Last night I went to my first twenty one pilots concert. twenty one pilots is Tyler Joseph and Josh Dun. Two guys with a new fresh sound and an amazing live show.
I was fortunate enough to meet the guys about a year ago when they came into my work and were looking to sign their record deal. They didn’t end up going with the company I was with (they signed to Fueled by Ramen) but while they spent the day at our offices, I was able to listen to them explain their vision for what they wanted to accomplish as artists. It was one of the coolest things I’ve ever been able to hear. They knew exactly who they wanted to be as an artist and they weren’t going to budge.
They make the music for you. That’s the biggest thing they emphasize. Their band is your band. You make everything happen, you can do anything you want with them. Which is something I don’t think I’ve ever heard another artist hold as a priority.
Tyler writes all of the music, does vocals, plays piano and keyboard, plays a little guitar and is one of the most high energy front men I’ve ever seen. Josh plays drums harder than anyone I’ve ever seen, hypes the crowd to crazy levels and does backflips off of Tyler’s piano.
SET LIST: Ode To Sleep, Migraine, Screen, House of Gold, Semi Automatic, Holding On To You, This Is How We Do It (cover), Run And Go, Fake You Out, Car Radio, Trees, Guns For Hands.
During their set they both wore skeleton masks, sock masks, Josh did a backflip off Tyler’s piano, Tyler scaled the Troubadour walls to hop onto the second floor balcony only to move throughout the entire venue and end up on the stage again, and they both got the crowd on their feet jumping and dancing more times than I’ve ever seen at a show. To be honest, I don’t think I’ve ever danced more at a show in my entire life. I loved every second.
Bottom line, the show was amazing. One of the best live experiences I’ve ever had. Go buy their album on iTunes here. It’s new, it’s fresh, it’s different and it’s good. Really really good. (My personal favorites are Guns For Hands, Ode To Sleep, Fake You Out and Holding On To You.)