After Twenty One Pilots’ breakthrough album Blurry Face, fans were eagerly awaiting a new album. Blurry Face, which was named after a character the band created, incorporated in it elements of alternative, trip-hop, hip hop, reggae, and rap, along with electronic music into a cohesive and tight record. It was an instant success and topped the Billboard charts in the USA and multiple other countries worldwide. In 2018, it created history by being the only album to have every song on the album to receive a gold certification from the RIAA. This album led to the launch of twenty one pilots, which consists of the musical duo Tyler Joseph and Josh Dun, into mainstream success. In 2017, the song “Stressed Out” even won a Grammy for best pop duo/group performance. The song “Heathens” onto the Suicide Squad soundtrack and became an instant hit – After their launch into mainstream success, there was a lull of almost three years, until the band finally came out with Trench in October, 2018. The album revolves around the conceptual world of “Trench”, and the city Dema, which is the creative brainchild of Tyler Joseph. This fictional city was created much before they began the song writing process. Joseph on reddit explains that the word. Dema means Tower of Silence, where people practising the faith of Zoroastrianism would lay their dead to be disposed of by vultures. Joseph points out how something as small as the lack of vultures to dispose of the dead was leading to the death of their religion. The city Dema is ruled by nine bishops of whom Nico is the head. The Banditos is the group which aims at liberating the people of Dema from the rule of the bishops. This group uses the colour yellow since it cannot be detected by the bishops. The colour yellow along with the vulture which alludes to the Tower of Silence, finds its way onto the album cover art – On this album retains the varied elements of their previous album into a much more mature and structured record. This smarter sound can be attributed to the contribution of Paul Meany, the lead singer of the indie band Mutemath, who co-produced and co-wrote the album. The song writing still explores the themes of anxiety, depression and insecurities, just as Blurry Face did. It is this conceptual creativity along with their ability to blend genres seamlessly, which has made Twenty One Pilots attain the massive fan base that it has. They have managed to achieve this chart-topping success without being conventionally pop, but at the same time producing a radio friendly sound. While this album has failed to achieve the commercial success their previous album did, it still manages to be at par with, if not above Blurry Face.
Albumbytwenty one pilots
Released in 2018, 14 tracks, 58 min
For twenty one pilots, my adventure with their music began innocently. As every evening I was looking at YouTube, I suddenly came across their song "Taxi Cab" from their self-titled 2009 album twenty one pilots. After hearing it, I fell in love with it and immediately began to delve into their music. Tyler Joseph and Josh Dun are two people who create wonderful alternative rock music. Tyler is the vocalist of the band, who also plays the ukulele, the piano and the electric guitar. Josh completes the music with the sounds of trumpet and drums. Everyone has a favorite album though, and mine is their newest, Trench, ideally suited to create a beautifully wholly realized experience; songs which allow you to move into a different world and empathize with the Bandito theme, which leads the whole album. The variety of songs do not let you get bored, and constantly will amaze you. Although I love all their albums and songs, Trench is definitely the top one.
After the first three official albums, twenty one pilots’ Trench had a lot to live up to. The band has long explored mental illness and personal struggles, which many fans have both related to and found comfort in. This album continues to explore these themes, but includes strong themes of hope, alliance with others, and escape. In addition to being a solid album musically, Trench addresses a new, in-between stage of dealing with personal struggles and explores the artist’s relationships to people in their personal lives, and their audience.
The fifth studio album by alternative band twenty one pilots was one that was hyped up. Fans were waiting for Trench patiently and when it came out, no one could contain their excitement. However, the album is more than just an album, and due to the fact it is National Mental Health Awareness month, I wanted to dive into it with you. The album discusses mental illness in the form of a story and might so happen to also tell the story of Blurryface a little further.
From 1993 to 2003, the name of the game in the Rock music industry was Alternative, with every band from P.O.D. to Korn to Sneaker Pimps trying to break down the barriers between the Rock, Hip Hop & Electronic worlds for a more inclusive listening experience. While bands like LINKIN PARK saw extreme success in this time, others such as Limp Bizkit made sure the movement wouldn’t last long in the mainstream – Fast-forward another decade & twenty one pilots began piquing the world’s interest again with Vessel & the intriguing Blurryface, albeit with a Reggae Fusion sound; Even so, they still weren’t being taken seriously…that is, until they released Trench, putting every non-believer’s foot right down their throats.
Official Music Videos
Featuring Version Videos
Remix Version Videos
- Oct 05, 2018
- Alternative/Indie Rock
- Fueled by Ramen
- Tyler Joseph
- Paul Meany
- Tyler Joseph's home studio (Columbus, Ohio)
- United Recording Studios (Hollywood, California)
Trench is the fifth studio album by American musical duo Twenty One Pilots, released on October 5, 2018, through Fueled by Ramen. It is the band's first studio album in three years, after the breakthrough success of their previous album, Blurryface (2015). Recorded in secret during a year-long public silence, it is a concept album which explores mental health, suicide and doubt, themes prominently featured in the band's previous works, framed in the metaphorical city of Dema and the surrounding valley known as "Trench". The album is also the first release of the newly revived Elektra Music Group.Continue reading at Wikipedia...
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