twenty one pilots treated fans to an AMA today and it was pretty great. Vocalist Tyler Joseph and drummer Josh Dun delved into the story of Trench, shared favorite songs and, of course, made way too many jokes.
Here’s what we learned from their time answering questions on reddit:
Some more insight on the album’s concept and story
User Catey98 noticed TOP borrowed concepts from Zoroastrianism and the Bourbaki Group to created the Trench world. “What drove you to use these concepts and would you mind speaking more on what ways they inspired the concept? Were there any other things you found inspiration in while building the story?” they asked.
“The concept of a dying religion is sad and intriguing, and the reason it was dying was something they could never control: The lack of the vultures needed to carry out their theology. Something so natural and logical can get in the way of your religion,” the band explained.
More specifically on the Bourbaki Group, twenty one pilots explained they “named themselves after Nico” and that the story of Dema happened before them.
The duo also explained that Sahlo Folina is “what we cry out in TRENCH when we are in need.”
Additionaly, the band emphasized how fans are also responsible for creating Trench.
“The existence of Clancy was born out of an absence in this story that you all had inspired,” they shared.
On choosing the producer for Trench
User its-full-of-stars noted twenty one pilots worked with five producers on Blurryface, but only one on Trench.
“I had an instinct that’s hard to describe that I knew I wanted to produce this album myself. Paul [Meany] acted as the perfect co-driver to take it over the finish line,” Joseph explained. “I loved the producers we’ve worked with in the past and wanted to take what I learned and apply it.”
First, last and favorite songs off Trench
“Nico and the Niners” was the first song the band finished. Meanwhile, Joseph couldn’t choose just one song was the hardest to write, picking four: “Bandito,” “Morph,” “The Hype,” and “Chlorine.”
“I was working on “Bandito” while on the Blurryface tour. The opening riff of “Morph” and the production on “The Hype” took everything out of me,” the frontman explained. “Wrestling on trying to tackle what I was feeling in “Chlorine” was exhausting.”
Plus, they shared their favorite songs off the album. Joseph’s is “Cut My Lip” (today) and Dun’s is levitate.
Obviously, not all the questions (or answers) were serious
When TheShadyRelapse asked if fans would ever be able to buy physical copies of the band’s self-titled album again, Joseph had the perfect answer.
“Definitely wouldn’t rule it out but it’s not in our near future plans,” the singer wrote. “I have a hard copy myself that I’m looking to sell to make a bunch of money some day but if some were made that value would drop significantly.”
On that note, the answer to legomaster_v2’s question, “How much yellow tape have you guys gone through?” is…
“We are thinking about re-issuing a bunch of hard copies of the self-titled record to pay for all of the rolls we have already gone through. It’s a lot,” according to Dun.
Plus, the story of how Joseph and Dun met also got a new twist.
“Seasoned musician Josh Dun discovers — and falls in love with — struggling artist Tyler. He has just about given up on his dream to make it big as a singer until Josh coaxes him into the spotlight. But even as Tyler’s career takes off, the personal side of their relationship is breaking down, as Josh fights an ongoing battle with his own internal demons.”
Sure, sounds true, and weirdly similar to the plot of A Star Is Born.
There was also a bit of crying
User sammiethetiger said fans “purchased and gifted over 150 copies of Trench for fellow fans around the world who otherwise couldn’t afford or get access to it.”
“Jeeze guys put your wands away with that alohomora charm on our tear ducts,” the band replied.
A very important question
“Will you say ‘Josh Dun’ in a song in every album from now on?” Asked user conormangan.
…and a setlist hint?
“Taxi Cab is on the setlist, what?” They revealed.What, indeed.
twenty one pilots, Trench, and the Bandito Tour
Check out the issue and the tour dates below:
twenty one pilots tour dates
10/16 – Nashville, TN @ Bridgestone Arena
10/17 – Chicago, IL @ United Center
10/19 – St Louis, MO @ Enterprise Center
10/20 – Milwaukee, WI @ Wisconsin Entertainment Center
10/21 – St Paul, MN @ Xcel Energy Center
10/23 – Cleveland, OH @ Quicken Loans Arena
10/24 – Detroit, MI @ Little Caesars Arena
10/26 – Boston, MA @ TD Garden
10/27 – Uniondale, NY @ NYCB Live
10/28 – Philadelphia, PA @ Wells Fargo Center
10/30 – New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden
10/31 – Washington, DC @ Capital One Arena
11/02 – Atlanta, GA @ Philips Arena
11/03 – Tampa, FL @ Amalie Arena
11/04 – Sunrise, FL @ BB&T Center
11/06 – Houston, TX @ Toyota Center
11/07 – Dallas, TX @ American Airlines Center
11/09 – Phoenix, AZ @ Talking Stick Resort Arena
11/10 – Inglewood, CA @ The Forum
11/11 – Oakland, CA @ Oracle Arena
11/13 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Vivint Smart Home Arena
11/15 – Portland, OR @ Moda Center
11/16 – Tacoma, WA @ Tacoma Dome
11/17 – Boise, ID @ Taco Bell Arena
11/19 – Denver, CO @ Pepsi Center
11/20 – Lincoln, NE @ Pinnacle Bank Arena
11/21 – Kansas City, MO @ Sprint Center
12/07 – Perth, Australia @ Perth Arena
12/10 – Adelaide, Australia @ Adelaide Entertainment Centre
12/13 – Melbourne, Australia @ Rod Laver Arena
12/16 – Sydney, Australia @ Qudos Bank Arena
12/18 – Brisbane, Australia @ Brisbane Entertainment Centre
12/21 – Auckland, New Zealand @ Spark Arena
01/30/19 – Kiev, Ukraine @ Palace of Sports
02/02/19 – Moscow, Russia @ VTB Arena
02/04/19 – Saint Petersburg, Russia @ Ice Palace
02/06/19 – Helsinki, Finland @ Ice Hall
02/08/19 – Stockholm, Sweden @ Ericsson Globe Arena
02/09/19 – Oslo, Norway @ Telenor Arena
02/11/19 – Copenhagen, Denmark @ Royal Arena
02/12/19 – Hamburg, Germany @ Barclaycard Arena
02/14/19 – Berlin, Germany @ Mercedes-Benz Arena
02/15/19 – Lodz, Poland @ Atlas Arena
02/16/19 – Prague, Czech Republic @ The O2 Arena
02/17/19 – Vienna, Austria @ Wiener Stadthalle
02/21/19 – Bologna, Italy @ Unipol Arena
02/23/19 – Zurich, Switzerland @ Hallenstadion Zurich
02/24/19 – Stuttgart, Germany @ Hanns-Martin-Schleyerhalle
02/25/19 – Cologne, Germany @ Lanxess Arena
02/27/19 – Birmingham, England @ Genting Arena
03/01/19 – Dublin, Ireland @ 3Arena
03/02/19 – Belfast, Ireland @ SSE Arena Belfast
03/04/19 – Glasgow, Scotland @ The SSE Hydro Arena
03/05/19 – Manchester, England @ Manchester Arena
03/07/19 – London, England @ The SSE Arena Wembley
03/08/19 – London, England @ The SSE Arena Wembley
03/11/19 – Paris, France @ Accorhotels Arena
03/12/19 – Amsterdam, Netherlands @ Ziggo Dome
03/13/19 – Brussels, Belgium @ Palais 12
03/15/19 – Bilbao, Spain @ Bizkaia Arena
03/16/19 – Madrid, Spain @ WiZink Center
03/17/19 – Lisbon, Portugal @ Altice Arena
05/01/19 – Monterrey, Mexico @ Arena Monterrey
05/03/19 – Mexico City, Mexico @ Sports Palace
05/06/19 – Guadalajara, Mexico @ Arena VFG
05/12/19 – Vancouver, BC @ Rogers Arena
05/14/19 – Calgary, AB @ Scotiabank Saddledome
05/15/19 – Edmonton, AB @ Rogers Place
05/17/19 – Winnpeg, MB @ Bell MTS Place
05/20/19 – London, ON @ Budweiser Gardens
05/21/19 – Ottawa, ON @ Canadian Tire Centre
05/22/19 – Monteral, QC @ Bell Centre
05/28/19 – Toronto, ON @ Scotiabank Arena
05/31/19 – Grand Rapids, MI @ Van Andel Arena
06/01/19 – Buffalo, NY @ Keybank Center
06/04/19 – Brooklyn, NY @ Barclays Center
06/07/19 – Pittsburgh, PA @ PPG Paints Arena
06/08/19 – Atlantic City, NJ @ Boardwalk Hall
06/09/19 – Charlottesville, VA @ John Paul Jones Arena
06/11/19 – Raleigh, NC @ PNC Arena
06/12/19 – Charotte, NC @ Spectrum Center
06/14/19 – Jacksonville, FL @ Veterans Memorial Arena
06/15/19 – Miami, FL @ American Airlines Arena
06/16/19 – Orland, FL @ Amway Center
06/18/19 – Birmingham, AL @ Legacy Arena
06/19/19 – New Orleans, LA @ Smoothie King Center
06/21/19 – Houston, TX @ Toyota Center
06/23/19 – Austin, TX @ Frank Erwin Center
06/25/19 – Oklahoma City, OK @ Chesapeake Energy
06/26/19 – Mephis, TN @ FedExForum
06/28/19 – Indianapolis, IN @ Bankers Life Fieldhouse
06/29/19 – Columbus, OH @ Nationwide Arena