By: Alexandrea van Huizen
Panic! at the Disco has returned and we can't be more excited. The band will release their fourth studio album titled 'Too Weird to Live, Too Rare to Die!' on October 8, 2013. However, they've already released two singles off the album, 'Miss Jackson' and 'This is Gospel' and we cannot get enough of them!
'Miss Jackson' is the first single off the album which features guest vocals from 'Lolo'. 'Miss Jackson' is titled after Janet Jackson and references her hit song 'Nasty' with the line, 'Miss Jackson, are you nasty?' According to lead singer Brendon Urie:
"'Miss Jackson' is about something that actually happened to me when I was younger. I hadn't really talked about it, and I felt that if I didn't, I would keep thinking about it, it would drive me crazy. When I was younger, I would mess around; I'd sleep with one girl one night, sleep with her friend the next night, and not care about how they felt, or how I made them feel. And then it happened to me and I realised 'Wow, that's what that feels like? I feel really shitty.' I knew I had to change, because I didn't want to feel that way again, or make other people feel that way. So I wrote the song. It's based off someone who is real, though I don't think they would know it. They might suspect it, and if they figure it out, I'd love to talk to them about it."
'this is gospel'
The second single off the album, 'This is Gospel', was released on August 12, 2013, same day as the music video. In the video, vocalist Brendon Urie is seen to be struggling, trying to break free. There have been talks about this song being written about the alcohol and drug addictions faced by fellow bandmate, Spencer Smith. Whether or not this song was really written about Smith remains a mystery as there have been no official word from the band yet.
Like most of P!ATD's songs, both singles come from a very personal place and it is extremely important that fans get to see the real them being portrayed in their videos and from their lyrics. Taken from the band's official website, Urie writes a heartwarming post about fellow band member, Spencer Smith. Urie went on to say,
"And I wrote as sincerely and honestly as I could for this album. I didn't want to hold anything back. No one was telling me what I could and couldn't say. This was my diary and the pages were filled with confessions. About everything. About my story. What I had gone through and what I was going through. I kept writing and never really stopped."
It's unfortunate that Spencer will not be touring with the band but we wish him well and hope he makes a full recovery soon. I'm sure the fans have not been disappointed by both songs and like us, can't wait for the whole album to be released.
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