In a recent Billboard interview, Panic! At The Disco‘s Brendon Urie talked about the departure of drummer Spencer Smith, as well as giving an answer to the question people have been wondering for a while: when would be the band be releasing new music? After all, there has not been an album by Panic! At The Disco since 2013’s To Weird To Live, To Rare To Die!, in which Urie wrote or co-wrote every song and performed vocals throughout the album.
This will be one of your first shows since Spencer Smith officially left. I know you’ve been playing without him for some time, but is it going to feel different now that it’s really over?
Yeah, it is. I love him so much, even as a friend, but having him make that decision for himself… I’m really proud of him. To come out and be so confident telling people, “Hey, this is what I need to do.” We’ve played without him for a while, but this will be one of the first since he officially left. I think it will be fun. The fans are always very supportive, so that makes it a lot easier.
Speaking of which, are you working on new stuff?
Always. I’ve really never stopped writing. I’m picking through demos that I’d been working on for the last couple of years. Every day I’m writing something. I write an idea a day. Even if it’s 10 seconds of a melody or a lyric. I love it too much to not work. It would drive me crazy to not do anything.
Do you think we’ll see new Panic music within this year or next? If you had to guess.
If I had to guess, I’d say this year.
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