Twenty One Pilots at Wedgewood Rooms, Portsmouth (26/02/14)


The multi-genre duo Twenty One Pilots originate from Colombus, Ohio. Tyler Joseph and Joshua Dun formed in 2009, self-releasing two albums Twenty One Pilots in 2009 and Regional at Best in 2011. They signed to Fueled by Ramen in 2012, releasing their first full-length album, Vessel, in 2013. Their live performances are something that should not be missed. Energetic and entertaining, their ‘distinctive fusion of piano-driven schizoid pop and lyrical uplift’ makes this band’s passion and determination even more distinctive from most music out today. Their genre is difficult to pin down to a specific element as their music contains a multitude of different musical sounds and ideas, from poetic rap to the ukulele, but fans have labelled them ‘Schizophrenic pop’, an unofficial subgenre of pop. They’re like no other, leading to multiple back to back headline tours across the globe, as well as a prime slot supporting Fall Out Boy on the US dates of their Save Rock and Roll tour, and appearances at multiple festivals last summer, including Reading and Leeds

The band’s name comes from the Arthur Miller play All My Sons. This play is about a man who must decide what is best for his family after he knowingly sends the army faulty parts for the good of his business and causes the death of twenty one pilots during World War 2. Joseph explains that the moral dilemma of the protagonist of the play is what inspired the band name, and their reason for creating music is that “we want to make people think.”

The two-piece have rapidly risen to new heights in fame, quickly gathering many global fans and a strong Facebook support of over 200k likes. They have begun work on their second studio-released album, something that is definitely worth the wait. As they say “Stay Strong. Live on. Pass on these songs.”

|-/ You can get tickets for their tour here.


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