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Music preview: Twenty One Pilots is a band on the rise

Who is Blurryface?

This is the question that fans of the alternative group Twenty One Pilots have been asking themselves. The band’s lead singer, Tyler Joseph, posed the question on Twitter shortly following the announcement of the group’s new album, which is due out on May 19.

While fans may not know who Blurryface is, they can be sure that the music on the album titled “Blurryface” will be good. The group, made up of Joseph and drummer Josh Dun, is known for its mixture of piano, rap and techno backbeats, creating songs that are always interesting to listen to.

The band first gained recognition after its debut studio album, “Vessel,” in 2013. “Vessel” contained songs that didn’t fit in with any genre, prompting music critics to catalog them as everything from ukulele rap to schizophrenic pop. Most labels don’t accurately describe this group because it experiments with so many different sounds.

“Vessel” included peppy ukulele songs and sincere piano ballads.

Unlike most pop music these days, Twenty One Pilots’ lyrics are often tongue-in-cheek and introspective. Despite the upbeat music, the lyrics focus on depression and the struggles that people have with it. Metaphors and symbolism are used heavily in almost every song, and some include words that you’re more likely to find on the SAT than in a song.

The first single released from “Vessel,” “Holding On To You,” became incredibly popular and ultimately launched the band to stardom.

After a steady climb, the band was invited to tour with Fall Out Boy and Panic! at the Disco in 2013. Joseph and Dun accepted, and concertgoers were introduced to the energetic singer and drummer.

Although there are only two people in the band, its action-packed live shows are anything but boring. At points in their shows, both members crowd-surf and interact with the audience.

Already, the two singles released from “Blurryface,” “Fairly Local” and “Tear in My Heart,” have been climbing the alternative charts, and will continue their ascent.

Twenty One Pilots will be going on the “Blurryface” Tour this fall with Echosmith, and preorders for its new album are available on its website. For tour dates and more information, visit

Austin Nagelhout is a senior at Kenmore East High School.