By Luke Mittermayer |
Twenty One Pilots is the duo that has achieved widespread acclaim in the United States for their energetic fusion of piano electro-pop and uplifting lyrical tracks. The duo consists of Tyler Joseph and Josh Dun, made more unbelievable by the fact that they are only two artists who can take over a stage with electrifying live performances at many headline shows and tours. Under the tutelage of Greg Wells, responsible for hits by Weezer, Aerosmith, and Kid Cudi among others, Vessel has had four songs in the top 100 radio hits of 2012. Impressive to say the least.
The band started off in 2010 with Tyler Joseph and his two friends from school who left the band soon afterwards. Replacing his drummer with Josh Dun and moving the band in a new direction, Twenty One Pilots was signed on with Fueled By Ramen and made their debut with a new EP titled Three Songs in the summer of 2012, which was followed by the duo´s first full-length album titled Vessel which is available now.
Since Three Songs the duo has garnered a huge following through their small yet distinctive tours and shows. The duo is easily one of the most entertaining live bands of this generation with a specific focus on giving the crowd the best experience that anyone can have at a concert.
Twenty One Pilots first professionally signed album, Vessel, opens with Ode to Sleep, a track that sets the mood for the rest of the album giving us a taste of what’s to come. An energetic hip-hop beat and lyrical prowess of Tyler kick starts the track, only to daringly change (unexpectedly and effortlessly) into an indie rock sound akin to that of the band MGMT. Holding On To You reinforces this blend of genres with an impressive rap and indie pop, with Tyler showing his extensive vocal range and staccato rapping style seamlessly with Josh´s fervent and intricate drum beats. Switching it up again with House Of Gold, Tyler brings out his ukulele to break up the electro sounds and rapping.
Vessel becomes more frenetic with Car Radio, easily one of the most favoured songs in Vessel because of its incredibly deep lyrics. Car Radio opens up to a calm indie style gathering momentum to resemble alternative rock and hip hop before building up to a rave-esque crescendo which is by far the heaviest point on the album. From then on the album maintains this fast pace and energetic tone with Guns For Hands before fading out with their somber ballad, Truce.
Twenty One Pilots is a fun record with an expertly crafted mix of genres and sub-genres that breaks our perception of how music should be mixed. Don’t let the rhythmic foot tapping fool you though; Twenty One Pilots have a serious message. Unhappiness is normal, it’s okay and even if you are unhappy you can still find joy. . “Don’t let the fear of unhappiness cripple your pursuit of finding what it is you believe. Since joy is found in belief, we all have to push through unhappiness to find joy.”