twenty | one | pilots


twenty | one | pilots


Mon, April 14, 2014

Doors: 6:30 pm / Show: 7:30 pm


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twenty | one | pilots
twenty | one | pilots
In its purest form music acts as a conduit of self-expression that's free from the
conventions of society and that spirit of fearlessness lies at the core of twenty one
pilots, a group whose musical vision is completely their own. Over the past few years
the duo of frontman Tyler Joseph and drummer Josh Dun have built a hardcore
following that seems primed to reach a fever pitch with the release of their Fueled By
Ramen debut Vessel.
"The first song I ever played on the piano was my own. I never took any lessons,"
Joseph responds when asked about his musical background. "I looked at the piano and
realized that music was a way of being able to say something; the phrase I always use
is that 'music is a vessel' and that's where the album title comes from." Before long
Joseph was writing and recording his own demos in his basement and twenty | one |
pilots was born.
The Columbus, Ohio-based band started out like most acts but instead of aimlessly
touring they concentrated on their hometown base and before long they were selling out
huge local venues like Newport Music Hall despite the fact they only had two selfrecorded
releases available. "Every show we play our hearts out because where we
come from you have to grab people's attention and make sure that they never forget
you," Joseph says. "In our case we were able to build up a fanbase - one that walked
with us to grab the attention of the music industry outside of our hometown eventually
opening up the doors that have led to so many opportunities to take our music around
the world on what is an amazing journey".
The duo's ability to build up this local base was confirmed when the band sold out the
2,300-capacity LC Pavilion last April to announce that they were signing to Fueled By
Ramen, after being courted by over a dozen labels. That's right, there was no fancy
marketing or gimmickry that lead to twenty one pilots' rise, it was based solely on the
organic relationship they cultivated with their fans via their music, live performances and
online content. "To our fans we say we never got our big break, you created our big
break. Thank you," Joseph says.
For Vessel the band entered a real studio for the first time ever with Grammy nominated
producer Greg Wells (Weezer, Adele) to craft an album which merges elements of hiphop,
indie rock and punk in a way that's so seamless that you'll be rapping along one
minute and caught up in a lush orchestral line on a song like "Car Radio " in the next
minute. “We're not trying to consciously do something different but we've just never
emulated any other bands" Joseph explains. "We've never fit into any particular scene
so we figured we would just make our own."
From the impossibly catchy groove of "Semi-Automatic" to the high-energy hip-hop of
"Holding On To You" and the ambient electronic experimentation of "Trees," Vessel is a
complex collection of songs that shows why twenty one pilots are the latest addition to
Fueled By Ramen's extremely selective roster. "'Ode To Sleep' is a song I'm really
proud of because it's really odd when it comes to structure; it challenges the listener,"
Joseph explains. "Ultimately I think those are the types of moments that make our fans
really connect to our music."
Sounding so unique was never an obstacle for twenty one pilots early on, in fact it has
been a trait that has endeared them to their fans. "I don't think there are a lot of bands
that can play a hardcore show one night or a hip-hop show the next night and know that
it will work," Dun explains, adding that the band's live performances have always been
integral to the act. "We want our fans to leave all of their problems at the door and
immerse themselves in the music, the moment, when we perform live," he adds. "In the
end it's a giant release for everybody."
"We went from not having a glimmer of hope to all of the sudden having the opportunity
to leave Columbus and make a record and that's something that we're never going to
take for granted," Joseph summarizes. "The songs on Vessel represent who we are and
now we get to take this collection of songs, this body of work, to the world," he
continues. "It is not a short term thing for us, we're planning on being around for a long
Swedish threesome NONONO, aka vocalist Stina Wappling, and production duo Astma & Rocwell formed in Stockholm during the spring of 2012, following Stina's return from Brighton where she had spent three years studying for a degree in psychology - a subject which might have indirectly
impacted her songwriting...

"I don't know about songwriting rules, and I didn't go to music school," Stina explains. "It's more about a feeling I want to get out. i don't do that much active thinking when writing music but Psychology has probably influenced me because it gives you so many tools to think about life and situations". Stina now works in a mental hospital alongside making music. "I like to have that world alongside the music, because it is quite ease to get wrapped up in the music industry and lose sight of why you are really doing it- the love for music.Working with something completely different reminds me of how amazing it is that I get to work with my passion. This in its on turn makes me really happy and pleased on the inside, and thus hopefully doing a better job at the hospital, it´s a win win situation!

Despite her laid-back attitude, Stina threw herself into songwriting projects when she returned to Sweden during her long university holidays, having signed a publishing deal with Warner Chappell at the tender age of 21. In fact, it was through her publisher that she was introduced to Tobias and Michel aka Astma & Rocwell. Having worked together for ten years, primarily on hip hop, the production duo were looking for a vocalist for a new project. The three found instant chemistry, and soon became the trio now known as NONONO, a name which highlights an important philosophy for the band.

Having been pushed into musical projects that they didn't want to do, it became clear that in order to do the music they really wanted, they would have to start saying no, no, no. "We look at it as something that is really positive... to have the courage to say no to things you don't really want to do. If you say no to a job, or finish a relationship, it is often viewed as a negative thing, but it means you can start something new," Stina muses. She adds that it has now almost become her life motto.

This thoughtful sensibility is reflected in their much-hyped debut release "Like The Wind", to be released in the UK in early May through Best Fit Recordings. Described by Popjustice as "a song you are going to listen to once, then immediately feel like listening to again, setting in motion a repeat listening frenzy that will last well over three hours," it has also been championed by tastemakers including The Guardian, Notion and The Quietus.

"Like The Wind" is to be preceded by the anthemic "Pumpin Blood", set for a Scandinavia release this week. Having previously been described by The Guardian as "the kind of percussion-heavy, gloom-tinged pop which brought Niki & The Dove to
the masses last year", this track swerves the group in a new direction, with its overwhelmingly positive sentiment and rousing whistling hook. In fact, we expect the track to be universally adopted as the far superior "whistle song". With its instant appeal and summery feel, expect to see this track propel NONONO to anthemic status.

The band are currently finishing their debut album, which they describe as "dark and beat-orientated," for the most part, although the mood will likely improve as the seasons change in Sweden. The aim? "We would really like if someone gets a feeling that they can take from it. We want to make an impact and for people to be touched," says Michel. "Most importantly, it is going to come from the heart".
Venue Information:
The Blue Note (MO)
17 N 9th St
Columbia, MO, 65201-4845