Nothing is better when you’re in the music industry than having your newest single be broadcasted to the world by one of your mentors and friends. That is exactly what happened to Las Vegas, pop rock band, Panic! At The Disco, on September 1, 2015, when Pete Wentz (Fall Out Boy bassist), premiered the new single, “Death Of A Bachelor,” on Apple Music. Since the 2011 album, Vices & Virtues, the band has been moving from their rock roots, to a more pop-rock sound, as heard on Too Weird To Live, To Rare To Die! ,which was released back in 2013. This movement is also shown in the two latest singles, “Hallelujah,” and “Death Of A Bachelor,” from the bands upcoming fifth album.
“Hallejuah,” was the first single released off the upcoming album, on April 20, 2015. This song starts off with a tune of champions, much like the infamous Rocky theme. Overlaying the introductory beat, is the phrase, “A moment you’ll never remember, and a night you’ll never forget.” That phrase is the summary of the whole song. Someone went out, had a good time, and ended up cheating. They forget the moment, but not the night. The chorus is where the band throws a shout out to their fans with the lyric, “All you sinners stand up, sing hallelujah (hallelujah!).” Following are the lyrics that relate to showing praise much like choir singers, and if you cant stop shaking with feelings, just let them crash over you. The first verse starts with the lyrics, “My life started the day I got caught / Under the covers / With secondhand lovers.” Here it shows that once the person got caught cheating, that is where their new life had started. It follows by saying that the person was tied up in fooling around, and when the time came, they didn’t know why they were not staying true to who they were. The pre-chorus is where they talk about how since they lost someone who meant a lot to them due to their mistake, they miss them unlike they have ever missed anyone else before,and how being sad about the situation is better than moving on from it. In the second verse, he states that he was drunk and that he didn’t know what he was saying, or had the right mind to know what he was actually doing. He really just wants who he hurt to forgive him, as he sees that person as perfect and he keeps wondering who he was trying to be, because it wasn’t himself. But now he seems to have become happier in the life since he made the mistake. In the last verse, the lyrics say, “No one wants you when you have no heart and / Sitting pretty in my brand new scars and / you’ll never know if you don’t ever try again / so lets try.” Because of the mistake that was made he is viewed as having no heart, and no one wants someone without a heart. Now he is doing better, even though he has new scars in his life. But if you never try to find another person to have feelings for again you will never know what could have happened. The whole song is about even after you make possibly the worst mistake of your life, you can still move on and get better.
The second single from the untitled fifth album, “Death Of A Bachelor,” was released on September 1, 2015, on Apple Music. Brendon Urie (vocals, guitar, keyboards), released a statement on Instagram, stating that, “Frank Sinatra turns 100 this year…His music has been a major player in the soundtrack of my life. So it’s only right that I return the favor and/or pay it forward. I wrote a new album this year and even in the few songs that don’t sound remotely similar to any of his music I still felt his influence in the writing and the need to relate so personally to each song. “Death Of A Bachelor” is very important to me. It expresses the bittersweet (but mostly sweet) end of an era. A look back at a part of my life now deceased…” In 2013, Urie married Sarah Orzechowski, thus ending the bachelor life he once lived. The song begins with the first verse, where he talks of how he looked lonely, and how he changed. He put his heart on his chest and let everyone see it. As he walks the long road of life, he is now in love and doesn’t see how he lived the life. In the chorus he says how he traded his life of bachelorhood for a lifetime of laughter with his wife. In the second verse he says that he was cutting his mind off, and that his heart is about to burst because his life is changing, but in an amazing way. “Alone at a table for two and I just wanna be served / And when you think of me am I the best you’ve ever had? / Share one more drink with me, smile even though you’re sad.” As he sits by himself, facing his former bachelor-self, he is sad that one era is ending yet he is excited to move into the next one. He also wonders if the years that are behind him will be the best or if it will be the ones ahead of him.
Both songs show two very different sides of a person. First we see how he lost someone he cared deeply for from a mistake that he made, then in the second single he obviously overcame that situation and now has fallen deeply in love and has left his bachelor life. Keeping with the change that they have been making to their music by heading in a more pop direction, both songs feature upbeat pop guitars, and drums. “Hallelujah,” while still pop, has a slightly more rock edge to it in the verses. With these latest singles, it can only be guessed of what Panic! At The Disco will do for their next album.
Alyssa (Rolling Music Reviews)