But You Tube's bigger than anything in the world anyway. Am I going to love the new one for "Nine in the Afternoon" as much? Smith: It's definitely the most interactive video that we've ever been in. We just don't like going on stage with skull bandanas and ripped jeans and cut-off t-shirts showing off our muscles.
In the first couple videos we made, Brendon was really the only person in it. And there are more colors in it than we've ever seen. More time spent filming than any of the other videos had the budget for before.
I’d totally make out with his face.” Urie said he’d have no qualms about having a threesome with Gosling.
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Brendon had this little character he was for the whole show. Smith: Also the interaction between band members is something you don't see as much as you used to. It was uncomfortable, because there's not a lot of room, but...
“This whole album was written at my house where she and I live and it reflects very much the lifestyle I was living [while writing it], which is so different from who I used to be,” Brendon explains. Brendon admits that he gets more comfortable and candid with his songwriting with each album, and the new album is full of stories that are all “confessional.” For him, the concept of “ I never thought I was able to let go of the past,” he shares candidly. I mean, there's so many things that are involved, it’s just been a smorgasbord of craziness for 10 years…
We ended up buying some synths and messing around with them for months before working on the album. Are you still friends with Ryan Ross and Jon Walker? We are super psyched for them and they’re stoked for us. What do you do for fun when you’re not playing music? I sat down with Rob Mathes [who produced 2008’s Pretty.
I’m definitely glad to say that, yes, we are still friends. We live close to each other and we’ve hung out a few times — gone to dinner, grabbed some drinks. Friendship was really important to us when we split. When we first moved to California from Las Vegas we got into surfing. Odd and has worked with artists ranging from Jay-Z to Lou Reed to Carly Simon] and he said, ‘If you really want to write then it has to sound like you.’ I took his advice.
We said, ‘We’re down to two people, so let’s push out as many ideas as we can.’ It was easy having an idea and explaining it to just one other person. None of them made the record, but we still had an awesome time.
(You can also watch the interview in the player above.) “This is just a signal of a new era where I’m finding myself as a producer and as a songwriter,” he continues, “and just figuring out how to come into my own still, which is really exciting.” VIDEO: Carly Rae Jepsen Reacts To Those Taylor Swift Comparisons Brendon is the only member of Panic! Ryan Ross and bassist Jon Walker cut ties with Panic! and that was really talking about me as a single guy -- and now I’m married.” “It’s just really cool to look back and be like, ‘wow, that’s so weird,'" he adds. it’s kind of a throwback to it.” VIDEO: One Direction's 'Perfect' New Single Is Obviously About Taylor Swift -- See The Proof!
But don’t worry -- Brendon is still the same party-throwing, ringleader, bag of fun that he’s always been – and says this album will document some of his wildest memories.
’s upcoming tour, and the personal meaning of the LP’s title, Vices and Virtues. Probably “Sarah Smiles,” which is about my girlfriend, actually, as sappy as that is. We’ve always wanted to mess around with new ideas, arrangements, and instruments. What was the hardest thing about writing the new album without two of Panic! We had always written with the four of us, so it was a matter of coming out of that comfort zone.
When I met her I wrote this song to try and impress her. I played it for her and we’ve been dating ever since. I was able to build up my confidence to write a song and try to woo her. There are synthesizers and keyboards, marimbas, and strings. We haven’t talked about anything specifically, but if we take a break and meet up later that would be cool. [Ryan and Jon] left and we were like, ‘What do we want to do? I kept thinking, ‘What are people going to think about this song? ’ I didn’t think of myself as a lyricist and I was apprehensive about it.