Twenty One Pilots‘ second studio album, ‘Vessel’ turns 5 years old today. It was the first album I heard from the dynamic duo and its the reason I’m so in love with them. ‘Vessel’ is an eclectic mix of alt-rock, rap and ukuleles. This album is impossible to pin down; some songs are heavy on synths, whereas some are stripped back completely. It is this versatility that makes this album so loved by people with all musical taste.
‘Car Radio‘ was the first song I ever heard from this band. The first time I hated it, the ‘screaming’ put me off and I thought it was weird. Flash forward a few years, after I’d matured a little and learnt more about the world (meaning found out what depression and anxiety was), I loved it. The song spoke to the aching in my heart and reminded me that I wasn’t alone in a world that seemed so dark to me. This song has come to represent staying strong and each time I hear it I can picture vividly their insane live show. If you don’t listen to ‘Car Radio’ as loud as your speakers go, then you’re doing it wrong.
“Sometimes death seems better than the migraine in my head.” – Migraine
It’s brutally real lines that this that encourage twenty one pilots fans to confront their issues. Never before have I found a fanbase that is so wholesome and welcoming. The creative bunch of fans (known as the clique) band together over shared love and shared suffering. Though you aren’t healed through the words of a singer, you are reminded that you’re not alone. It takes a special type of person to bring people together, especially in times like this – in twenty one pilots we find two such people.
One of the stripped tracks on the album is ‘House Of Gold’; a beautiful ode to mothers, concreting that age-old view of Tyler and Josh as Momma’s boys. With this song being primarily drums and ukulele, it stands out on this album pumped with electronic sounds. It’s also one of the happier songs on the album, not focusing on the war we fight within ourselves but that special kind of love every person has for their mother. I adore this song and everything it stands for, and the reprieve it gives us in this album that is a little too close to home.
‘Trees‘ and ‘Forest‘ are two of my favourite songs on this album. Both these songs are so evocative in their lyrics. Every track on this album is an anthem for the depressed and the suffering. ‘Trees’ is one of the most moving songs to witness live and the track has a similar effect solo. It brings a tear to my eye to think of Tyler stood in a forest calling out for something to concrete his faith. This song is raw and honest.
I could talk about every one of these songs for hours, entire essays on each track. ‘Vessel’ is the album that brought these two boys from Colombus worldwide and it’s the album that won the affection of people everywhere. Its raw honesty and ability to deal with taboo issues are just a few of the things that makes this album one of the best ever. I want to know what you’re favourite track from ‘Vessel’ is and why?