- 30 Oct 18
Poor Tyler Joseph. The Twenty One Pilots frontman writes a semi-concept album about being ‘Stressed Out’ and now, three years later, that track has been streamed two billion times – and the Ohio two-piece have been catapulted into the intense glare of stardom.
Joseph’s creative response is to intensify his world-building schemes. Trench is set in an oppressive city named Dema, where depression reigns unchecked. Joseph’s character Clancy fights against Bishops who aim to keep people from seeking help. But what about the music? The album flies out of the traps with opener ‘Jumpsuit’, built around a thundering bass riff that shows off the industrial production of Paul Meaney, who does fantastically well to tie the duo’s hyperactive kitchen-sink range of sounds together.
Joseph’s commendable rapping skills are best illustrated on ‘Levitate’, and the pop sensibilities that have earned them their audience are on full display on ‘The Hype’, which is sure to become an alternative anthem.