The Power of Twenty One Pilots
By: Gabby Frost
August 21st, 2014. That was the first day I listened to twenty one pilots. The first song of theirs that I listened to was "Ode To Sleep," the opening track on Vessel. At first I was a little thrown back by their music. The tempo of the song went back and forth from being fast rapping to slow and pop sounding. I finished listening to the rest of the album and I was felt okay with it. I decided to download it onto my iTunes and keep listening to it once I got used to it and so I could listen to the lyrics more.
Once I was able to pick up on their lyrics and figure out the meaning behind some, I fell completely in love with their music. I remember the moment I was listening to "Fake You Out" and heard the words "our brains are sick but that's okay." Not many bands will address mental health in their music so it was amazing to hear someone finally do it.
Vessel really helped me get through some tough times. I knew when I listened to the album I could feel safe. The words of their songs helped me find comfort in the worst of times. Some of the songs on their first two albums helped me as well. “Kitchen Sink” off of their second album, Regional At Best empowered me a lot through things.
A few months later in March, Tyler (vocalist and writer of all of their songs except one) and Josh (drummer) announced that their 4th album, Blurryface, would be released in May. They dropped the first song "Fairly Local" and I was filled with utter excitement. I couldn't wait to listen to some new music that could help me through life even more. They began to release a new song every few weeks on Sundays. Every single time they dropped a new song, I became overwhelmed and couldn't contain my happiness. I would be jumping off the walls listening to the new music on repeat for hours.
Before I knew it, it was time for Blurryface to come out. It was released two days early and I tweeted, "if someone takes me to Best Buy to buy Blurryface, I will love you forever." My mom saw this tweet and knew how much I wanted the album so she took me. Ever since that day, it has been disc 6 in her car's CD player. Luckily for me, my mom became obsessed with them and always has Blurryface ready to play when we drove somewhere.
The Blurryface album proved itself to be true, as it helped me through some situations in life. I felt so inspired by Tyler and how the entire album was about fighting your "Blurryface," which stands for the dark part of yourself that takes control of your thoughts and who you are as a person. I could tell that Tyler and Josh wanted this album to help all of us fighting our own Blurryface so that we could one day defeat it.
In the midst of the new songs from Blurryface dropping, the dates for the Blurryface Tour were dropped as well. Philadelphia, PA happened to be one of the cities and I knew that I had to get tickets to see my all-time favorite band live. My mom let me buy tickets to see them on September 11th, 2015 at the Festival Pier in Philly.
I waited for 145 days for this concert, and it finally occurred yesterday. I impatiently sat in school the whole day waiting to be let out so I could finally see them. The whole time my mom drove me, she kept saying how she regretted not getting a ticket earlier because she would have died to see them live (she especially wanted to see heavydirtysoul, Lane Boy, and Goner).
When I got into the venue, I knew that I had to go on the side towards the front so I could be pushed up to the front. I was alone, so I knew it wouldn't be that hard to accomplish. During the two opening acts, Finish Ticket and Echosmith, I was able to get close enough to have a clear view of the stage.
The second the lights went out and the beginning of heavydirtysoul played, I went absolutely crazy inside. I could finally sing my favorite songs with some of my favorite people in the world. I felt so grateful I was able to be close enough to actually see Josh and Tyler in person and had the best concert experience in my life.
During the whole set I knew I was surrounded by people who were completely different than me but also wildly alike. All of us in the crowd were all singing along but had different reasons for why we were singing back. That thought hit me so many times throughout the concert and I was in such awe.
Throughout the past year I've realized that their music wasn't just about what Tyler was going through; it was about things a majority of us had gone through, are going through, or will go through in life. Tyler and Josh are able to create a genuine connection with every listener that many singers and bands have a difficult time doing. Their fans realize that even when they feel alone in the world, they can turn to the music of twenty one pilots to help them get through. That's the power of Twenty One Pilots.
Twenty One Pilots is a one-of-a-kind band that I was fortunate enough to come across in my life. I’m so glad I’m alive while they’re a band because I don’t know how I would be if it wasn’t for them. I hope more and more people can be exposed to their music and be able to feel the same way that me and hundreds of thousands of others do. It is an amazing feeling that I hope everyone can find in their lives even if they aren’t getting it from listening to twenty one pilots.