Decaydance/Fueled By Ramen recording group Panic! At The Disco has announced the release of their hugely anticipated new album. “VICES & VIRTUES” arrives in stores and at all digital retailers on March 29th.
The album’s first single, entitled “The Ballad of Mona Lisa,” will be available at all digital retailers on February 1st. That same day will see the multi-platinum certified band debuting new music from “VICES & VIRTUES” with a very special live performance at New York City’s Bowery Ballroom, tickets for which sold-out in one hour. Furthermore, Panic! At The Disco will also play two European dates, the first a sold-out show on February 8th at London’s Bush Hall, followed by a performance on February 10th at Visions Party/FZW in Dortmund, Germany. The band recently shot a music video for the single, “The Ballad of Mona Lisa” in Los Angeles with director Shane Drake, which will be released shortly. Drake previously directed the group’s music videos for “I Write Sins Not Tragedies” and “Nine In The Afternoon”.
Produced by Butch Walker (Weezer, Pink) and John Feldmann (Neon Trees, The Used), “VICES & VIRTUES” marks Panic! At The Disco’s first new release in three years, as well as their debut outing as a duo comprised of singer/multi-instrumentalist Brendon Urie and drummer Spencer Smith.
“It’s been a long time coming, “ Urie recently told Alternative Press, “but we’re really excited about the songs.”
The new album follows Panic! At The Disco’s acclaimed second album, “PRETTY. ODD.,” which debuted at #2 on SoundScan/Billboard 200 album chart upon its 2008 release. The album’s remarkable popular success was matched by a wave of critical applause, with NME declaring it “a victory for artistic ambition over cynical careerism, one of the feel-good psych-pop albums of the year.”
Released in 2005, Panic! At The Disco’s platinum-certified debut, “A FEVER YOU CAN’T SWEAT OUT” remains one of the biggest selling debuts in Fueled By Ramen history. With their visionary pop modernism and bevy of irresistible hooks, singles like the 2x-platinum smash, “I Write Sins Not Tragedies,” earned the band international acclamation and a fervent fan following around the globe. What’s more, Panic! At The Disco received a number of major honors, including Grammy Award nominations and the prestigious MTV Video Music Awards “Video of the Year” prize for the imaginative companion video for “I Write Sins Not Tragedies.”
Panic! At The Disco has also proven an unqualified sensation on the live stage, headlining an array of festivals and multi-artist tours (including 2008’s Rock Band Live and Honda Civic Tour). In addition, the band has made countless TV appearances – highlighted by a notable performance on Saturday Night Live – and has been featured on the cover of such high-profile publications as Rolling Stone, Spin, and multiple issues of Alternative Press.
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