Panic at the Disco was formed in the suburban area of Summerlin, Las Vegas, by the two childhood friends Ryan Ross on the guitar and Spencer Smith on the drums. Since the age of thirteen, the two played Blink-182 covers in bands of different formations and formed the band "Summer League" with childhood friends Brent Wilson and Trevor (Trevor would later leave the band.)
Wilson met Brendon Urie at Palo Verde High School, and the band was complete. They lifted their band name from the lyrics of a song called "Panic," by Name Taken.
Panic at the Disco was discovered thanks to having their songs posted online. Ross posted a link to the band's PureVolume web page on the LiveJournal forum of Fall Out Boy. Pete Wentz, Fall Out Boy's bassist, decided to check it out. Impressed with what he heard, Wentz contacted Panic and came to Vegas to watch a practice. From there, things moved quickly.
Panic—with only three songs and not a single live gig under its belt—was signed to Wentz's Fueled By Ramen imprint, Decaydance. The band was sent to Maryland to record its debut album, A Fever You Can't Sweat Out, and soon the boys were booked to join the Take Cover Tour in August.
The 2005 Nintendo Fusion Tour, 2006 Truckstops & Statelines Winter Tour, 2006 Nothing Rhymes With Circus Tour, Honda Civic Tour and sold-out European tours followed, and now they are hitting sold-out venues across the country on the Rockband Live Tour, performing well-loved songs from their debut (now platinum) album A Fever You Can't Sweat Out (2005) and recently released Pretty.Odd. (2008).
Sound description: "Alice in Wonderland-like whimsy; it's as if they dropped the entire Beatles catalog into a blender, added some modern alternative ice and the horn section from Sonia Dada, then churned out a new-millennium Liverpool smoothie."