The video is like a motivational poster come to life, executed in that ‘so-goofy-its-cute’ kind of way that only Brendon Urie can do for this long with it still being endearing. We follow him around as he performs seemingly mundane tasks to see them lead to extraordinary results. Everything receives an equal amount of praise and acclamation, from winning boxing matches to helping an old lady across the street. In one scene, Urie decides not to call his ex after a break-up. This proves to be a good choice since he meets a pretty dark-haired girl and makes happily-ever-after with her.
Bachelor’s other singles and their respective music video seem to be a study in growing up. Not the ‘Boy Meets World, Disney-tragic, coming-of-age’ growing up, but the kind that you’re happy when it comes. It’s like getting to that stage where you’re mature enough to realize that high school cafeteria social hierarchies really didn’t matter and that teenagers, in general, kind of suck. You suddenly don’t care about half the crap you always thought you’d care about. That realization gets here and you’re like finally. A good part of the album was inspired by Urie’s 2013 marriage to Sarah Orzechowski. Talking about writing the album’s title song, “Death of A Bachelor,” he said:
“As for the lyrics, “it’s more honesty,” says Brendon. “It’s how I felt over the past three years. It’s been a huge change for me, dynamic wise with the band and in my personal life so ‘Death Of A Bachelor’ is succinctly about that. It’s about me putting to bed the past, still having my history but not being that guy anymore. It’s about being so proud that I’ve found someone to spend the rest of my life with. In that sense it’s very romantic in that Sinatra way, but with the mentality of ‘fuck it, I’m done being a bachelor. Let’s kill that part of me and be reborn as a married man. I love it, it’s amazing.”
Of course, the sentiment of the video should not be restricted to strictly romantic. It’s also about growth and development. Not every simple action like helping that old lady or ignoring that ex will come with instant gratification or fanfare, but when it does it’ll be so sweet that you won’t mourn all the sweat and seconds in between.
Youthful sound with a grown-up perspective, Panic! At the Disco and Bachelor have my attention.