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Video: The Young Veins / Change

June 30, 2010 by  
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The Young Veins have debuted their new video for “Change” with a throwback to the Ed Sullivan Show.  You can check it out below:

Jon Walker of The Young Veins

May 20, 2010 by  
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When Ryan Ross and Jon Walker started writing new material for the follow up to Panic! at the Disco’s 2008 album “Pretty.Odd.”  they had no idea the journey they were about to embark on.  After two successful albums it was evident that their writing was evolving into something that didn’t really fit the scope of Panic’s distinct sound.  Any true artist knows the value of following one’s own instincts and that’s exactly what Ross and Walker did.  Making what had to be one of the biggest decisions of their lives the two cited creative differences, left the band and continued writing new music as a duo.    While the critics questioned them quizzically and fans responded (sometimes) erratically, the two never looked back knowing that they had done exactly what they needed to do.

 And oh what a difference a year makes!  On June 8th Ross and Walker are set to release their debut album “Take a Vacation!” under their new band name The Young Veins (joined by Andy Soukal on bass, Nick White on keys and Nick Murry on drums).  For anyone looking for Panic! at the Disco revisited, this probably isn’t the band for you.  However, if you’re a fan of vintage sounds, catchy choruses, short upbeat ditties and a guaranteed psychedelic trip in a time machine from track to track then you’ve hit the jackpot.  Clearly influenced by Southern California culture The Young Veins wanted to write a collection of songs that each had their own style and story. The 29 minute long album will conjure up images of old and undoubtedly remind you of many past greats from The Beatles to The Beach Boys. 

While many might think that this band is doing things the hard way by trading in packed arenas for tiny little clubs and throngs of screaming teens for new audiences that they have to win over night after night (okay who am I kidding, the screaming teens will undoubtedly still be in tow), The Young Veins wouldn’t trade this for the world and it’s that kind of determination and dedication to their craft that will undoubtedly win over new fans.

I recently had the chance to talk to Jon Walker about The Young Veins, the new album, and everything in between.

Interviewed by:  Mary Ouellette
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Concert Gallery: The Young Veins / Chicago, IL

April 27, 2010 by  
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The Young Veins
April 10, 2010
Beat Kitchen – Chicago, IL
Photos by:  Tasha Schalk

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Ryan Ross & Jon Walker announce new band name “The Young Veins” and post new song

July 28, 2009 by  
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Ryan Ross and Jon Walker (formerly of Panic at the Disco) have posted a new song called “Change” under the band name “The Young Veins” here.  Check it out and let us know what you think!

(This info comes via one Alex Greenwald (Phantom Planet) via twitter.

More on the Panic Split from Ryan Ross

July 13, 2009 by  
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Ryan Ross talked a little more in-depth about the Panic at the Disco split to

“It’s been a little while, a few months since we started thinking that this might be the best thing to do,” Ross told MTV News late Monday (July 13). “Jon and I had been writing a bunch of stuff on the road, and it just got to a point when we were off tour, when we were talking about getting together and working on this stuff, that it became pretty apparent that we all weren’t wanting to go in the same direction. There was a period where we weren’t really talking to each other all that much, and Jon and I were just living at my house and continuing to write. And we kind of realized we needed to get over not speaking and figure out what was actually going on. So we all sat down and pretty much came to the conclusion that the best thing for everyone was to do what we did.”

Ross said the split was largely due to creative differences between him and Panic! frontman Brendon Urie. Seems Urie wanted the band to explore a more polished pop sound (like the demo they posted on their Web site last week), while Ross — and, by extension, Walker — was interested in making retro-inspired rock.

Or, as he put it: “Brendon’s more of a Peter Gabriel fan, and I’m more of a Ray Davies fan.”

“Brendon has always been a fan of pop music, but that’s such a broad term, because I guess I would say I would be too, but in a different way. Jon and I are still very much influenced by the Beatles and Beach Boys stuff and the Kinks and stuff like that,” Ross said. “And so that’s the stuff we were writing at my house … that’s the stuff we’re going to make now. I haven’t heard any of Brendon and [drummer] Spencer [Smith]’s stuff, to be honest.”

And eventually, those differences — coupled with the lack of communication between both camps — came to a head. So late last month, Ross had lunch with Smith, and the two cleared the air, both realizing that perhaps the best thing for all parties involved was to just head their separate ways.

“Spencer and I had lunch and caught up for a while, and then the big question came up, like, ‘Well, what do you want to do?’ and I said, ‘Well, I think it might be best if we kind of do our own think for a while,’ and he said, ‘I’m glad you said that, because I was going to say the same thing,’ ” Ross recalled. “And there was really no argument, which is really the best way that could’ve worked out. … I think really everybody will be happy doing what we’re doing. Me and Jon are really excited about what we’re working on, and those guys are happy too. I guess it got to the point where there might have been too many cooks in the kitchen.”

Ross made it clear that the split was very much an amicable one. He said that while he hasn’t heard any of the new Panic! stuff, he wishes Urie and Smith well and still considers them both to be his friends (they spoke over the Fourth of July weekend). The same cannot be said, however, about his former boss — Decaydance Records honcho/ Fall Out Boy bassist Pete Wentz — who seems to have clearly aligned himself with the Urie/Smith camp following the split.

“I haven’t spoken to him in a while, since this happened. I guess I’ve been meaning to call him back. He called me, but I’ve missed a lot of phone calls this week,” Ross said. “We’re not sure [whether Ross’ and Walker’s new band will be on Wentz’s Decaydance Records]. I’ll have to talk to him, but obviously from what’s happening online, I think he’s … he’s written a lot about them. I don’t know if they’re working together on their stuff. I’m not really sure, but it’s been awhile since we’ve spoken. It’s strange. It’s kind of weird.”

At press time, Wentz hadn’t responded to MTV News’ request for comment.

And though his relationship with Wentz might be finished, Ross still considers the split from Panic! to be a “good, healthy” thing. He said he and Walker are writing and recording songs (with Pretty. Odd. producer Rob Mathes) at a lightning-quick pace, and they’ll soon be revealing the fruits of their labor. The only thing that bothers him, he said, is the way many Panic! fans have treated him since the split. It seems that he’s become the bad guy in the whole scenario, and he doesn’t think that’s fair.

“That was probably the worst part, at least for us, knowing people were going to be upset,” he said. “I hope nobody blames anybody. It seems like, because those guys are sticking with the name, that it looked like it’s mine and Jon’s fault. I think a lot of people blamed us for quitting or ruining the band, and that part didn’t really seem fair, because it wasn’t the case. … Musically, it got to a roadblock, and we were going one way and they were going the other. But fans will be able to hear it soon enough. And then maybe they’ll change their minds.”

Truth or Fiction: Ryan Ross and Jon Walker leaving Panic at the Disco?

July 6, 2009 by  
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This was just posted on  Hmmmmm:

To Whom This May Concern:

Ryan Ross and Jon Walker will be leaving Panic at the Disco to embark on a musical excursion of their own. Though the four of us have made music together in the past, we’ve creatively evolved in different directions which has compromised what each of us want to personally achieve. Over the years, we have remained close and honest with each other, which helped us to realize that our goals were different and that parting ways is truly what is best for each of us. We are all excited for the future, you should be too.

-Ryan & Jon

Stay posted to the Panic site for updates on Ryan and Jon’s new project, as well as a message from Brendon and Spencer who will continue on as Panic At The Disco. All touring and album plans for Panic will continue as previously announced.

Panic at the Disco – Honda Civic Tour 2008

Panic at the Disco
May 10, 2008
Boston, MA & Wallingford, CT
Photos by:  Mary Ouellette

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