2005 was an iconic year for the pop punk, emo music genre. From the first major studio album being released by the growing musical sensation, Fall Out Boy, to Pete Wentz signing one of the single greatest musical groups that continue to capture the attention of music lovers today, the release of Panic! at the Disco’s debut album “A Fever You Can’t Sweat” Out changed the way people looked at music.
In 2004, four high school students from Las Vegas, Nevada formed one of the most iconic bands in pop punk history. Ryan Ross and Spencer Smith, accompanied by their friend Brent Wilson and his classmate Brendon Urie, began rehearsing Blink-182 covers in Smith’s grandmother’s living room, thus leading to the birth of Panic! at the Disco. Dissatisfied with the boring and tedious attributes characterized by local Vegas bands, Panic! members were inspired to be creative and unique with as they began to record experimental demos and develop their song writing abilities.
In December of 2004, the band sent a LiveJournal link containing their early demos to Fall Out Boy’s bassist, Pete Wentz, who, upon hearing only a few songs, decided to sign the band to his imprint label, Decaydance Records. Months later at MTV’s Music Video Awards in 2005, Wentz predicted, “their [album] is going to be your next favorite record.”
Today, despite only having two of its founding members, Panic! at the Disco has soared into super stardom, and no matter how great the evolution of their music becomes, A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out will still be one of their most iconic albums to date.
The band certainly obtained their goal of producing a creative and unique record that induces fans with a dancing fever (ironically one that can not go away from sweating). As the first half of the album resonates synthetic, electronically produced music, the second followed a more traditional schema that took advantage of the use of conventional instruments such as the piano, accordion, and organ. During the song titled, “Intermission,” the two styles meet and continue before splitting apart and the traditional music carries over until the end of the album.
Review By: Deni Balak