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A Review of Twenty One Pilots

Jacklyne Goduti, Staff Writer

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Looking back at 2018, a highlight was the Twenty One Pilots show held on Oct 26 at the TD Garden, Boston. This band has been my favorite for a long time, and I was surprised by my dad with tickets. I am not alone in my admiration for the band, as the Garden was filled with 19,580 fans.

Inside the Garden there were large amounts of yellow duct tape and floral patterns. Those details were in the music videos that were released and the band members had also worn those patterns. The concert itself was phenomenal.

Drummer Josh Dun entertained the audience, even doing a back flip off the piano. Tyler Joseph, the singer, acted completely like  himself in a way that is difficult to explain unless you have actually seen how he acts. All in all their stage presence really was fun and welcoming.

Twenty One Pilots is a band that does not fit into a clear genre of music, which makes it alternative. Their songs like “Ride,” “Stressed Out” and “Heathens” were overplayed on the radio, which in complete honesty at first ruined those songs for me. But then I saw this concert and heard “Stressed Out” and “Ride” played live, and I now possess a new appreciation for these songs.

I was glad they played “Trapdoor” and “Taxi Cab” as although they are older, they are very unique. ”

— Jacklyne Goduti

Some of the songs from the new album Trench were “Jumpsuit,” “Nico and The Niners,” “Levitate,” “Bandito,” “Pet Cheetah,” “Leave the City,” “My Blood,” and “Neon Gravestone.”

Along with songs from their album Trench, Joseph and Dun performed “Holding Onto You,” “Car Radio” and “Trees” from their third studio album Vessel. “Car Radio” talks about how being left to your own thoughts can feel like hell. “Car Radio,” “Lane Boy”  and “Trapdoor” were a few songs that really hit me on a personal level.

From their album “Blurryface” they played “Stressed Out,” “Ride” and “Lane Boy.” These are definitely some of the most popular and well-liked songs. “Lane Boy” expresses that even if society wants you to be a certain way and stay in the lane they paved for you, you shouldn’t. Front man Joseph tells us that he refuses, and if he didn’t have the music he doesn’t know where he’d be.

Some songs that are less likely to be heard are from their 2009 self-titled album. I was glad they played “Trapdoor” and “Taxi Cab” as although they are older, they are very unique. “Trapdoor” gives an image of someone who pretends to be someone they aren’t, a person who pretends to be happy and hide their real feelings, putting on a show for the world so as to avoid talking about what is truly bothering them.

The best way to describe the songs of Twenty One Pilots is that each is like an iceberg. You hear the song, which is the top the part you can explicitly see, but once you actually listen to the song, really listen and understand what is being said, you can understand the implicit meaning of the songs, the rest of the iceberg that exists beneath the surface.

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Jacklyne Goduti, Staff Writer

Jackie is a member of the class of 2022. She has no past experiences in publishing yet, but she has a passion for writing. Along with writing, Jackie takes...

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