Fueled By Ramen seems to be leading the game with turning bands from the underground scene into huge mainstream successes. And in 2013, they might have done it again — this time with Columbus, Ohio natives Twenty One Pilots.
The duo, Tyler Joseph and Josh Dun, have been taking over the music scene very slowly with an odd style of music they named “Schizoid Pop,” a mix of indie, pop, electronic and rap. It may sound odd, but it works.
Vessel, their first FBR album, starts off with “Ode To Sleep,” which shows every side of the band. The track begins with an electronic feel and kicks right into Joseph’s rapping. The best part about the band is how easy it is for them to transition from rapping into quirky and incredibly catchy singing. The chorus is contagious as he sings, “ But I’ll tell them, why won’t you let me go? Do I threaten all your plans, I’m insignificant, Please tell them you have no plans for me, I will set my soul on fire, what have I become?”
The album’s first single, “Holding On To You,” seems like a good introduction to the band. The track seems almost reminiscent of Flobots megahit “Handlebars:” The rapping and electric feel is present here again, but the harmony present in the chorus is what makes it such a feel good song. It’s hard not to nod your head along every time it comes on.
“House of Gold” is one of the best tracks on the album. It’s an acoustic song that keeps hitting home, even though it’s the same lyrics over and over. “She asked me, ‘Son when I grow old, Will you buy me a house of gold? And when your father turns to stone, will you take care of me?”
But honestly, “Car Radio” is Vessel’s standout. The electronics on this song are insane and the buildup near the end would prove to be killer in a live show. The song starts off with some slow keys that build into Dun’s drumming. Joseph’s passion shows in his vocals as he screams “And now I just sit in silence” over and over at the end of the track. This song would work perfectly as the next single and should be the song to turn everyone’s head.
“Semi-Automatic” and “The Run and Go” keep up the good vibe and catchiness of the album while “Screen” slows things down a little bit, proving to be a good song to be right in the middle of the album.