Panic! at the Disco has always been known for its theatrics, but now the band has taken its love of the cinema a step further with the release of short film "The Overture."
"The Overture," a nearly-seven-minute mini-film, features remaining members Brendon Urie and Spencer Smith with a score of actors ranging from identical twins to a midget couple. Directed by Shane Drake (who also did the band's steampunk-influenced "The Ballad of Mona Lisa" video), the film imparts such virtuous quotes as "Don't beat yourself up if things don't work out the way you planned" and "We're going to get through this."
Video: Panic! at the Disco's "The Overture"
Along the way, tunes from Panic!'s upcoming disc "Vices and Virtues" -- including ""Let's Kill Tonight," "Hurricane," "Ready to Go (Get Me Out of My Mind)" and "Nearly Witches (Ever Since We Met...)" play over the action. So if you've been looking for a preview of the new album, look no further.
By the end, it's down to just Urie and Smith as they leave their past behind. "I guess it's just us, then," Urie says. "It always has been," Smith replies firmly.
Is the video a metaphor for something deeper, such as the departure of former members Ryan Ross and Jon Walker, and how the band came to terms with it and moved on? Our thoughts: "Well, duh!"
What do you think? Are there even more hidden meanings to be found in "The Overture?" Tell us in the comments!