Panic! At The Disco channel Fall Out Boy in their “Miss Jackson” video.
Has anyone made already made the joke about hoping that “Miss Jackson,” the new song and video from Panic! At The Disco, was an Outkast cover? Oh. Everyone has? Well, we’d be lying if we said we weren’t a little let down. Not that new music from Panic! isn’t exciting. Because IT IS.
Watch Panic! At The Disco’s “Miss Jackson” video after the jump.
“Miss Jackson” comes from the band’s just-announced fourth album, Too Weird To Live, Too Rare To Die!, out Oct. 8. The video, directed by Jordan Bahat and featuring actress Katrina Bowden, is a dark, noir story that follows Brendon Urie on a particularly troubling night beginning in a seedy motel, and ending with, well, you’ll have to watch and find out. But let’s just say it’s the first instance of a beheading that we’ve seen in a pop-rock video.
The video, with its burning tire imagery and eery air of menace, calls to mind Fall Out Boy‘s “My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark.” Perhaps that’s intentional, because the track itself also brings to mind FOB’s “Songs” tempo, structure, tone, and vocal delivery. Seems a strange move from Panic! At The Disco — a band that was always plagued with comparisons to their friends and tour mates — to follow so closely in FOB’s recent musical left turn. But, like with their early material, it works well enough to feel entirely original. Creating some distance are guest vocals from the soulful Brooklyn singer Lolo, who brings an added R&B color.
“I had these sounds in my head,” Urie said in a release. Of their album’s more polished, pop orientation Urie added, “I just had to figure out how to get them out. So I just kept writing, writing, and writing until eventually we had all these songs and I was like, ‘This is it. This is the record I want to make.’ I knew it would happen, and finally it’s here.”