HFSmas Nutcracker Night 1
Panic! At The Disco
Hellogoodbye, The Colourist
20 Market Place
Baltimore, MD, 21202
Doors 7:00 PM / Show 8:00 PM
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Panic! At The Disco
Panic! At The Disco’s roots coming of age in Las Vegas loom large on the band’s fourth album, Too Weird To Live, Too Rare To Die!. From its glittery synth-based, drum-heavy sound, to its playful, celebratory subject matter, to the Rat Pack-inspired imagery on the cover, to the title itself (a line from Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas author Hunter S. Thompson), the album finds the band, for the first time in its nearly 10-year career, owning up to loving their hometown.
“Before I started demoing any of the songs on the album, I was in Vegas and went to a club,” says the band’s frontman and songwriter Brendon Urie. “I was listening to the driving beats and watching all these people dance and have a good time. And I thought, ‘I want to make music like this. These people are celebrating life.’ It made me stop being cynical and see how beautiful it actually was. We left Vegas when we were 17, because at that age, Vegas sucks. You’re not 21. You can’t go anywhere; you can’t play in bars. We never played live shows. So we were really bitter for a lot of years. But this last time I realized that people go there to drop their guard and let loose, and that inspired me. It was a real moment of clarity. Now I’m in love with Vegas. I even wrote an anthem about it, ‘Vegas Lights.’”
Urie’s inspiration is reflected in the sound of the new album, which was recorded largely on a collection of Arturia and Moog synthesizers that he and drummer Spencer Smith had collected over the years. “I hadn’t really delved into it all because I didn't know how to use the technology,” Urie says. “A huge part of the process for me is that I wanted to be a producer. I had the sounds in my head, I just had to figure out how to get them out. Our producer Butch Walker [who co-produced Panic! At The Disco’s 2011 album Vices & Virtues] and engineer Jake Sinclair were both mentors and taught me how to use the computer. I would explain what I was hearing and they’d say, ‘Well, this is how you do it.’ It was validating to get positive feedback from Butch, but I still wanted more. So I just kept writing, writing, and writing.” Eventually Urie came up with the album’s anthemic core: “Vegas Lights,” “This Is Gospel,” “Nicotine,” “Girls/Girls/Boys,” and the new single “Miss Jackson.” “We had all these songs and I was like, ‘This is it; this is the record I want to make,’” Urie says. “I knew it would happen, but finally it’s here.”
Panic! At The Disco is now looking forward to a bright rest of the year. Urie promises their upcoming tours will be as big a spectacle as the tours they’ve launched for their previous albums, 2005’s double-platinum A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out, 2008’s Pretty. Odd. (which debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard Album chart), and Vices & Virtues, which debuted at No. 7 and racked up critical accolades. “I want our show to be a steady stream of continuous music,” Urie says. “I want to create that club feel where the music doesn’t let up and the beat never stops. You came to a show. I’m going to tire you out. I’m going to make you work for it. I want to create an environment that doesn’t feel like an arena. I want the audience to actually forget where they are. Then an hour later, they’re like, ‘Wow, what just happened?’”
A lot has happened to Hellogoodbye since the Huntington Beach, California-based act released their breakthrough album Zombies! Aliens! Vampires! Dinosaurs! back in 2006. Over the past four years the band have parted with their old record label, retooled their lineup, released a handful of EPs and performed everywhere from the Philippines to living rooms. All of these cumulative experiences play in...to the band’s new album Would It Kill You? a collection of perfect pop gems that not only proves that Hellogoodbye are still relevant but affirms that if anything, they’ve sharpened their musical edge over the past few years—and looking back, the band’s frontman Forrest Kline sees the past few years as an amazing opportunity to hone his craft without pressure.
“I’m super slow at everything no matter what I do,” Kline explains when asked what the process of writing and recording Would It Kill You? was like. “If I’m going to clean out my closet it’ll take me all day because I’ll empty out the whole thing, then I’ll paint it, then I’ll tear off the drawers and get new hardware. Everything becomes a process and musically it’s the same thing,” he continues with a laugh. “If I do one thing, I have to do 900 tasks to get it done, so to be able to take the time with this album was a relief because I didn’t have to stress about not having enough time to accomplish everything I wanted to do with these songs.”
The Colourist first stumbled upon one another in an underused warehouse in Orange County, CA, where Adam and Maya discovered the harmonic chemistry that has come to define the band's bright and anthemic signature sound.
Having spent much of 2012 honing their live show with the likes of Grouplove, Electric Guest and Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr., The Colourist begin 2013 holed up in a small studio in Southern California. It's there that Adam Castilla (vocals, guitar), Maya Tuttle (drums, vocals), Kollin Johannsen (guitar, bass), and Justin Wagner (bass, keys) committed their pop-fueled, indie-bred rock to tape before embarking on their first tour which included appearances at Coachella along with support shows with Metric and Youngblood Hawke and Atlas Genius.
On August 20th The Colourist released their first recorded music into the world with an EP called Lido. The 4 songs represent a sampling of this band's ability to write smart, engaging songs laced with hooks that leave you wanting more.