With no signs of the band’s hiatus being over quite yet, that hasn’t stopped them from dropping hints on their social media accounts and webpage.
In the latest update, a fan found that a new picture was posted on dmaorg.info with text that further tells the story what ‘Dema’ is. Upon reading it, fans noticed that the photo had letters missing from it, and if you add the missing letters, they spell out “you are still sleeping.”
17 06MOON 07
— TØP Updates (@topupdating) May 9, 2018
Read the full letter below:
“To refer to Dema as my home has never felt accurate. Dema, to me, has simply been the place that I’ve existed, or, the ‘slot’ they’ve put me in. I’ve heard stories about the idea of ‘home,’ and its depiction has always seemed warm from the storyteller’s description. There was a realistic ownership of the place they inhabited that I admired, but could never relate to. This place, my place, however, seems devoid of the romance and wonder that the old stories tell. But, somewhere between the iron order and infallible precision of Dema, a hum of wonder exists, It’s the quiet wonder that my mind tends to gets lost in. This hope of discovery alone has birthed a new version of myself; a better version, I hope, that will find a way to experience what’s beyond these colossal walls.
What could this message mean?!
The text didn’t just end with a picture; it was also dated 17 06MOON 07. If you rearrange the numbers, it appears to be 06/07/17, which, as we know, was the date that the band originally announced their hiatus.
Bringing everything into darkness, the band posted a photo with the lyrics to their 2011 song “Car Radio:”
“AND NOW I JUST SIT IN SILENCE.”
— twenty one pilots (@twentyonepilots) July 7, 2017
Of course, the dated letter could mean anything.
It may simply be the band’s way of marking the start of the hiatus with a further backstory of Dema, or it could have been their way of hinting that they began working on new material.
You might recall from the 2017 APMAs, Twenty One Pilots drummer Josh Dun said frontman Tyler Joseph couldn’t be there because he was “severing ties with Dema.”
Of course, when Dun shared that tidbit of Joseph's whereabouts, fans immediately took the internet to investigate what the word “Dema” meant.
The word “Dema,” according to Wikipedia, means “tower of silence” in Iran, which fans are thinking links back to that earlier tweet that showed the eye closing…
Now, with the band’s latest letter, we know that the word Dema specifically refers to a place: “Dema, to me, has simply been the place that I’ve existed, or, the ‘slot’ they’ve put me in.”
We now know that they are referring to a place, rather than a saying, but that doesn’t mean that the original meaning of the word that we found was all for nothing.
— top today (@top__today) April 21, 2018
And what did fans find in the middle of these graves?
An image of nine circles that look exactly like Blurryface with the words correlating to the album's tracks.
Upon closer look, the nine circles have words above them, and if you put the letter and apply them to TOP lyrics, you’ll find each of the circles have lyrics to songs from Blurryface:
also just realized this picture is exactly like the blurryface cover pic.twitter.com/nK98fmOGat
— top today (@top__today) April 21, 2018
— Daniel Allen (@Danielallen01J) April 22, 2018
While this doesn't necessarily prove that the band's working on new music, a past cover story interview with AP (AP 342, January 2017), saw Joseph making a comment about his third major-label record, stating that Blurryface was “about a person. So that leaves ‘a place’ or ‘a thing.’ Probably ‘a place’?”
As we all know, Joseph doesn't talk about music until it's completely finished, so this comment could have hinted that the singer either had plans of making the new record, or he already completed it.
Either way, knowing that the forthcoming third record is set to be about “a place,” and knowing that Dema is a place where “Clancy” existed, it brings us to the conclusion that the band are hinting to more details about the upcoming record.
What do you think is going on with TOP? Let us hear those theories in the comments below!