On November 12, 2012, the official music video for “Holding on to You”, directed by Jordan Bahat, was released on YouTube. On January 7 and April 19, 2013, the band released music videos for “Guns for Hands” and “Car Radio”, respectively, both directed by Mark Eshleman of Reel Bear Media. In 2010, the band posted two tracks to their SoundCloud account, a cover of “Jar of Hearts” by Christina Perri and a remixed interpretation of “Con te partirò ” by Andrea Bocelli and Sarah Brightman. The latter track would become the first song that local drummer Josh Dun heard from the group.
Regional At Best is a 2011 studio album by Twenty One Pilots. This album comes in a jewel case with two disks, a copy of Regional at Best and a copy of the group’s self-titled debut album. The case has two print-out inserts featuring the front and back album art of the album. After signing with Fueled by Ramen in 2012, the rights to Regional at Best were transferred to the label. Along with the release of Vessel, Regional at Best was discontinued, no longer available digitally or physically except for on Pandora and Deezer. If you go to a Twenty One Pilots concert, you’ll leave with “Trees” stuck in your head.
On July 8, 2011, Joseph and Dun released a second independent album, Regional At Best. Since signing to Fueled By Ramen in 2012, the duo have released their major label debut Vessel in January of 2013, and its explosively popular follow-up Blurryface in May of 2015. Two new singles from the band, named “Jumpsuit” and “Nico and the Niners”, were simultaneously released on July 11, 2018.
“Bicycle Thief” and “Chill Coat”, a play on the last name of the band’s lawyer, Jeff Chilcoat, were among some of the rejected band names. This goes back to college days, according to Joseph, when he was studying theater at Ohio State University. He got the band’s name and meaning from reading the 1947 play All My Sons by American playwright Arthur Miller. In the story, the main protagonist is a war contractor named Joe Keller who crafts airplane parts for war planes. Upon discovering some are faulty and would fail if used, he must decide whether or not to recall them. Keller is forced to make a decision to either spend his money trying to repair the faulty parts or press forward and use them.
“Johnny Boy” remains a fan-favorite for Twenty One Pilots diehards. But it feels like Tyler Joseph going for a Jack’s Mannequin moment. The song is also the centerpiece of the band’s self-titled debut. “Fairly Local” attempts intensity, but instead give you whiplash with its over-produced EDM beats, out-of-place orchestral sections and quippy lyrics like “Yo, this song will never be on the radio.” The two-piece are currently on the Emotional Roadshow World tour, which began in Cincinnati on the 31st May 2016. The tour will continue throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, Europe and Australia.
Alongside this, the overall drumming has increased, adding more complexity to the mix thanks to the talent brought to the table by newly recruited Josh Dun. As this album leans more towards a demo album for almost half of the songs, a lot of the songs just sound underproduced compared to their fellow reworkings. But we aren’t here to compare, we’re here to see what we have, and what we have is pretty great as it is. On September 12, 2018, Twenty One Pilots played their first live show in over a year, titled A Complete Diversion, at O2 Brixton Academy in London. They performed the four released songs from Trench, as well as some songs from their previous albums, to promote the album and the upcoming The Bandito Tour.