Dear Chester, I only realised a few days ago that it’s nearly been a year …
Red is dead and the yellow era has officially landed, with psycho-pop gods Twenty One Pilots back after a whole damn year on mute.
In case you’ve spent the last 12 months living under a rock, the Ohio duo ushered in a yearlong hiatus in July ’17 after two break-free years of touring on the back of 2015’s Blurryface. The record was a bit of a sleeper hit for Twenty One Pilots, boosting them from theatres to arenas thanks in no short part to such inimitable singles as Stressed Out and Ride (both of which you’ve 100 percent heard if you’ve turned on a radio since their releases).
The silence was technically broken back in April when a mysterious ARG (alternate reality game) dubbed ‘DEMAORG’ launched, doling out cryptic hints and journal entries from a fictional man named Clancy, who is presumed imprisoned and desperate to escape from his shackles. Whether or not he ends up breaking free from confinement is unknown, but things aren’t looking too hopeful since the ARG has supposedly come to a halt.
On the plus side, the end of the ARG means the return of Twenty One Pilots, and the boys seem especially generous after a year in hibernation. Not only have they announced a new album—Trench, due to land on Friday, October 5th via Fueled By Ramen—but they’ve dropped two extremely huge cuts from it: the gritty, grandiose Jumpsuit and eerily dancey Nico And The Niners.
The former spinkicks listeners with raw, roaring bass guitar and thumping drums that build into sheer chaos my the minute mark (keep an ear out for vocalist Tyler Joseph’s soul-melting screams at the end, too). It’s accompanied by an Andrew Donoho-directed music video that both follows on from last year’s Heavydirtysoul video, and introduces fans to the ominous new Trench era.
Twenty One Pilots will also embark on the Australian and New Zealand leg of The Bandito Tour this December, hitting arenas in Perth, Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Auckland.
Trench is out Friday, October 5th via Fueled By Ramen / Warner
Pre-order details are TBA, but this post will be updated with links when they go live!
Twenty One Pilots are also taking The Bandito Tour across Australia this December. Catch them at the following dates:
Friday December 7th – Perth Arena, Perth
Monday December 10th – Adelaide Entertainment Centre, Adelaide
Thursday December 13th – Rod Laver Area, Melbourne
Sunday December 16th – Qudos Bank Arena, Sydney
Tuesday December 18th – Brisbane Entertainment Centre, Brisbane
Friday December 21st – Spark Arena, Auckland
Ticket details are available from livenation.com.au