Written by Keyena Smith
Please stop me if I’m getting too Tom DeLonge here, but after obsessively re-scouring all their latest projects, I’ve noticed a couple things worth stating for why I think the next album from Twenty One Pilots is going to be VERY different than anything else we’ve seen from them.
1. They burned their own damn logo
If you haven’t seen their new music video for “heavydirtysoul” go check that out so we can talk about that for a hot minute. It shows Ty-Jo driving by in a car that’s falling apart and sparking – which sets the fire on Josh’s drums that burns the entire music video long. (I know, I know Tyler has a 10/10 bad time with cars) but knowing how thoughtful TØP is with their lyrics and symbols, I’m willing to bet that this was very much intentional. I think we can count on an almost complete rebranding and new style of music entirely. Burn your idols, man. I support it.
2. TOPXXMM (the MUTEMATH sessions)
Okay, so we all know this was amazing, but it was definitely different. And (if you ask me) it’s a sign that fans are going to have to accept the change that is coming. This session took some of their biggest hits and reimagined them while also giving credit to another incredible band. However, they showed fans that there are capable of so much more than we have seen from them. It’s even possible that they put it out as an example of what fans can expect from their new music: experimental, electronic, screamy and dreamy. Time will tell.
3. Change is hinted at in interviews
In an interview with Alternative Press, Tyler said he “[feels] a greater sense of freedom and less pressure” moving forward post Blurryface. The boys have already made it, so the real question is: what next?
4. TØP’s Lane Boy lyrics
Take your pick:
“I’m in constant confrontation with what I want and what is poppin’ in the industry, it seems to me that singles on the radio are currency, my creativity’s only free when I’m playing shows”
“They say ‘stay in your lane, boy’ but we go where we want to”
“They think this thing is a highway, if it was our way, we’d have a tempo change every other time change, cause our mind’s change on what we think is good”
We hear you, boys. There’s a lot of pressure to be a certain way in the music industry and the signs are everywhere that TØP is all kinds of over it. Maybe I’m looking into things too much, but I trust that these boys are confident in always creating new and exciting things.
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