Spencer Smith (musician)

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Spencer Smith
Spencer Smith 15.08.2009.jpg
Smith in 2009
Background information
Birth name Spencer Smith
Born (1987-09-02) September 2, 1987 (age 27)[1]
Denver, Colorado
Origin Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Genres Alternative rock, synthpop, baroque pop, pop punk, pop rock
Instruments Drums, piano, marimba, xylophone, vibraphone, tambourine, vibraslap, cabasa, shakers, percussion, vocals
Years active

2004–2013

(Hiatus 2013-present)
Labels Decaydance, Fueled by Ramen
Associated acts Panic! at the Disco, The Cab
Website www.panicatthedisco.com
Notable instruments
SJC Custom Drums
Meinl Cymbals

Spencer Smith (born September 2, 1987) is an American musician best known as the co-founding member and drummer of American rock band Panic! at the Disco.[2] With the band he has played on four studio albums, A Fever You Can't Sweat Out (2005), Pretty. Odd. (2008), Vices & Virtues (2011) and Too Weird to Live, Too Rare to Die! (2013). The band's debut album charted in the top ten of the US Billboard 200 chart with the album reaching No. 13, and the hit song "I Write Sins Not Tragedies" at No. 7 in the Billboard Hot 100.

Early life[edit]

Born in Colorado, Smith was raised in Las Vegas, Nevada and attended Bishop Gorman High School[3] with former bandmate Ryan Ross.

Music career[edit]

Smith began playing drums at age 12 when he received a drum kit for Christmas. Soon he began collaborating with his friend, Ryan Ross, who had received a guitar. Ross and Smith mostly covered blink-182 songs with Ross on vocals. Their two-piece band was originally called Pet Salamander. They teamed up with Brent Wilson and Trevor Howell on guitar to make "Summer League" before they met Brendon Urie and formed Panic! at the Disco.

Panic! at the Disco (2004–2013)[edit]

Spencer Smith is the founding drummer for the multi-platinum American rock band Panic! at the Disco, formed in 2004. Fall Out Boy bassist Pete Wentz discovered the band through the Internet by accident, and quickly signed them to his Decaydance Records label before the band had even played a single show. Smith has played the percussion parts on the band's four studio albums, A Fever You Can't Sweat Out (2005), Pretty. Odd. (2008) and Vices & Virtues (2011). Too Weird to Live, Too Rare to Die! (2013) A Fever You Can't Sweat Out has sold over two million units worldwide, spurred on by the lead single "I Write Sins Not Tragedies" which became the band's most successful song, reaching #7 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart and becoming the band's mainstream breakthrough so early in their career. The 2008 album Pretty. Odd. debuted at #2 on the Billboard 200, however it was less widely received in comparison to Fever and quickly fell off the charts.[citation needed]

In 2007, members of The Cab sent Smith a demo and he helped sign them to Pete Wentz's record label, Decaydance.[4] Spencer appears in the music videos "What a Catch, Donnie" and "Headfirst Slide into Cooperstown on a Bad Bet" by Fall Out Boy, and also appears in the Gym Class Heroes video for the song "Clothes Off!!" alongside bandmate Brendon Urie, and former Panic! at the Disco band members Ryan Ross and Jon Walker. The members are seen dancing in animal costumes, Spencer being in a seal suit. Recently Smith and bandmate Brendon Urie appeared in Butch Walker's music video "Pretty Melody", appearing as ninjas.[5]

In 2009, founding member and guitarist Ryan Ross and bassist Jon Walker, left the band, leaving Smith and vocalist Brendon Urie as the sole remaining members.[6][7] Smith completed work on Panic! at the Disco's third studio album Vices & Virtues with bandmate Brendon Urie, which was released in March 2011. Prior to the release of Vices & Virtues, Smith co-starred with Brendon Urie in a seven minute short film, called The Overture, directed by Shane Drake.[8] The short film addressed the departure of two former Panic! at the Disco founding members, Ryan Ross and Jon Walker.[8]

In an April 2011 interview with Blogcritics, Smith revealed plans to expand Panic! at the Disco from the current duo with the addition of new band members saying, "We knew it would be just me and Brendon, but we have also left the option open to work with other people."[7] Smith also stated that being on tour is his favorite part of the musical process, though that would be impossible without work in the recording studio.[7]

Hiatus from Panic! at the Disco (2013-present)[edit]

On August 2, 2013, he released an open letter to his fans, coming clean about his battle with alcohol and prescription pills.[9] On August 7, 2013 Brendon Urie announced via the band's website that Spencer would no longer be taking part in the tour, stating that "He is away getting the help that he needs.".[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Spencer Smith (V) IMDb. Retrieved September 6, 2012.
  2. ^ Montgomery, James (2009-07-30). "Spencer Smith Explains Why Panic! At The Disco Brought Back The '!'". MTV News. Retrieved 2011-03-14. 
  3. ^ "Panic! comes home to play House of Blues". Las Vegas Sun. June 18, 2011. Retrieved October 26, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Alternative Press | News | Decaydance signs The Cab". Altpress.com. Retrieved 2011-10-26. 
  5. ^ "EXCLUSIVE: Butch Walker's Kung Fu Epic". SPIN.com. 2010-04-12. Retrieved 2011-10-26. 
  6. ^ Cochrane, Greg (2009-07-07). "Panic At The Disco split in two". Newsbeat. Retrieved 2011-03-14. 
  7. ^ a b c Melchor, Michael (2011-04-03). "An Interview With Panic! At The Disco's Spencer Smith". Blogcritics (Seattle Post-Intelligencer). Retrieved 2011-04-08. 
  8. ^ a b Goodman, William (2011-03-10). "Panic! Address Breakup in Trippy Mini Movie". Spin Magazine. Retrieved 2011-03-14. 
  9. ^ http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1711753/panic-at-the-disco-spencer-smith-addiction.jhtml
  10. ^ "HI. I’M BRENDON URIE FROM PANIC! AT THE DISCO". Official Website. August 7, 2013. Retrieved October 1, 2013. 

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