Josh Dun and Tyler Joseph
Twenty One Pilots is a rock duo from Ohio that formed in 2009. The two current members are Tyler Joseph and Josh Dun. They released two albums, Twenty One Pilots
in 2009 and Regional At Best
in 2011, before being signed to Fueled by Ramen in 2012. They began their rise to fame with the release of their third album, Vessel
, in January 2013.
Their lyrics commonly deal with heavy topics and they have a unique sound that's hard to describe
- Adorkable: Both members, but Tyler especially.
- all lowercase letters: Their name is often stylized as twenty | one | pilots.
- Cloudcuckoolander: Tyler, especially on Twitter. He's been known to ask for live audience questions in the middle of concerts before, and actually call on people who raise their hand. This usually turns out about as well as you'd expect.note
- Cool Mask: The ski masks. Also a subversion of Malevolent Masked Men, as Tyler and Josh are anything but.
- Cool Shades: Both members wear them, but Tyler does the most as explained here
- Cover Version: Christina Perri's "Jar of Hearts", Katy Perry's "E.T.", The Isley Brothers's "Shout", among others.
- "Mad World" was part of their set during their spring 2014 tour.
- Driven to Suicide: A common theme in their songs.
- "Guns for Hands" is about suicidal teens.
- The Everyman: The protagonist of "Johnny Boy".
- Finger Gun: "Guns for Hands".
'Cause when the sun sets/it upsets what's left of my invested interest/Interested in putting my fingers to my head
- Gratuitous Japanese: In the "Guns for Hands" video, which has titles and subtitles in English and Japanese.
- Hearing Voices: Alluded to in "Ode to Sleep".
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: Tyler and Josh.
- Kaleidoscope Hair: Josh Dun has had his hair dyed nearly every colour of the rainbow by now. See this post for a few examples.
- Lyrical Cold Open: "Migraine".
- Lyrical Dissonance: The biography on their official website talks about how joy can exist even without happiness, so this is probably to reflect that theme.
- Mind Screw: The video for "House of Gold", which has both members upper halves playing the song while floating in mid air.
- Momma's Boy: Both Tyler and Josh. They tweet about their mothers and talk about them in interviews all the time, and Tyler even wrote “House of Gold” for his mother. He's even referred to himself and Josh by the trope title on a few occasions.
Tyler: i løve chord progressions and my mom.
- Mood Whiplash: "Ode to Sleep", which has dark verses followed by a ridiculously happy chorus that almost sounds like an entirely different song altogether.
- On Vessel, "House of Gold"note is followed by "Car Radio"note .
- Moral Dilemma: Their band name comes from the play "All My Sons" by Arthur Miller, in which a man indirectly kills 21 pilots by selling plane parts which he knew were faulty, but had he not sold them he would have lost money (which he needed) and tainted his business's name. The band's website says the name was chosen because we are all facing moral dilemmas frequently, and that the "right" answer is usually the one that seems tough at the time but will ultimately end up for the better.
- Neoclassical Punk Zydeco Rockabilly: Schizoid punk-pop rap with ukuleles thrown in every once in a while.
- One Woman Song: "Ruby".
- Rap Rock: Thanks to Tyler's lyrics being so long he had to start rapping to be able to fit them into their songs.
- Rhyming with Itself: In "Migraine", Tyler rhymes "Friday" with "Fridays", then rhymes "Sundays" with "Sundays" and then with "days".
- Self-Titled Album: Their first album.
- Soundtrack Dissonance: Played with in the video for "House of Gold". Both members are playing while cut in half and their organs are visibly spilling out of them, which is far more disturbing than one would expect for such a happy song, but neither member seems bothered by this at all.
- Spell My Name with an "S": Don't call them 21 pilots.
- Suddenly Shouting: In "House of Gold".
So I just might beCOME SOMEONE
- Surreal Music Video: The video for "Holding Onto You", which involves dancers wearing skeleton make-up and Tyler looking incredibly nervous.
- That Man Is Dead: Implied in "Trapdoor", which is about a man taking on a new identity to escape from his past.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: From the famous "Happy Wheels" video; Josh one time had this job on a cruise ship,note