Brendon Urie belts each lyric with passion and his signature high notes thrown in toward the end. The song features a vibrant tempo with strong lyrics and instruments, making it perfect for a Saturday night party.

These singles come in light of Panic!’s sixth studio album “Pray for the Wicked,” which is set to be released June 22. The songs set up a hopeful idea of what the new album has in store for listeners.

Since 2005, when their first album “A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out” came out, Panic! has evolved in many ways, expanding their musical reach. The music was originally classic pop rock with heavy guitar and keyboard, such as in their staple song “I Write Sins Not Tragedies.” It embodied everything they were at the time with the pop rock vibe they were trying to achieve and a unique message that set them apart from others. It did not center around love or loss. It was simply about the truth and tragedy of life, and it became what the band built off of with the rest of their music.

Over the years, the band has certainly changed with Urie being the only original member left in the band. This has also caused the sound to change as well. The biggest change can be seen when comparing “Death of a Bachelor” with their original album. This album has a very classic 1930s vibe that was inspired by Frank Sinatra. This sound is present throughout the album and seems to be an underlying theme for the band’s music to come.

With two new singles out reflecting a similar direction for the band, anticipation rises for Panic!’s “Pray for the Wicked.”