I’m not one to have favorites. I don’t have a favorite color, book, author, movie, place. I just can’t seem to pick one and stick with it. I do, however, have a favorite band.That band is called Twenty One Pilots. You guys, this is a really big deal for me. I love music and the fact that I’m calling one particular band my favorite is HUGE. And in saying this I want to clarify what I mean by favorite. I don’t necessarily mean that like, if I could only listen to one band of the rest of my life it would be them. I’m not saying that Twenty One Pilots is all I listen to. What I mean by favorite is that they mean more to me than other bands do.
Twenty One Plots is comprised of two amazing guys, Tyler Joseph and Josh Dun. I’m a bit of a noob to the skeleton clique, i’ll admit. I heard them for the first time when they played at the MTV Music Awards this past spring. My best friend quickly became a die-hard fan. I, however, didn’t begin to feel how I feel about them now until this past summer. They were unlike anything I’ve ever heard before. They seemed to encompass the best parts of every musical genre. Moreover, the lyrics are something to be in absolute awe of. I love words so I’m a lyric person. Tyler Joseph writes amazing lyrics.
After listening to Vessel a few times I began to realize that there were some biblical allusions in the songs. Then I listened to their self titled album and the Biblical undertones that were whispering in Vessel were now screaming. But maybe that’s because I was looking for it. Anyway, I did what anyone with a hunch would do. I checked Wikipedia and confirmed my suspicions that Tyler Joseph and Josh Dun are, in fact, Christians. So, of course, I tore trough the lyrics to every last song on the album. I love Twenty One Pilots because they make me think. It’s not just music you listen to. You get the pleasure of decoding it, getting to know the songs, and deciding what they mean to you. Tyler’s writing is thoughtful and inspiring. I could honestly spend a whole post on each song. And I actually plan to.
Another reason Twenty One Pilots is one of my few favorites is because of what they stand for. I mean, it’s refreshing to see a band that believes in anything other than making a profit. But, these guys are believers and it shows. Their lyrics are implicit yes, but they are unlike any other band out there and I can only credit that to God.
They aren’t openly praising God. But in a way, I think it’s exactly how it should be. Their moto is “stay alive” That’s what they’re “preaching” to their fans. And that’s really good. This music covers the sometimes taboo topics of depression and suicide.This music tells listeners that they are not alone. This music says that you have purpose and you should stay alive and figure out what it is.
Tyler Joseph and Josh Dun are Christians. But Twenty One Pilots is not signed to a Christian Label. And I thing that’s okay. Their lyrics ooze Christian values. I believe that they are reaching people in a way that they wouldn’t be able to if the band was signed to a Christian label. I for one, didn’t know of any Christian bands until I was a Christian. Sometimes I feel like Christian bands sit in a bubble like it’s weird for an non believers to listen to them. I think if Twenty One Pilots was a Christian band so many people wouldn’t know about them; their reach simply wouldn’t be as wide.
And that’s exactly what we’re called to do: reach people, tell them the good news.