Saturday, 6 August 2016

In Focus | twenty øne piløts

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My name's Blurryface and I care what you think.

I didn't particularly like twenty one pilots a year ago. I came across 'Car Radio' on YouTube and everyone seemed to be obsessed with it, but I didn't think too much of it.

Fast forward to this summer, and their 2015 record BLURRYFΛCE has been my album of choice. The first half especially, up until 'The Judge'. Those first seven songs stick out to me more than the last seven; lyrically more than anything. And because I have a tendency to listen to this whilst I'm going to sleep, and only make it through the first half. 

twenty one pilots aren't really a band that I would listen to. Before I'd actually heard any of their songs, I always thought there were an alternative rock band due to their fans liking similar music to me. It wasn't until I heard 'Car Radio' that I realized that they are more alternative hip-hop than rock, which dissuaded me a little bit - since its a genre that I'm really picky about. 

But the more I listened to 'Stressed Out' and related to the lyrics, I fell for them. Tyler and Josh are insanely talented. I don't know how they do it, but they can go from a rap heavy track like the 'Heavydirtysoul' to pop orientated tracks like 'Ride' and 'Tear in My Heart', and back again, all in one album. BLURRYFΛCE is such an eclectic record to listen to, which is why I think I've kept going back to it throughout the summer. 

Then there was the release of 'Heathens' for the Suicide Squad soundtrack. Again, I wasn't expecting much - since this released as I was just getting into them - but 'Heathens' has ended up being my favourite from them. It's such a strange song, with a hip-hop beat and a weird nursery rhyme melody to the lyrics; fitting the tone of the film perfectly. 

I'm glad that I got past my preconceived bias towards the band last year. Its been such a treat this summer to discover BLURRYFΛCE and actually want to delve deeper into their discography - and patiently wait for new material. 

And the video for 'Heathens', man. What a video. 

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