10 things you may have forgotten about twenty one pilots’ ‘Blurryface’
It's hard to believe that twenty one pilots' breakthrough album is five years old. Blurryface started out as being a manifestation of frontman Tyler Joseph's fears. It ended up achieving sales records as a single album and as individual tracks. While sales are the way to measure commercial success, the emotional connection the album has fostered with listeners is undeniable.
In this APTV video, we review some of the stories behind the record's creation. We also discuss some of the adjunct aspects of twenty one pilots' world at the time. There are all kinds of influences displayed on Blurryface. At first glance, many of them are sonic. Upon closer inspection, you see the duo's attitudes and viewpoints come to fruition. It's a crucial record for not only the band, but for the lives it reached. We use terms like "dark pop" to describe great melodies with unsettling lyrics. Here, twenty one pilots have encouraged us to embrace our fears and our individuality. It's never cloying and never syrupy-sweet. Just very, very real.
Our video reviews not only the stuff coming out of the speakers, but the life of the band. How many bands can pull off a video for a love song that's one part Inception and the other Atomic Blonde? Even something as routine as the disc packaging takes on a whole new concern with these guys.
Twenty one pilots' Blurryface is monumental in so many ways. There are amazing songs that make us smile, dance, ponder, sometimes even cry. It's one of the few records that pays forward both artistic intention and great amounts of empathy. In a lot of ways, it's more than just a collection of songs. We consider it a reminder that everything is going to be OK.