Twenty One Pilots

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Twenty One Pilots
Twenty One Pilots Live at the LC - Columbus, OH.png
Twenty One Pilots performing in Columbus, Ohio
Background information
OriginWesterville, Ohio, United States
GenresIndie pop, alternative rock, indietronica, rap rock, piano rock, folktronica
Years active2009-present
LabelsFueled by Ramen
Websitetwentyonepilots.com
MembersTyler Joseph
Josh Dun
Past membersNick Thomas
Chris Salih
 
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Twenty One Pilots
Twenty One Pilots Live at the LC - Columbus, OH.png
Twenty One Pilots performing in Columbus, Ohio
Background information
OriginWesterville, Ohio, United States
GenresIndie pop, alternative rock, indietronica, rap rock, piano rock, folktronica
Years active2009-present
LabelsFueled by Ramen
Websitetwentyonepilots.com
MembersTyler Joseph
Josh Dun
Past membersNick Thomas
Chris Salih

Twenty One Pilots (stylized twenty | one | pilots) is an American musical duo from Columbus, Ohio. The band was formed in 2009 and consists of Tyler Joseph and Josh Dun.[1] They put out two self-released albums, Twenty One Pilots in 2009 and Regional at Best in 2011, before being signed by Fueled by Ramen in 2012.[2] They released their studio debut, Vessel, with Fueled by Ramen in 2013.[3]

History[edit]

2009-2011: Formation and Twenty One Pilots[edit]

The band was formed in 2009 in Columbus, Ohio by college friends, Tyler Joseph, Nick Thomas, and Chris Salih.[2][4] Joseph came up with the band's name while studying All My Sons by Arthur Miller, 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.[5] On December 29, 2009, they released their debut, self-titled album and began touring Ohio.

In 2010, the band released two officially unreleased tracks to their SoundCloud account. One, an original song entitled, "Time to Say Goodbye,"[6] and another cover of "Jar of Hearts"[7] by Christina Perri. Though they were originally available for free download, the option has since been removed.

In mid 2011, Thomas and Salih sequentially left due to busy schedules and Joseph was joined by Josh Dun.[4] Both posted farewell notes on the band's official Facebook page.[8][9]

2011-2012: Regional at Best and Fueled By Ramen record deal[edit]

Their second self-release, Regional at Best, was released July 8, 2011 with the new lineup consisting of only Joseph and Dun. The album was accompanied by a free CD release show on the grounds of New Albany High School. In November 2011, they played a sold out show at Columbus' Newport Music Hall attracting the attention of a dozen record labels. [10] Although many labels fought over the band, it was ultimately decided that they would sign to the Atlantic Records subsidiary label Fueled by Ramen.

During the same year, the duo also gave fans two free, otherwise unreleased, songs via their email newsletter: the original version of "House of Gold" and a single entitled "Two."

On February 11, 2012, the band released a music video on YouTube for an unreleased song called "Goner".[11] Besides the video, the song is still entirely and officially, unreleased.

2012-present: Vessel, Television debut and fourth album[edit]

In April 2012, at a sold out show at the Lifestyle Communities Pavilion, they announced their signing to Atlantic Records subsidiary label Fueled by Ramen.[4] On July 17, 2012, they released their debut Fueled by Ramen recording in the form of a three song EP, entitled Three Songs. In August 2012, they embarked on a short tour with Neon Trees and Walk the Moon.[10] They worked with Greg Wells, producer of Adele and Katy Perry, on their first full-length album on the record label Fueled by Ramen, Vessel.[12] It was released January 8, 2013 and reached No. 58 on the Billboard 200, No. 42 on the Digital Albums chart, No. 17 on the Internet Albums chart, No. 15 on the Rock Albums Chart and No. 10 on the Alternative Albums Chart.

Lead singer Tyler Joseph of Twenty One Pilots in a concert in "Gebäude 9", Cologne, on February 12, 2014.

The group currently has their first radio hit in America, "Holding on to You", which has reached 11 on the Billboard Alternative Songs chart; additionally, the singles "Guns for Hands" and "Lovely" reached No. 21 and No. 67, respectively, on the Japan Hot 100.

On November 12, 2012, the official music video for "Holding on to You" was released on YouTube.[13] Sequentially in 2013, music videos for "Guns for Hands" and "Car Radio" were uploaded on January 7 and April 19.[14][15]

In May 2013, Fall Out Boy announced that Twenty One Pilots will be touring as opening acts on the Save Rock and Roll Arena Tour the following Fall.[16]

On August 8, 2013, Twenty One Pilots performed "House of Gold" on Conan in their late night debut. On October 2 the music video for the song was uploaded to YouTube.[17]

On November 30, 2013, Tyler Joseph told Rolling Stone in a post-show interview that the duo had started work on their new album, and added that it would have a "chilled-out and mysterious" sound to it. "It's the kind of album, we think, that would give you shivers down your spine, or something to that effect, if you were driving alone in the dark", he said. "It'll have sort of a chilled-out, mysterious vibe to go with it." In the same interview, Dun confirmed that the two would extend their touring for Vessel through the first quarter of the new year. Additionally, the band's producer, Greg Wells, has stated on several occasions that 'big things' are coming for Twenty One Pilots.

On December 24, Christmas Eve, Tyler Joseph participated and sang "O come, O come, Emmanuel" at Five14 Church's Christmas With the Stars in New Albany, Ohio. The official video of the performance was uploaded to YouTube on February 14, 2014.[18]

On December 31, New Years Eve, the music video for Twenty One Pilots' song, "Truce", was uploaded to YouTube.[19]

On April 13, Twenty One Pilots performed "Car Radio" at the 2014 MTV Movie Awards.[20]

2014: Breakthrough and Quiet Is Violent World Tour[edit]

As the new year began, the band started to break into the mainstream,[citation needed] proven to be in demand at music festivals and other events all around the country.[citation needed] As a result, they took the show requests from different cities and blended them into the Quiet Is Violent World Tour, scheduled to begin in September 2014.[citation needed] On April 15, 2014, Joseph and Dun uploaded a cover of Mad World by Tears For Fears to YouTube. Following its release, the song began to appear as a staple in live performances by Twenty One Pilots.[citation needed]

Band members[edit]

Current
Former

Musical style and influence[edit]

Twenty One Pilots bring a mix of piano (sometimes an electronic keyboard or a keytar), synthesizer, drums (also mixed with electronic drums some parts), and vocals. Their songs are poetry-based (written by Tyler),[21] and when his poetry is too long he stated that he needs to start rapping to fit the lyrics in.[22]

People typically have trouble affiliating the band to a specific genre to describe them, since they bridge so many.[23] However, many fans (and themselves to a degree) have labeled them "Schizophrenic pop" (also known as Schizoid pop), a technically unofficial subgenre of pop.[5]

Although many of their songs contain allusions to Christian theology and have messages (even if implied) about God, and all members of the band (past and present) are Christians, Twenty One Pilots is not considered a Christian band.[4]

Discography[edit]

Twenty One Pilots official band logo.

Studio albums[edit]

Album TitleAlbum detailsPeak chart positions
US
[24]
US
Alt

[25]
US Rock
[26]
Twenty One Pilots[27]
Regional at Best[28]
Vessel[29]581015
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that territory.

Extended plays[edit]

Album TitleAlbum detailsChart positions
US
[24]
Three Songs EP[30]
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that territory.

Singles[edit]

TitleYearPeak chart positionsAlbum
US
[citation needed]
US Rock
[citation needed]
US
Alt

[31]
US Rock
Airplay

[32]
JP[33]
"Holding on to You"2012331032Vessel
"Guns for Hands"201321
"Lovely"67Regional at Best
"House of Gold"381018Vessel
"Car Radio"[34]2014115203747
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that territory.

Awards[edit]

A select list of Twenty One Pilots' awards and nominations.

YearRecipientAwardResult
2013"Holding On To You"MTV Video Music Award – Artist to Watch[35]Nominated
2013Twenty One PilotsMTV Europe Music Awards - Best Push Act[36]Nominated

Other projects[edit]

Besides Twenty One Pilots, Tyler Joseph has had a solo project that released a single album entitled No Phun Intended. The release is still available for listening purposes on Joseph's PureVolume account.[37]

In 2010, Tyler Joseph was featured in the song "Live" by the Christian rapper Jocef, with two other rappers (Juda and Alon). The song is the opening track to Jocef's debut album, In Search Of: L.O.V.E. [38] The track was co-written by Tyler Joseph and Joseph Langston (who is Jocef).[39]

Jocef returned the favor a year later and was featured on the song "Be Concerned" off Twenty One Pilots' 2011 Regional at Best.

Tyler and Josh also both contributed to a few tracks for the New Albany Five14 Church.[40][41]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "iTunes Music Twenty One Pilots". Retrieved February 1, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Twenty One Pilots Biography Billboard". Retrieved February 1, 2013. 
  3. ^ Review of Vessel, Allmusic
  4. ^ a b c d "With debut album set for release, Columbus duo Twenty One Pilots poised to break out". Retrieved February 1, 2013. 
  5. ^ a b "About twenty one pilots". Retrieved February 1, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Time to Say Goodbye" on SoundCloud
  7. ^ "Jar of Hearts" cover on SoundCloud
  8. ^ "Nick Thomas' Farewell Letter". Retrieved December 31, 2013. 
  9. ^ "Chris Salih's Farewell Letter". Retrieved December 31, 2013. 
  10. ^ a b "Review twenty one pilots Regional at Best". Retrieved February 1, 2013. 
  11. ^ "twenty one pilots: Goner". YouTube. February 11, 2012. 
  12. ^ "Twenty One Pilots - Music, Biography, Credits and Discography: AllMusic". Retrieved February 1, 2013. 
  13. ^ "twenty one pilots: Holding on to You". YouTube. November 14, 2012. 
  14. ^ "twenty one pilots: Guns For Hands". YouTube. January 7, 2013. 
  15. ^ "twenty one pilots: Car Radio". YouTube. April 19, 2013. 
  16. ^ "Twenty One Pilots added to Fall Out Boy arena tour". Alternative Press. May 13, 2013. Retrieved May 19, 2013. 
  17. ^ "twenty one pilots: House of Gold". YouTube. October 2, 2013. 
  18. ^ Tyler Joseph performs "O Come, O Come, Emanuel" at Five14 Church, OH on Christmas Eve
  19. ^ "twenty one pilots: Truce". YouTube. December 31, 2013. 
  20. ^ "twenty one pilots live at the MTV Movie Awards 2014". MTV. April 13, 2014. 
  21. ^ Interview: twenty one pilots; The National Student, April 9, 2013
  22. ^ Twenty One Pilots – More Than ‘Regional at Best’; Cornerstone, February 20, 2012
  23. ^ Interview: Twenty One Pilots; WOUB, March 14, 2012
  24. ^ a b "Twenty One Pilots - Chart history". Billboard. Retrieved May 24, 2014. 
  25. ^ "Twenty One Pilots - Chart history". Billboard. Retrieved May 24, 2014. 
  26. ^ "Twenty One Pilots - Chart history". Billboard. Retrieved May 24, 2014. 
  27. ^ "iTunes Music Twenty One Pilots by Twenty One Pilots". Retrieved February 1, 2013. 
  28. ^ "Regional at Best by twenty one pilots". Retrieved February 1, 2013. 
  29. ^ "iTunes Music Vessel by Twenty One Pilots". Retrieved February 1, 2013. 
  30. ^ "iTunes Music Three Songs by Twenty One Pilots". Retrieved February 1, 2013. 
  31. ^ "Twenty One Pilots - Chart history". Billboard. Retrieved May 24, 2014. 
  32. ^ "Twenty One Pilots - Chart history". Billboard. Retrieved May 24, 2014. 
  33. ^ "Twenty One Pilots - Chart history". Billboard. Retrieved May 24, 2014. 
  34. ^ "Future Releases on Alternative Radio Stations". All Access Music Group. Archived from the original on March 16, 2014. 
  35. ^ MTV artist to watch: TWENTY ONE PILOTS with FIVE KNIVES and KALEIDO at the Crofoot Ballroom; The Croofoot, October 5, 2013
  36. ^ MTV - Best Push - Vote; MTV
  37. ^ Tyler Joseph's No Phun Intended on PureVolume
  38. ^ Jocef's In Search Of: L.O.V.E on iTunes
  39. ^ In Search of L.O.V.E on Allmusic.com
  40. ^ "newalbanychurch.com". newalbanychurch.com. Retrieved May 24, 2014. 
  41. ^ "New Albany Music". Facebook. Retrieved May 24, 2014. 

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