At this point, Panic! At The Disco’s studio recordings are well beyond a standard rock band lineup. Released today, their new song “High Hopes” opens with a blaring brass section and Brendon Urie’s crisp vocals soon join—a collection of backing vocals behind them in multiple sections; classical strings feel in place, though sitting closely to the aforementioned and joined by some electronic music stylings in the approximately three-minute track. However, genre hopping or non-abiding has consistently been associated with Panic! since the notable sound shift between the band’s debut album A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out in 2005 to Pretty. Odd. in 2008.
On “High Hopes,” the lyrics “Had to have high, high hopes for a living / Shooting for the stars when I couldn’t make a killing,” perhaps best encapsulate the song’s theme. Urie sings of relentlessly working towards a dream and never losing hope that the vision you’ve shaped for yourself can be attained.
“I spent too long not setting my expectations high enough, worried about how it felt to fail. I hit a point when I realized I had to aim high and fail, fail, fail in order to keep growing,” Urie tweeted.
New album Pray for the Wicked is set to drop on June 22, and so far Panic! have released three songs in anticipation. The two songs released prior to “High Hopes” are “Say Amen (Saturday Night)” and “(Fuck A) Silver Lining”—the three are now clustered together on Spotify as High Hopes On Saturday Night.
You can preorder the band’s forthcoming album here. Listen to “High Hopes” below.