Hi, everyone! I’m here to talk to you guys this Sunday (weird I know) about a band that has recently stolen the spotlight with “stressed out” but has been in my heart since “ode to sleep”. They’ve taken the world by storm with their home-hitting lyrics and refreshing honesty, and I’m proud to be one of their many fans.
Background : Tyler Joseph (lead singer) started the band in 2009, in Columbus, Ohio, after seeing a singer/songwriter perform in a street club. Upon hatching the idea, he quickly recruited his two best friends from high school. The name was inspired by the play All My Sons, “a play about a man who must decide what is best for his family after causing the death of twenty-one pilots during World War II because he knowingly sent them faulty parts for the good of his business. Joseph explains that this story of moral dilemma was the inspiration for the name of the band.” (Wikipedia) However in mid-2011, his bandmates left due to busy schedules and Josh Dun joined in to take their place. From there they conceived three albums, Regional At Best (2011), Vessel (2013) and Blurryface (2015), each one more successful than the last.
Tyler Joseph (Bio)- Basically Tyler is a basketball player from Ohio that needed an outlet for the darkness (depression/anxiety) threatening to ruin his life and everything in it. His lyrics are deeply personal to his own situations including the concept of Blurryface which I will address later. Tyler is not only the lead singer of the band but also plays ukelele, piano, bass, keytar, keyboard and accordion in various songs. He is often individualized by his unique tattoos and various props and clothes he uses in his music videos (red beanie, flower kimono, and ski masks to name a few).
Josh Dun (Bio)- Growing up in a home where his siblings and himself were sheltered from
music, he was forced to go to music stores and eventually work in one just to be surrounded by music. Working at Guitar Center he met one of Joseph’s friends and was introduced to the band. In 2011, he not only met Tyler Joseph but formed an instant friendship and became the permanent drummer for the band. He’s known for his eccentric hair as well as the red eyeshadow worn around his eyes in most concerts and music videos.
Genre and Lyrics: In the fandom, the genre of their music is one of the most joked about aspects of their band. While it is unique and catchy, describing it can be extremely tricky and often is described as “ukelele screamo”. It really is a combination of hip-hop, rap, electronic, indie and more, but ukelele screamo is a lot quicker to say. Their lyrics, on the other hand, tend to focus on similar things from one song to another. But what makes them to intense and special is what that similar theme is, and while the instruments may make it sound light and cheery, the lyrics tend to have a completely different perspective. Their songs focus mainly around self-discovery, mental illness, depression/anxiety, and overpowering those things to move on with your life and live to the fullest. This personally is what really made me stay when I first heard their music. Their lyrics address the topics that many popular artists see as taboo, and don’t gloss over the hardships. While love is a common topic for many artists, twenty-one pilots focus on loving yourself and saving yourself and enjoying your life despite what it throws at you instead of channeling all your energy into loving another. Not that writing about love isn’t good enough, it just sets them apart from many other artists. So many people find that these lyrics have saved them, made them feel like they aren’t alone and that someone is standing up for them, or at least besides them. It made people feel like they had a chance at getting past their dark cloud. For many people, these lyrics are what kept them alive, and the band continues to try and save lives every day because they don’t do it just for the money or the fame, they sincerely want to help people going through what they went through.
Fan Base: The twenty-one pilots fanbase is referred to as the clique or the skeleton clique. They’re most known for their #cliqueart which is fan art created for the band. Personally, I think that it’s some of the coolest fan art around, just because the fans are so talented and everyone is willing to give it a shot, it isn’t just left to the professional artists of the group. And while the clique is primarily teens to 20 somethings, most people enjoy their music just for their catchy songs and the lyrics.
Clique Art (Examples): I don’t know the artists, but if one of these is yours first of all THESE ARE AMAZING, and second let me know in the comments so I can put your name in!
Blurryface: “In short, Blurryface is the opposite of lead singer Tyler Joseph. Blurryface would be Hyde if Tyler was Dr. Jekyll. Blurryface has been described not as an actual physical character but rather as a intangible character living inside of Tyler. ” For more examples and theories behind Blurryface, look here.
My Favorite Songs/Lyrics:
Ode To Sleep: ” The dark’s not taking prisoners tonights”
Trees: “I want to say hello”
Kitchen Sink: “No one else is dealing with your demons, meaning maybe defeating them could be the beginning of your meaning, friend.”
Holding Onto You: “Tie it to a tree tell it, you belong to me, this ain’t a noose this is a leash and I have news for you, you must obey me”
Migraine: “Cause sometimes to stay alive you gotta kill your mind”
Guns for Hands: “It’s obviously best for them to turn their guns into a fist”
Hope you guys enjoyed reading about one of my favorite bands as much as I enjoyed writing about them. If you ever want to talk about them or show me your fan art let me know! I’m thinking about maybe making more of these talking about some of my favorite bands in addition to other posts? Anyway, I hope you guys have a great week, you deserve it!