This is why ‘Pray For The Wicked’ will probably be Panic!’s most theatrical album yet

Written by Bianca Davino on 18th June, 2018
This is why ‘Pray For The Wicked’ will probably be Panic!’s most theatrical album yet

As we’re sure you’re well aware, Panic! At The Disco’s hotly anticipated 6th studio album Pray For The Wicked is set to be unleashed unto the world this Friday, June 22nd. In the lead up to the album’s release, we’ve been teased with the singles ‘Say Amen (Saturday Night)’, ‘(Fuck A) Silver Lining’ and ‘High Hopes’, giving us a pretty fair idea as to what to we could expect from the LP.

Each track, whilst delving into different musical territory showcases the band’s proclivity for writing totally bombastic tunes with a distinctly dramatic edge. Fit with Brendon’s always stellar vocal performance, Pray For Wicked is set to be a massively theatrical affair.

Theatrics have always been a huge part of Panic!’s output as a band – however, Pray For The Wicked could very well be the band’s most unashamedly theatrical release yet.

Brendon Urie recently opened up in an interview with the Herald Sun to reveal how his stint on Broadway in the acclaimed play Knky Boots influenced the making of the album.  During the interview, he mentioned that the experience yielded a massive impact on him as a performer, saying that he was forced to “win over” audience members who didn’t know who he was, a spirit that shine’s through the hustler spirit prevalent on Pray. 

“There were people there who don’t know I’m in a band, they’re wondering why people are cheering for me, so you have to win them over. That pushed me to get it right and do a good job, be the character, don’t think about your band, this is not about you, this is about the show” he said.

He also noted that the unrelenting optimism of Kinky Boots “rubbed off on him”, influencing his mindset during the writing of Pray. 

Refresh your memory of Brendon’s time in Kinky Boots with this little BTS nugget:

From the horn-ladden grooves of ‘High Hopes’, to the well over the top and heavily choreography narrative in the ‘Say Amen’ video, it’s quite clear that Panic! fans are probably in for what will be the band’s most theatrical and bubbling album as of yet.

Heck, there’s even a track named ‘King Of The Clouds’ that will probably feature what we can imagine will be a ridiculously groovy vocal run styling, a soaring, luscious hook and an overly infectious beat.

Since Brendon’s stint in Kinky Boots, the band have also received Broadway’s highest honour, scoring a Tony Award for their contributions to The Spongebob Squarepants Musical. The band also appeared on Ellen just after the release of the album’s first single, giving what we reckon is probably the show’s most insanely theatrical performance of all time. 

Panic! recently revealed their plans to tour Australia later on this year, where they’ll be playing their biggest venues in the country since 2008.

Watch Panic! At The Disco’s ‘Say Amen (Saturday Night)’

Pray For The Wicked:


1. (Fuck A) Silver Lining

2. Say Amen (Saturday Night)

3. Hey Look Ma, I Made It

4. High Hopes

5. Roaring 20s

6. Dancing’s Not A Crime

7. One Of The Drunks

8. The Overpass

9. King Of The Clouds

10. Old Fashioned

11. Dying In LA

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