Panic! At the Disco is one of my guilty pleasures. They're a Las Vegas band that plays retro-80s-synth-infused dance-emo-punk-pop. Imagine Fall Out Boy doing the Killers doing Bloc Party doing My Chemical Romance. I shouldn't like them, but I do. They played SLC last night.
The openers were The Hush Sound and The Dresden Dolls, both of which I missed. I really would liked to have seen the Dresden Dolls, but I ended up walking in about five minutes before P!ATD took the stage. The venue was sold out and about 110 degrees inside. It was mostly a bunch of teenagers, and part of me was ready to go before the show even started, but I'm glad I stayed.
They worked their way through their album for about thirty minutes, then left the stage for a brief intermission, wherein the dancers came out to introduce the band members. The band then returned to finish the remaining songs. Whenever a band tours behind their debut album, they usually don't have a huge repitoire, so you can't really expect things to last too long. To elongate things, P!ATD included two covers: the first was a jazzed up version of Radiohead's "Karma Police," which kinda made me ill. The second was the Smashing Pumpkins' "Tonight, Tonight." I think they would have fared better sticking to their own material, but it's rare that I can appreciate anyone covering Radiohead. The song I wanted to hear most was "Camisado," which has to be the most upbeat yet heartbreaking song ever written about euthanasia. When they played it, I didn't want to stop dancing.
Overall, it was a pretty fun show, despite the heat and the couple grinding next to me. I'm really interested to see how this band's second album will sound. I hope it's as fun as their first.