Twenty One Pilots
April 1, 2016 - 8:00 PM + Add to Cal
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Patrons who purchased their tickets for the Algonquin Commons Theatre show are asked to arrive before the show to exchange your tickets at TD Place at Gate 2. Your seats at The Arena at TD Place have been pre-selected, so there's no need to lineup early.
Blurryface, Twenty One Pilots’ latest album, opens a new chapter in the Columbus, Ohio-based band’s story. A chapter which finds the duo of Tyler Joseph and Josh Dun disinterested in expectation and certainty, instead absorbing themselves in the undefined and breaking new ground as they fearlessly reimagine the possibilities of their music. Blurryface reflects these sentiments, each track lending itself to the idea of candid expression and genuine identity, ultimately revealing a collection of dynamic and diverse songs; linear in arrangement and poignantly honest.
The duo, which initially formed in 2009 and released two albums on their own, began writing the songs while touring extensively on their Fueled By Ramen debut Vessel, which was released in January of 2013. The album landed in the Billboard Top 200 and at No. 15 on the Billboard Top Rock Albums chart, and has sold over 300,000 copies, as well as 1,000,000 singles. To support the album, which was No. 1 on Alternative Press’ 10 Essential Albums of 2013, Twenty One Pilots embarked on a series of headlining tours that took them to over 325 shows worldwide. As they traveled, stopping to perform at festivals like Bonnaroo, Hangout Fest, Lollapalooza, Outside Lands, Download and Summersonic, and appearing at the 2014 MTV Movie Awards and on Conan and Late Night With Seth Meyers, Josh and Tyler began conceiving ideas for a new album.
Instead of selecting one producer for Blurryface, the band elected to select producers based on what a specific song needed. The duo worked in various studios around Los Angeles with Mike Elizondo, Tim Anderson and Ricky Reed, and went to London to record with Mike Crossey at Livingston Studios. The idea was that each producer would bring in a different set of skills that could best amplify what the music needed. “We felt like this album had so many different aspects to it we wanted to make sure we had the best guys on those particular songs that matched with what we thought made sense,” Tyler notes. “I feel like having multiple ears and multiple brains on this album makes sense. It lends itself to the music since the kind of music Josh and I are attracted to ranges drastically.”
The musicians each cite each other as the most important influence on Blurryface, reflecting the palpable connection that exists within the music. Both the album and the band’s live show feels like a conversation between two artists, and it is that back-and-forth that lends the songs their inherent strength. Tyler jokes that one of the band’s greatest achievements so far is “figuring out how to do a two-man huddle before we go out on stage,” a sentiment that reveals the importance of the duo’s collaboration. As you listen to Blurryface, as the songs shift between genres and stylistic aesthetics, it is Twenty One Pilots as a unit that connects the experience. It is meant to be heard all at once, in order, although the musicians concede to the idea that everyone listens to music in their own way.
The experience of that whole, if you choose to listen that way, is deeply rewarding and entirely unexpected, one that changes both your perception of Twenty One Pilots and of music itself. Blurryface is a journey that, in the end, takes you somewhere you couldn’t have imagined initially.