Up and Coming: Twenty One Pilots


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Since the release of their latest album titled Blurryface on May 17, 2015 the popularity of the music duo called Twenty One Pilots has skyrocketed, but where did this popularity actually come from?

The band was formed in 2009 and was originally a trio of college friends consisting of Tyler Joseph, Nick Thomas and Chris Salih releasing a self released album named after the band itself. By the time they released their second self-released album titled Regional at Best hit stores on July 8, 2011 the band was now a duo with Josh Dun now joining the band as the lead drummer and Tyler Joseph remaining as the band’s front man.

Following the release the band signed a deal with Fueled By Ramen and together released the band’s first studio album titled Vessel on January 8, 2013. The album included several songs originally released on the album that was ultimately pulled from shelves, Regional at Best. With the release of Vessel the popularity of the band grew with a hit song on the radio that summer titled “Holding on to You”. The band is also big on social media and very close to their fans, referring to them as “The Skeleton Clique”.


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The music from the band is so relatable and makes you feel like the duo are your best friends and that you’ve shared some of the best and worst times of your life with them. They make days where you feel worthless and feel all alone just a little bit better, like that they’re in it with you. For the first time since Green Day I’ve never had a deeper connection with a band. They told me it’s ok to be weird and insecure through their music. Their music is a story of triumph through the darkest days of life. Without the help of Tyler Joseph and Josh Dun I’d still be in the dark and I’d still feel worthless, but i found a band that understood me, that gave me peace of mind and made it a little bit easier to sleep during the hardest time. I advise everyone to give them a listen because you won’t regret it, I know I don’t.


– Joe “Coupe” Ricupero