Twenty One Pilots


Twenty One Pilots is and up and coming band out of Columbus, Ohio.  The band consists of two members Tyler Joseph and Josh Dun, both very talented musicians.  The band uses a mixture of piano, drums, synthesizers and vocals to make their sound that fans classify as “Schizophrenic Pop”.  This is an unofficial sub genre of pop music. The band got the title of their band in a cool way.  Tyler Joseph was in a class learning about World War II and was reading a book entitled, “All My Sons” by Arthur Miller.  In this book a man causes the death of twenty one pilots from sending them faulty parts for their plane.  This is where the name of the band formed from.  The band has a sound that I have personally never heard before, but is something that is interesting and fun to listen to.

Here is a taste of what the band sounds like, one of their first tracks released, a cover of Christina Perri’s “Jar of Hearts”.

The band has made a lot of progress since the start of their career.  They are currently signed to Atlantic Records and recently were one of the nominations for “Best New Artist” at MTV’s VMAs this past year.  The band is starting to become more mainstream, although they call themselves a local band because that is where they came out of.  The band has released three albums, two before being signed with Atlantic records.  Their newest album, “Vessel” has gotten the most attention.  Here is one of the songs off the album, “Holding Onto You”.

The band has a great fan following and their fans really love them.  The small band continuously gets larger and larger.  I recently went to go see them in concert at The Paramount in Huntington, Long Island and the vibe that the concert has is unreal.  They really love to perform and you can really see that in their concerts.  They come into the crowd standing on top of the hands of their fans as they perform their tracks.  The concert is interactive and they are more than grateful to their fans.  The band has a great sound a great vibe and is a band I highly recommend for people to listen to. Their track “Car Radio” has also become very popular in the US.

This video also shows a cool side to them.  In their concerts and music videos a lot of the time they will wear ski masks.  It is a constant theme that they use and lets them stand out a bit.  These masks are always used in “Car Radio” and they will also use them in other songs during concerts.  The lyrics to this song really have an impact on a lot of people.

Sometimes quiet is violent
I find it hard to hide it
My pride is no longer inside
It’s on my sleeve, my skin will scream
Reminding me of who I killed
Inside my dream, I hate this car
That I’m driving there’s no hiding for me
I’m forced to deal with what I feel
There is no distraction to mask what is real
I could pull the steering wheel

I have these thoughts so often I ought
To replace that slot with what I once bought
Cause somebody stole my car radio
And now I just sit in silence

The band overall has an awesome sound that is new for a lot of people.  It will definitely be interesting to see how the band grows at it becomes more mainstream.  I recommend for anyone who is interested in what I have shared to go check out this band, you will not be disappointed.