Though the cover art of Twenty One Pilots’ 2013 third album, Vessel, features two elderly gentlemen sporting matching slacks and plaid button-down shirts, the actual band members looks nothing like the cover’s geriatric models. Instead, the Columbus, Ohio, alt-rock group is comprised of singer/multi-instrumentalist Tyler Joseph and drummer Josh Dun, who are both in their mid-twenties.
The band’s breakthrough single, “Holding On To You,” blends together elements of rock, punk and trip-hop, with Joseph’s vocals walking the line between singing and spoken word. As for the Twenty One Pilot’s overall sound, the band describes it as a “distinctive fusion of piano-driven schizoid pop and lyrical uplift.” Because the band doesn’t fit into just one type of musical genre, the duo is able to seamlessly blend into a variety of scenes and play with all sorts of different artists, like Fall Out Boy, Neon Trees and Walk The Moon.
“I like the concept of when you look on someone’s iPod and they’ve got Katy Perry and Kanye West and Kelly Clarkson all next to each other, they’re all way different,” Dun told ColumbusAlive.com in 2012. “They listen to all those different things, but they’re just alphabetized. So if you can get all of those different genres in one song, then that’s something that people are going to want to hear, I think. And that’s what we’ve found, that people do connect with that.” With ScoreBig, you save on every Twenty One Pilots ticket, every day.