The Young Veins Take Leave From The Disco, Head To The Garage
In the wake of their two ex-Panic! At The Disco-mates releasing their first post-split track under the band’s name, former Panicites Ryan Ross and Jon Walker have announced that their new project has a name—The Young Veins—and a MySpace page, complete with a debut single called “Change.”
The song is a dirty little rave-up that sounds like it wouldn’t be out of place on a Nuggets compilation, as Ross had promised when he spoke to MTV about his post-Panic direction earlier this month:
“I think the songs are a lot more focused than what you might have heard on Pretty. Odd. I don’t think we’re going to do any orchestration. … They just sound like a band,” Ross said. “They’re more, uh, I wouldn’t want to say ‘heavy,’ but I guess I would have to, in the sense of, like, early garage music and Kinks and stuff. The songs are shorter and faster, and I guess they’re more rock and roll than flowery stuff.
“We were really into a lot of the Motown and Stax Records stuff when we first started. … I don’t know if you’ll really hear that, but that’s what got us into the idea of writing songs that are fun and short and have a good groove that you can dance to and mixed with the Ray Davies and the Kinks stuff,” Ross continued. “It’s a lot more groove-oriented, and we realized that maybe that was one thing we were lacking on Pretty. Odd., was that some of the stuff was really long and kind of slower — which is fine — but this time we wanted to write stuff that was gonna be fun live and sound like a band.”
So, I guess there won’t be any ringmasters when the Young Veins play their first show then. Which is fine, not to borrow from Ross’ locution. I actually dig this track’s seven-inch scratchiness a lot. (Yes, my use of “dig” as a verb speaks to the song’s retro feel.)