Band Review: Twenty One Pilots


Josh Dun and Tyler Joseph

Mackenzie Pence, Editor

Anyone who listens to the radio knows the song “Stressed Out” and can sing every single word. It’s catchy, it has a good beat, and it relates to everyone’s lives in some way (who isn’t stressed out these days?). But Twenty One Pilots has more than just one song that relates to our everyday lives- actually, every single song they have is relatable.

The band consists of only two people: Josh Dun (the drummer), and Tyler Joseph. Tyler, the lead singer, has had his fair share of battles with depression and anxiety. Almost every song he writes has to do with his struggles he has dealt with, and he either talks about how he defeats his demons or gets taken over by them. This is why I love this band. The songs they write are just so real, and fans can connect to what he’s saying and feel like they are not alone. He doesn’t try to mask his feelings behind his music, his music reveals his feelings to his listeners, and even helps them to find what may be bothering them.

Twenty One Pilots can not simply be defined by one genre. They are a mixture of almost every single kind of music except for country. Which personally is the best kind of genre a band could be. They deliver a message of hope with their techno-alternative rock- screamo-slam poetry- pop-punk-rap-wonderful-genius sound. These two are definitely not like any other band.

Their newest album Blurryface is titled and written completely about a character that Tyler created in order to face his demons. He felt that if he gave his insecurities a name and a face, he could face them head on and it would be easier to defeat them. That’s why in Stressed Out, he sings the line “My name’s Blurryface and I care what you think.” Tyler constantly battles with this character, and writes songs trying to escape being taken over by him. The last song of the album is called Goner, and it features the line “I’ve got two faces, Blurry’s the one I’m not.”

Not only does he write about Blurryface, but he portrays him in his music videos by wearing a red beanie and red contact lenses, and he paints his hands and neck black. He paints his hands and neck because when he’s dealing with his insecurities, he feels like he’s suffocating, and he is self- conscious about the things he creates with his hands. Basically, Tyler Joseph is deeper than the ocean.

If you’re not one for the deeper meaning of songs and just like a good beat, then Twenty One Pilots is still perfect for you. Here’s a list of some of my favorite songs by them that are easy to jam to:

  1. Ride
  2. Guns for Hands
  3. Trees
  4. Tear in my Heart
  5. Holding Onto You
  6. Migraine
  7. House of Gold
  8. Doubt
  9. We Don’t Believe What’s On TV
  10. Heavydirtysoul

I highly recommend trying out these songs and seeing if you enjoy their sound. If not, it’s understandable. I think they are an acquired taste of music. But if you like it, then congratulations. You’re addicted.