It goes without saying, but we’ll do it anyway. We will never grow tired of Brendon Urie. When he joined Panic! At The Disco in 2004, he was a charismatic conduit for band founder Ryan Ross‘ songs. When Ross and bassist Jon Walker split to form the Young Veins, Urie and drummer Spencer Smith kept the ship sailing. When Smith departed in 2015, Urie was the last man standing. His trajectory from employee to CEO at the Disco is rarer than an honest politician.
Rarer still is the amount of artistic growth Urie achieved. The stylistic jump between Vices And Virtues and the supreme reset of Too Weird To Live, Too Rare To Die? Massive. With the second-hand ’60s and ’70s trappings of the early records discarded, Urie was a clean slate. He had a Frank Sinatra tattoo and a tight band that was going change people’s minds about his past and what his future would be. As much as he might seek to achieve EGOT status, he’s in no hurry.
After Brendon Urie put his chimney-sweep drag and Beatles affectations away, everything changed. But no one expected he’d go from Ol’ Blue Eyes to proclaiming his love for the harder stuff. Seriously, teaming up with Buffalo, New York, hardcore institution Every Time I Die on “It Remembers”? That’s some licking flames against your feet, hater. Then we realized: Brendon Urie has been hardcore for a while. And we gathered all the evidence in this video.
We’re not going to give anything more away. You can watch the clip and see for yourself. The same guy who can duet with the planet’s biggest pop star can shear his throat lining with the burliest dudes. Simply put, Brendon Urie is more subversive and hardcore than all of us.