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Concert Review: Twenty One Pilots Live in Singapore // ‘Blurryface Tour 2015′

Editors Choice, Pop, R&B/Hip-Hop, Rock

21st July 2015

I recently attended a Twenty One Pilots concert here in Singapore and below is my review.

But first, if you do not know who Twenty One Pilots are, here’s some background information. The band was formed in 2009 consisting of 2 members, Tyler Joseph and Joshua Dun. Before getting signed with Fueled By Ramen, they released 2 albums called ‘Twenty One Pilots’ and ‘Regional at Best’ in 2011. They then released their signed debut album ‘Vessel’ and most recently this year, ‘BlurryFace’. You can check out our review of ‘Blurryface’ here : ‘Blurryface’ Album review

A short while ago, Twenty One Pilots had their first show in Singapore and it was mind blowing. It consists of amazing lighting in conjunction with Tyler’s strong vocals and Josh drumming with all his might. Considering the fact that Tyler recently had a throat infection which caused them to cancel their show in Taiwan, they put on an amazing performance in Singapore.

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They started off the show with ‘Heavy Dirty Soul’ during which both Tyler and Josh were wearing masks. Once Tyler started rapping and Josh started drumming, the crowd went wild singing along to every word. They then moved on to ‘Stressed out’ followed by ‘Gun For Hands’ , ‘Migraine’ and ‘House Of Gold’.

Tyler came out in his trademark Kimono, Sunglasses, and his ukulele, and did a cover of ‘Bugatti’ by Ace Hood  and ‘All I Do Is Win’ by DJ Khaled before transitioning to ‘We don’t believe what’s on TV ‘, bringing us to the chorus of the song where Josh took out his trumpet accompanying Tyler with the lines ‘I don’t care what’s in your hair/ I just want to know what’s on your mind/I used to say, I want to die before I’m old / But because of you I might think twice.’  before returning back to his drums.

They moved on to ‘ The Judge’ and ‘Lane Boy’. I felt that ‘Lane Boy’ was one of the highlights of the show as, they had us all bend down before having us jump to the crazy lightings and fast beat of the music. It is a song that you would have to experience live yourself to understand. It was one of the craziest moments in the show where you could feel the ground shake.

Photo source : https://twitter.com/twentyonepilots

Photo source : https://twitter.com/twentyonepilots

Following after was ‘Fairly Local’ and ‘ Holding On To You’, which consists of Tyler climbing into the crowd singing the first part of the song. However, due to dangerous circumstances, Tyler went back onto the stage early as someone got hurt. But, even though all that happened, Tyler and Josh did a great job.

This brings us to the next song which made many fans in the crowd scream louder. ‘Fall Away’ is one of the songs from their very first album, ‘ Twenty One Pilots’. Many did not know the lyrics but they still brought energy and sang along to the parts where Tyler would go ‘ I don’t wanna fall, fall away / I don’t wanna fall, fall away / I’ll keep the lights on in this place / Cause I don’t wanna fall, fall away ‘ .

Tyler and Josh started on the next song which was a cover of Bob Marley’s ‘ No Woman, No Cry’ and transitioned to ‘Ride’ before continuing on with ‘ The Run And Go’, which were by the way, all amazing live. They then brought a fan up on stage to do their signature handshake, with her hands and neck painted in black ink, decked out with a red beanie and black from her neck down, she was dressed exactly how Tyler was in their ‘Tear In My Heart’ video. It was amazing to see such dedicated fans at their first ever show in Singapore.

They ended the set with ‘Tear in My Heart’ and ‘Car Radio’ before coming back on stage for an Encore, ending the concert with a bang, performing ‘Trees’. The song ‘Trees’ was absolutely spectacular live. Even though they were meant to play the drums on the crowd, Yes, on the crowd, they did not due to what happened during the song ‘Holding On To You’ earlier in the set. Instead, they placed both drums onto the piano and both Tyler and Josh got up to the piano to hit the drums.

Photo Source : https://twitter.com/twentyonepilots

Photo Source : https://twitter.com/twentyonepilots

Overall, the show was hands down one of the best concerts I’ve ever been to. If you’re ever lucky enough to have Twenty One Pilots heading over to your country for a show, do not miss it. If I had another chance, I would for sure do it all over again.

Check out the tour dates here : BlurryFace Tour 

Article By : Cristal Faith Lim

 

 

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Album Review: Twenty One Pilots // Blurryface

Editors Choice, News, Pop

22nd May 2015

‘Heavydirtysoul’ is a fast-paced, strong opener just like ‘Ode to Sleep’ was on their 2013 breakthrough album Vessel. The song’s verses are all from an old street poem Tyler Joseph, the lead singer of the band, performed a few years back which delicately bridges the older Twenty One Pilots era with the new.

With four producers including Mike Elizondo (Eminem, Dr. Dre) and Mike Crossey (Foals, Arctic Monkeys), they made certain no genre gets left behind. There are three known elements to a Twenty One Pilots song: The skewed and different-paced bridges, fast rapping, and a lot of ukulele, (‘The Judge’, ‘Message Man’), and that is just about the only promised thing you can expect. The more electronica-heavy ‘Lane Boy’ and ‘Polarize’ deals with a reggae vibe without it being cliche, ‘Not Today’ is an upbeat song with a heavy heart, and its contradicting style of writing is a familiar way for Tyler to separate the wheat from the chaff listener-wise. However, the third to last song ‘Hometown’ stands out simply because it is the most predictable straightforward song in their catalogue. An immediate flashback to Lana Del Rey’s ‘Summertime Sadness’ only at a faster pace.

“Blurryface is a character,” says Tyler, “that represents all the things that I as an individual and everyone around me are insecure about.” He is pinpointing and putting a face and a song title to several of those. As fast and restless as ‘Heavydirtysoul’ opens the album, the slow-building ‘Goner’ ends it. It accepts those insecurities and worries and stands by it. ‘Goner’ was the last song to be finished for Blurryface but is ironically also the oldest song of the bunch, earlier released as a video in 2012, and yet again, the history of Twenty One Pilots comes full circle.

After the entire album was leaked days early by the band itself and the first five singles all released within the previous two months alone, some speculated why they had chosen perhaps lesser radio-friendly songs as singles, which begs the question whether or not this was intentional. After all, everything the band is in charge of seem to be a strategic chess match with very few creative coincidences.

The third invisible member of Twenty One Pilots is without a doubt the fans. There is a constant dynamic conversation between them and the listener; there are choices to be made on ‘The Judge’, “I don’t know if this song / is a surrender or a revel / I don’t know if this one / is about me or the devil”, and truthful worries about anxieties and self-doubt on ‘Stressed Out’ and ‘Fairly Local’. Tyler’s writing is intended for a live audience, it requires attention but it never dictates it, a fine line they once again manage to uphold on Blurryface.

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