Twenty One Pilots Dropped Two Cryptic Singles – What Do They Really Mean?

Twenty One Pilots is back, and in a big way. The Grammy-winning duo released two new tracks Wednesday, “Jumpsuit” and “Nico And The Niners”, their first new music since 2016. The singles vary greatly in style and give conflicting evidence as to how their fifth studio album, Trench, will sound. The album is slated for release on October 5th of this year.The duo began to create a story around the upcoming album by creating a cryptic website in the months leading up this release, giving contextual basis for the world in which their new album will live. The site looked like this:Screen Shot 2018-07-11 at 1.08.23 PM.pngThe picture is that of a Tower of Silence, or “Dema”, a tower grave (gross), but that doesn’t tell you anything unless you look closer. In the middle of the tower’s blueprint appear to be nine circles, all named graves. Upon closer examination, the circles appear to be effecticely identical to the Blurryface album cover:Fans started to connect the dots and realized an album, or at least new music, was on the way. Yet, the exact subject of the album or significance as to the Tower’s significance itself was yet unknown. Within the same initial page was also link to a separate site: http://dmaorg.info/, which reads:

404 ER_ROR
you are in violation. thEy mustn’t know you were here. no one should ever find out About this. you can never tell anyone about thiS — for The sake of the others’ survIval, you muSt keep this silent. we mUst keeP silent. no one can know. no one can know. no o ne c an kn ow_
(Violation Code. 15398642_14)

It’s clear now that this cryptic symbolism within the landing pages were collectively hinting at their new album Trench, given the announcement today in conjunction with the releases and context from the new “Jumpsuit” video. Hopefully the duo continue to drop easter eggs in the lead up to the album, giving fans more context into the dystopian world that they’ve teased thusfar.”Jumpsuit”, the first of the pair of Trench singles released Wednesday, is a much heavier track than what fans have come to expect from the duo in recent years. The single tightropes between slow verses with abstract lyrics and a much more intense chorus, which may be finally giving fans a first glance into the subject matter and style of the upcoming album. The lyrics and visuals seemingly point to the inherent fears associated with breaking free from the norm, and subsequently the native, effortless appeal of returning to what’s familiar despite a desire to be rid of it.The chorus is backed by heavy-metal riffs and a screaming Joseph, which are new looks for the duo as well. The chorus exclaims:

“I Can’t Believe How Much I Hate
Pressures of a new place roll my way
Jumpsuit, jumpsuit cover me”

Jumpsuit’s music video, more than the song itself, does the best job of providing context as to where TØP has been and what’s to come next. It directly picks up where the plotline of the Heavydirtysoul music video left off, showing Joseph emerging from the remains of the car in which he’s riding throughout the HDS video:

Perhaps “Jumpsuit” is an internal commentary of Twenty One Pilots’ struggle to break free of their expected (not to mention award-winning) alternative/reggae sound, and the fear that came with displaying a new sound that’s more metal heavy than alternative pop. That could be the reason that they led off the two-song release with “Jumpsuit”, rather than the more accustomed sound of “Nico And The Niners”. If they had led off the release with “Nico And The Niners”, it would be much easier to write off “Jumpsuit” as an experimental B-Side, rather than something transformative for Twenty One Pilots sonic identity. With Jumpsuit first and foremost in the release, combined with the eery and dramatic music video, it’s much more difficult to believe that this shift was haphazard or only a test. Not to mention, the video ads for the Bandito Tour use “Jumpsuit’s” metal-heavy chorus as the backtrack. This is not a drill, people.

The song “Nico And The Niners” expands upon the cryptic lyricism of “Jumpsuit” and digs into their fictional world aptly named Dema, telling a tale of a defiant group of rebels in opposition to the powers that be in the fictitious city. Within Dema, per the online teasers provided over the first half of the year, the leadership attempt to force their civilization to forget about the outside world by creating an entirely walled-in city, oblivious and unable to imagine anything outside of its isolated walls.

Lyrics within the song snoeem to corroborate theories spawned from their teaser sites, echoing the idea that civilians are kept completely oblivious to their world within Dema, including the absence of cardinal directions:

East is up, I’m fearless when I hear this on the low
East is up, I’m careless when I wear my rebel clothes
East is up, when Bishops come together they will know that
 “

Musically, the single is much more in line with their signature “Blurryface” vibe. Knowledgeable listeners will catch the familiar tune that’s somewhat of a hybrid between “Lane Boy” and “Doubt”. The most intriguing aspect of the song, though, is not its familiar sound, but in its cryptic nature and the easter egg hunt they’ve given fans leading up to the release. In the intro, it sounds like an unknown voice has been reversed and the pitch dropped in order to mask a hidden message. Played backwards and brought up in pitch, you’ll be able to make out the following lyrics:

“We are banditos. You will leave Dema and head true east.
He knows Vialism.”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SPxpidCM2q0
Perhaps a music video or short is on the way. Perhaps there are more breadcrumbs about the world and story of Dema and “vialism” to be uncovered in the months leading up to their album release on October 5th. In the meantime, fans can get excited about Twenty One Pilots’ newly announced 60+ city “Bandito Tour”, which begins on October 16 in Nashville and extends across the globe. You can find dates and locations, and sign up for early access, at www.twentyonepilots.com and below:Screen Shot 2018-07-11 at 1.13.13 PM.pngTwenty One Pilots tour dates:Oct. 16 — Nashville, TN @ Bridgestone Arena
Oct. 17 — Chicago, IL @ United Center
Oct. 19 — St Louis, MO @ Enterprise Center
Oct. 20 — Milwaukee, WI @ Wisconsin Entertainment and Sports Center
Oct. 21 — St Paul, MN @ Xcel Energy Center
Oct. 23 — Cleveland, OH @ Quicken Loans Arena
Oct. 24 — Detroit, MI @ Little Caesars Arena
Oct. 26 — Boston, MA @ TD Garden
Oct. 27 — Uniondale, NY @ NYCB Live
Oct. 28 — Philadelphia, PA @ Wells Fargo Center
Oct. 30 — New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden
Oct. 31 — Washington, DC @ Capital One Arena
Nov 2 — Atlanta, GA @ Philips Arena
Nov. 3 — Tampa, FL @ Amalie Arena
Nov. 4 — Sunrise, FL @ BB&T Center
Nov. 6 — Houston, TX @ Toyota Center
Nov. 7 — Dallas, TX @ American Airlines Center
Nov. 9 — Phoenix, AZ @ Talking Stick Resort Arena
Nov. 10 — Inglewood, CA @ The Forum
Nov. 11 — Oakland, CA @ Oracle Arena
Nov. 13 — Salt Lake City, UT @ Vivint Smart Home Arena
Nov. 15 — Portland, OR @ Moda Center
Nov. 16 — Tacoma, WA @ Tacoma Dome
Nov. 17 — Boise, ID @ Taco Bell Arena
Nov. 19 — Denver, CO @ Pepsi Center
Nov. 20 — Lincoln, NE @ Pinnacle Bank Arena
Nov. 21 — Kansas City, MO @ Sprint Center
Dec. 7 — Perth, AU @ Perth Arena
Dec. 10 — Adelaide, AU @ Adelaide Entertainment Centre
Dec. 13 — Melbourne, AU @ Rod Laver Arena
Dec. 16 — Sydney, AU @ Qudos Bank Arena
Dec. 18 — Brisbane, AU @ Brisbane Entertainment Centre
Dec. 21 — Auckland, NZ @ Spark Arena
Jan. 30 — Kiev, UA @ Palace of Sports
Feb. 2 — Moscow, RU @ VTB Arena
Feb. 4 — St Petersburg, RU @ Ice Palace
Feb. 6 — Helsinki, FI @ Ice Hall
Feb. 8 — Stockholm, SE @ Ericsson Globe Arena
Feb. 9 — Oslo, NO @ Telenor Arena
Feb. 11 — Copenhagen, DK @ Royal Arena
Feb. 12 — Hamburg, DE @ Barclaycard Arena
Feb. 14 — Berlin, DE @ Mercedes-Benz Arena
Feb. 15 — Lodz, PL @ Atlas Arena
Feb. 16 — Prague, CZ @ The O2 Arena
Feb. 17 — Vienna, AT @ Wiener Stadthalle
Feb. 21 — Bologna, IT @ Unipol Arena
Feb. 23 — Zurich, CH @ Hallenstadion Zurich
Feb. 24 — Stuttgart, DE @ Hanns-Martin-Schleyerhalle
Feb. 25 — Cologne, DE @ Lanxess Arena
Feb. 27 — Birmingham, UK @ Genting Arena
March 1 — Dublin, UK @ 3Arena
March 2 — Belfast, UK @ SSE Arena Belfast
March 4 — Glasgow, UK @ The SSE Hydro Arena
March 5 — Manchester, UK @ Manchester Arena
March 7 — London, UK @ The SSE Arena Wembley
March 11 — Paris, FR @ Accorhotels Arena
March 12 — Amsterdam, NL @ Ziggo Dome
March 13 — Brussels, BE @ Palais 12
March 15 — Bilbao, ES@ Bizkaia Arena (BEC!)
March 16 — Madrid, ES @ WiZink Center
March 17 — Lisbon, PT @ Altice Arena



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