Twenty One Pilots takes off

Contributing Writer

It took me 21 years, but I finally went to my first live concert with a good friend of mine. That concert happened to be the second-to-last show on Fall Out Boy’s Save Rock and Roll tour with Panic! At The Disco, as well as a band that I had never even heard of called Twenty One Pilots.

You know the saying “no one cares about the opening act?” Well, that didn’t apply to this particular concert tour. If you haven’t heard of them yet, I have a strong feeling that you will soon enough.

From the moment they started, I knew that this would be a band that I would want to spread around to all of my friends like the plague.

Formed in 2009 as an alternative hip-hop/rock band, they are comprised of two band members, Tyler Joseph and Josh Dun. They take their name from the play “All My Sons” by Arthur Miller, which Joseph read in a theatre class.

While listening to them, you would think that there would be at least three more band members. But in reality, both of them are so talented that they don’t need other band members.

Joseph is lead vocals, and he also plays the ukulele, keytar, synthesizer and piano.

Dun, on the other hand, has only one job: playing those drums. I have never seen anybody, live or on TV, play the drums anywhere near as well as he does. He is crazy good and an awesome sight to watch, plain and simple.

When I first heard Joseph sing, I wondered how so much beautiful sound could come out of such a little body. He is such a performer on stage, donning his trademark robber’s mask and screaming like a champ.

At the concert I went to, the band played a song that Joseph wrote for his mother, called “House of Gold.” Girls all around the venue were swooning, including myself. It’s a simple yet beautiful piece, performed only with Joseph’s voice and ukulele.

Twenty One Pilots was nominated for the 2013 MTV Video Music Award for Artist to Watch with their song “Holding On To You,” but sadly were beaten out by Austin Mahone with “What About Love.”

So, if you want to have to have some great music filling those ears of yours, go out and buy their newest album, “Vessel.” It was the best $10 I ever spent on an album, and I know that they will be on your radios sooner rather than later.

Twenty One Pilots is currently on their Trip for Concerts tour, and will be performing at Center Stage in Atlanta on Saturday, Nov. 23. To purchase tickets, or for more information, visit the band’s Facebook page or website.