It's been four years since the release of their last album, but Panic! At The Disco have made sure that the wait was more than worth it with Viva Las Vengeance.
Released as their long-awaited seventh album, Viva Las Vengeance is the reflective comedown to what Brendon Urie delivered on 2018's Pray For The Wicked, which topped charts globally alongside its massive single High Hopes.
Recording the new album direct to a tape machine with Jake Sinclair and Mike Viola, the record sees Urie utilising more guitars and classic rock influences than previous albums, with the album itself serving as something of a tribute to the arena rock sound of the '70s – something very common in Urie's hometown of Las Vegas.
"Viva Las Vengeance is a look back at who I was 17 years ago and who I am now with the fondness I didn’t have before," Urie explains. "I didn’t realise I was making an album and there was something about the tape machine that kept me honest."
Released today, the album has been preceded by a handful of singles, including the likes of Viva Las Vengeance, Middle Of A Breakup, Don't Let The Light Go Out, and Local God, which definitely underlines the historical, biographical quality of the new album.
"We signed a record deal at 17/Hated by every local band/They say we never paid our dues," Urie sings. "It's 2021 and I'm almost famous/You never really cared about that."
Currently, Panic! At The Disco are on track to support their new album with a North American tour this year, and European dates next year. It's been four years since they last visited Australian shores, so the chances are good that a batch of local dates will be announced in the near future.