Panic! At The Disco have released a video for Hallelujah. You know what emoji to use.
Playing two different characters, the video sees Brendon Urie fighting with his conscience.
“When I’m sitting in my confessional, basically, I’m playing two different characters,” he admits in an interview with Mashable. “I’m playing the sinner, and I’m playing the priest. As the priest, I’m trying to convince myself that it’s all okay, that I’ll absolve you of your sins and try to comfort you, and the sinner just isn’t having it.
In the sinner’s mind, there’s this puzzle going on — I’m chasing this girl through this story that I’ve woven for myself and I can’t seem to break the puzzle. I’m trying to defeat it in order to have some kind of catharsis.”
The song marked the first release since founding member Spencer Smith left the band in April.
“Right after we had the talk about what he wanted to do, and after he had released his statement to the fans, I was like, ‘Okay, I’m jumping back in. I still want to make this [new] album as soon as possible,'” explains Brendon. “And he was 100% behind that but he didn’t have anything to do with this album coming out, so it really is a departure.”
Brendon already has some grand ideas for the fifth Panic! At The Disco album, which is loosely pencilled in for an October release. “I want to have live players in the studio — horns and strings, a live band. It’s gonna be a huge example of how powerful some of this stuff can be with that effect behind it,” Brendon says before tackling the reoccurring lyrical subject of sin.
“Religion was a huge part of my life. I was raised in the Mormon faith, and I can’t really deny too much of it. I spent, shit, more than half of my life in church, and it was kind of a no-brainer to want to sing about accepting responsibility for stuff I’ve done in the past. It’s really kind of touching on that religious connotation. I don’t affiliate with any religion specifically, but I do like to think that when I’m creating music, it’s a very spiritual thing. So I do want to kind of create this idea that you don’t need religion — you need whatever makes you happy.”