twenty one pilots

Twenty One Pilots have been variously described as a hip-hop band, a rap act, an electronic duo and even a reggae group. In reality, any one of these descriptions could be used to cover the wide and varied stylistic tone of a band whose music has been described by fans and critics alike as 'schizo pop'. Formed in 2009 in Columbus, Ohio, the band was the brain child of lead vocalist Tyler Joseph who, along with bassist Nick Thomas and drummer Chris Salih, created the group and after a period performing as independent artists during which they released their self-titled debut album in 2009, 2011’s Regional at Best, and their commercial breakthrough, 2013’s Vessel. They signed to the Warner subsidiary label Fuelled by Ramen which specialized in the management and promotion of alternative indie acts and the partnership proved mutually beneficial with the release in 2015 of their fourth album Blurryface which topped Billboard's Album Chart and sold over 1.5 million copies in the US alone. Top selling songs from the album include “Tear in My Heart”, “Fairly Local” and “Ride” and the accompanying video to the track “Stressed Out” garnered over one billion views on YouTube. They followed up with Trench in 2018 and continued to be one of the most inventive, creative and successful acts within the US indie scene scoring three number 1 songs on the Alternative Airplay chart including “Chlorine”, “The Hype”, and “Jumpsuit”. In 2021 they returned with Scaled and Icy, which became their third straight top 5 album and featured their eighth Alternative Airplay chart-topper “Shy Away”.

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