Panic! at the Disco frontman Brendon Urie sat down with Billboard to reveal the story behind his band’s recent single “Say Amen (Saturday Night)” – which appears on their new album Pray for the Wicked – as part of the “How It Went Down” video series.
Urie explains that the song was initially inspired by Budos Band’s “Aphasia,” which his band used to walk out on the stage to during live shows, comparing its sound to a Black Sabbath record. Through some connections, he was able to get the band to sign off on him using a sample from the track. “So I chopped a little bit of that,” Urie says, “And that’s the horns that you hear in the chorus while I’m singing, ‘I pray for the wicked on the weekend.’”