Panic! at the Disco

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Name(s): Panic! at the Disco, P!atd, Panic!
previously Panic at the Disco, Patd, Panic
Scope/Focus: Core band in Bandom
Date(s): 2004-2009
See also: My Chemical Romance, Fall Out Boy
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Panic! at the Disco is a rock band formed in Las Vegas, Nevada in 2004. Panic! was the first band signed to Pete Wentz's label Decaydance. The lineup has changed considerably over the years, with Brendon Urie as the only founding member remaining. See Wikipedia for more details.

Panic! is one of the core Bandom bands and there is a lot of fanfiction written about it.


Panic! at the Disco was founded in Las Vegas, and all of its original members (Brendon Urie, Ryan Ross, Spencer Smith, Brent Wilson) being from there. It was originally founded as a Blink-182 cover band before they had original songs. Initially, Brendon Urie was intended to play lead guitar and Ryan Ross was intended to be lead vocals and rhythm guitar. However, after hearing him sing, Ryan apocryphally decided that Brendon had to be lead vocals. Brendon reportedly did not know that he could sing well, although he had sung in a choir previously. Brendon has sung lead vocals on every album and nearly every song. The band was signed to, Decaydance Pete Wentz's label after Ryan sent him three demos on LiveJournal and Pete listened to a practice session. Fans have noted how fantastical/cinematic Panic! at the Disco's early history was, comparing it to fanfic.[1] In order to be a band full-time, Brendon had to drop out of high school, a move which resulted in his parents kicking him out. There has been wild speculation as to how amicable Brendon is with his family. Ryan Ross also had to drop out of college, which led to a falling-out with his father.

The band's first album, A Fever You Can't Sweat Out, was released September 2005. It was intentionally different from any other music in the Las Vegas scene, and featured elements of pop-punk, Vaudeville, and electronic dance music. Notably, bassist Brent Wilson did not perform on any of the tracks; bass was covered by Brendon Urie. Although the album did not debut to any great plaudits, within a year they were headlining tours of their own.

After being signed, they went on their first tour, "Ambitious Ones and Smoking Guns", with The Academy is..., which continued on to "Truckstops and Statelines" with The Academy Is..., Hellogoodbye, and Acceptance. This is also when they met future member Jon Walker, who was a guitar tech for The Academy is... at the time. Jon would officially join the band in May of 2006, following the departure of Brent Wilson. It is a subject of some debate how friendly of a departure this was, though it seems to be generally agreed upon that it was not particularly planned or congenial.

After Jon's addition to the band, they took a short break from non-stop touring to come up with ideas for their next album. They then proceeded to retire to a cabin in the mountains of Nevada for several months. Their isolation, combined with the drugs they were doing, reportedly led to them going a little crazy and being unproductive. Cricket & Clover, the album they developed in the cabin but proceeded to scrap, is the subject of wild fan speculation: see Cabin Fic

Post-Cabin, the band scrapped all of Crickets and Clover and began working on Pretty. Odd., the band's second album. The album features many references to the sun and moon, and is occasionally referred to by fans as "The Gay Album." It debuted March 2008. In this era, the band also dropped the exclamation point from their name, becoming Panic at the Disco. The album also represented a major change stylistically from Fever, featuring a much more acoustic and Beatles-inspired sound. It did not perform as well commercially as their previous album. They also released a live album, ...Live in Chicago in this time frame, which features both live recordings and alternate versions of select songs.

In June of 2009, the band split. Brendon Urie and Spencer Smith remained in Panic! at the Disco, while Ryan Ross and Jon Walker left and formed The Young Veins with Andy Soukal, Nick Murray, and Nick White. This event is also sometimes referred to as "the Divorce." The split was reportedly amicable, with both halves of the band wanting to go different directions stylistically. Their first song without Ryan and Jon was New Perspective, recorded for the movie Jennifer's Body. It represented yet another change in the band's style, from retro acoustic to more polished steampunk-ish pop. Despite disbanding and eventually leaving the public eye, Ryan and Jon remain popular in some sections of the fandom.

The band's third album, Vices and Virtues dropped in March 2011. Despite now being a two-piece band, their liveshows became more theatrical, similarly to those during the Fever Era. They also introduced touring musicians Ian Crawford and Dallon Weekes during this time. Dallon's band, The Brobecks, toured with Panic! at the Disco before he joined the band. Vices and Virtues is notable for being the first album Brendon was the primary songwriter and lyricist for; previous albums has been almost entirely written by Ryan Ross. The album also does not have a lot of stylistic cohesion, with many songs having completely different genres and codas which do not mesh with the rest of the song. Fans have often analysed the album as being almost entirely about a possible break-up with Ryan Ross, or more generally about the break-up of the band.

The band's fourth album is Too Weird to Live, Too Rare to Die. Spencer Smith left the band in April 2015 to settle his drug issues. The band's fifth album is Death of a Bachelor. The band's sixth and most recent album is Pray for the Wicked.

Band Members

Current Members

  • Brendon Urie – lead vocals, guitar, bass, piano, keyboards (2004–present)

Former Members

  • Brent Wilson – bass (2004–2006)
  • Ryan Ross – lead guitar, vocals, keyboards (2004–2009)
  • Jon Walker – bass, guitar, backing vocals, keyboards, bells (2006–2009)
  • Spencer Smith – drums, percussion (2004–2015)
  • Dallon Weekes - Bass, backing vocals (2010-2015)

Touring Members

  • Eric Ronick – keyboards, backing vocals (2006–2008)
  • Bartram Nason – cello, keyboard, electric drums (2006)
  • Ian Crawford – lead guitar, backingl vocals (2009-2012)
  • Dallon Weekes - Bass, backing vocals (2009-2010, 2015-2017)
  • Kenneth Harris – lead guitar, backing vocals (2013–2018)
  • Dan Pawlovich – drums, percussion (2013–present)
  • Nicole Row - Bass, backing vocals (2018-present)
  • Mike Naran - Guitar, backing vocals (2018-present)



The band members have been paired up in every conceivable way, including GSF.[2] However, Brendon/Ryan has been the most popular pairing[3], especially in the early days of band and on livejournal communities like slashatthedisco. Brendon/Spencer is also a popular pairing (seeming to foreshadow the departure of Ryan Ross and Jon Walker from the band in 2009), and became more popular after the split.

The Sarah Orzechowski/Brendon Urie ship is also a upcoming ship

As well as the two popular 'Ryden' and 'Brencer' pairings, Brendon is also shipped with bassist Dallon Weekes. Brendon/Dallon is usually referred to as 'Brallon' in fanworks.

P!atd members have also been paired with members of other bandom bands. Pete/Ryan is a good example of this.[4]

Themes and Tropes

  • High School AUs are quite popular, probably due to the band being very young when they started, and to the known facts about Ryan and Spencer going to school together. There are also several college AUs.
    • High school AUs often address member's relationships with their families. Common elements include Ryan's father being abusive or neglectful, and Brendon's parents being homophobic and/or kicking him out.
  • Coffee shop AUs are common, in which Jon works as a barista at Starbucks and Brendon at Smoothie Hut, since both of them actually held those jobs in the past.
  • Cabin fic refers to stories set during the time the band went and locked themselves away in a cabin in the woods to (try to) write an album. These stories often involve a lot of drug use.
  • Quite often real pets are mentioned in fic - it seems to be a lot more common in bandom than in some other fandoms, possibly because so many of them talk about how awesome their dogs are in interviews and on Twitter.
    • Examples include Ryan's dog Hobo and Jon's cat Dylan
  • Divorce fic deals with the aftermath of the split between Brendon&Spencer and Jon&Ryan, either as fix-it fic in which they reconcile, or as a subject of angst.

A 2007 list of Panic slash tropes posted to slashypunkboys: 67 Things There Will Always Be in Panic!Slash, Archived version

Fanwork Examples

Fan Art


Fannish Resources

Other Resources


  1. [1],
  2. See, for example, rossetti's Existing Unknowing. 27 January 2008. (Accessed 1 February 2011.) For an AU example, see queensheep's Golden Apples. 23 September 2008. (Accessed 2 April 2012.) For more examples, see stepps's Masterlist: Panic Group Sex Fic. Last updated: 16 August 2010. (Accessed 2 April 2012.)
  3. On the AO3, there are three times as many Brendon/Ryan works (3364) as the next most popular pairing, Brendon/Spencer (1168). (Counts retrieved 11 September 2018.)
  4. See, for example, wearemany's The Mirror Stage. 18 May 2008. (Accessed 1 February 2011.)