Kerrang Meets Panic! At The Disco 4 Music Special Review 

Some time ago, whilst I was aimlessly scrolling through Panic! At The Disco interviews, I fortunately came across a video that was extremely relevant to recent events. This so happened to be an almost glorious hour long recording, in which Kerrang along side 4 music, inimitably interviewed Brendon Urie of Panic! essentially putting questions to him about his home life, London, live performing and ‘Death Of A Bachelor’ in an open discussion style. Plus incorporating footage from the concert in London back in January from O2 Academy Brixton, which indeed I attended which indefinitely influenced this idea in the form of a review. 

“I’m moving forward as a Panic! 2.0” – Brendon Urie (Panic! At The Disco)

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Man of Panic! At The Disco, Brendon Urie and Alex Baker during an interview backstage at O2 Academy Brixton in London

Towards the first half of the video, it was predominantly interview based with the exception of during intervals a selection of Panic! At The Disco’s most renowned music videos were displayed. Opening undeniably with ‘I Write Sins Not Tragedies’ and coming to a close before the appearance of live concert footage back from that ever so cold night back in January with ‘Lying Is The Most Fun A Girl Can Have Without Taking Her Clothes Off’ which was one song, paired with ‘New Perspective’ that surely surprised me the most on the setlist for the concert. Also by breaking up the interview through using music videos for me, was a brilliant ideal because it made the interview less intense and elongated, which kept me hooked on wanting to see the next part of the continuation of the interview backstage.

“I moved to drums and I fell in love with it immediately because I could do four things at once, it was awesome.” – Brendon Urie (Panic! At The Disco)

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Urie on stage during rehearsals and sound check in preparation for the performance at Brixton

During the interview segments, what made as a viewer watching the interview so entertaining and enjoyable was the fact that it was so careless, carefree and calm across all questions being put to Brendon. My favourite question directed at him would have to of been when he was asked by interviewer Alex Baker. “Why particularly London, is it always a good place to play shows?” followed up by Urie’s gracious response being: “I will never forget the first time we played Brixton and coming back here, it has been nine years and I have some of my favourite morgues in London. I met some of the best people here, some of the greatest fans, I’ve done some great listening parties for albums. I’ve just had this infinity with London that I think happened because it’s the first place that I came out of the states.” To hear such an honest response like that especially that concerns for me my hometown, is defiantly very humbling and reassuring to hear.

“Don’t bored us, get to the chorus.” – Brendon Urie (Panic! At The Disco)

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Brendon answering questions directed towards himself

Moving swiftly on to pre-concert and rehearsal footage, this gave the visual opportunity to envision being in the shoes of ultimately Panic! At The Disco or in other words Brendon Urie, when preparing in the run up to the live music performance at O2 Academy Brixton. The technique that provided this vision was the precise camera angles and shots showed in the video this blog post is based upon. Wide angle, panning of the camera and landscape shots were commonly seen within this section. However the camera angles that differentiated the difference between being a viewer to having the vision of seeing things from Urie’s perspective, was point of view and over the shoulder shots. By simply incorporating in depth camera work, this helped enhance and characterise the video as a whole unquestionably giving this video a positively review. 

“If there is an inside joke I like, like I’m not as think as you drunk I am I thought it was so funny. I gotta use that, that’s a lyric I need to use.” – Brendon Urie (Panic! At The Disco)

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Moments before doors opened for Panic! At The Disco’s first show of the new year held right here in London

One last segment that I found entrancing about this particular interview based video was the incorporation of a selection of Brendon’s musical influences and in general artists he is currently listening to. Artists such as David Bowie, Queen, Kendrick Lamar and Ever Time I Die had brief mentions entangled within the video. This is appealing because it demonstrates that this video was not fully concentrated around Panic! but Urie’s musical preferences also had time to shine, which helps fans to gain a deeper understanding to Brendon still musically, but outside of what he does as a profession. Whilst we are along the lines of fans, they were too combined in this which was pleasant to see because it immediately builds that paramount connection and teamwork between artist and fanbase which in the music industry, is crucial to sustain. Also because it was genuinely cold on the night of this concert it was great to see that the fans were being appreciated. This is coming from me first hand. It was a cold winters night! 

“I’ve just had this infinity with London that I think happened because it’s the first place that I came here out of the states.” – Brendon Urie (Panic! At The Disco)

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The interview continued on the balcony inside the venue just before the concert kicked off later that evening

Through watching this video, accompanied with experiencing the concert in reality, it was amazing to view both perspectives seeing that the combination of interviews, backstage and pre-concert montage, in addition to all my personal memories and experiences from the show, as a result it made up the ultimate concert experience. 

If you have not yet seen the video for when the people over at Kerrang met Panic! At The Disco, then simply follow the link below and enjoy all the amazingness the video has to offer.

Our friends over at Kerrang met Panic! At The Disco – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s521-0eu5Gw&edufilter=na&safe=active

Hope all you readers enjoyed this post. Another Panic! related post that will be coming up within the next couple of weeks will be another review of the Death Of A Bachelor vinyl that I greatfully received last week. So keep tuned for that if you would like to. I promise it is going to be a great post.

 

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