After rolling out singles “Halleluljah,” “Victorious” and “Emperor’s New Clothes,” Panic! at the Disco have announced their fifth studio album Death of a Bachelor, to be released on January 15th via DCD2/Fueled by Ramen.
“When I was a little kid and I heard a song I liked on TV, I would jump up and run to the piano to try and figure it out by ear,” sole member Brendon Urie wrote to fans on Facebook. “When I was 10 or 11, I built myself a drum kit in the garage made out of empty laundry detergent buckets, old lawn chairs, pain cans and old trash cans. Around that time, my parents got me my first guitar. A baby acoustic. I jumped between all of these instruments constantly to satisfy the ideas I heard in my head. At this young age, I realized that music would play a huge part in my life. I had no idea.”
Death of a Bachelor will be the first Panic! at the Disco album without founding member and drummer Spencer Smith, leaving only Urie. Smith officially departed in April of this year following two years on hiatus after his struggles with drug and alcohol abuse. On Facebook, Urie explained the title and how it connected to his solitude in recording the new album.
“Death of a Bachelor is in honor of those times I spent alone as a kid,” he wrote. “Allowing music to consume me. Playing everything myself just to get the idea right and out of my head. It’s a beginning to a new era. And an homage to how it all began. This album is me. Running to the piano. Building a drum kit. Strumming a guitar. Some things never change.”
Smith formed Panic! At the Disco with former member Ryan Ross. Together with Urie, they released their baroque-emo debut album, 2005’s A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out. Bassist Jon Walker joined for the more acoustic, Beatles-inspired Pretty. Odd. in 2008 before Ross and Walker left the band due to creative differences. Together, Urie and Smith released two albums as a duo, including 2013’s Too Weird to Live, Too Rare to Die!