Twenty One Pilots are undeniably one of the most creative bands of the modern era. Each aspect of their artistry oozes with enthusiasm, mystery and an ethereal imagination that has the ability to sweep fans and mere onlookers into a world of dizzying, dark imagery and community.
On Sunday evening, the duo touched down in Sydney to showcase to fans the utmost display of their universe. We were taken on a spectacular journey to the underworld of Trench – a world of conflicting emotions, heartache, growth and most of all, pure unadulterated fun.
As a long time gig goer (at my ripe old age of 21), I’ve been lucky enough to experience shows of all kinds – stadium monoliths, sweaty club moshers and sing-a-long packed theatres. Twenty One Pilots managed to capture the intimacy of a club gig, the monstrous ego of a stadium and the hair-raising, goose-bump inducing antics of a theatre production in the one night.
Amidst showing off their incredible musicianship, stage presence, and intricate production stylings, Twenty One Pilots’ Bandito tour did what they do best – ensuring fans know they are loved, accepted and most of all, understood.
Kicking things off with one of Trench’s most energetic chops, the epic ‘Jumpsuit’, fans were sent into hysterics as Tyler Joseph conquered the stage with defying confidence and quirk, whilst Josh dove straight into his military-precision like drumming. Pyro was immediately boasted, illuminating the stage’s industrial set up – it was the perfect introduction to a night of sensory overload.
It wouldn’t be a Twenty One Pilots show without a hint of magic – the stunt pulled off during Fairly Local seriously puts Harry Houdini to shame. Disappearing under a black sheet onstage, Tyler re-appeared upon a riser within the third tear to finish the track, leaving fans surrounding totally awestruck.
Storming through mega-hits ‘Stressed Out’ and ‘Heathens’, the energy in the arena was blistering with excitement. Donning his signature white glasses and a ukelele, Tyler appeared again to tear through one of the nights biggest sing-a-longs, ‘We Don’t Believe What’s On TV’, subsequently sending everyone into an emotional breakdown.
A slew of skits followed – including a very tantalising jingle that described Josh Dunn as everybody’s “daddy” (something tells me they do spend quite some time on Twitter), to introduce his monstrous drum solo.
‘Nico And The Niners’ and ‘Taxi Cab’ were met with rapturous applause, just before Josh entered the crowd for his signature crowd-surf solo.
‘Car Radio’ undeniably elicited the largest chant-along of the night. As one of the band’s defining tracks, it’s response was indicative of Twenty One Pilot’s enduring legacy amongst their fanbase as leaders of a movement founded on love and creativity.
Closing out the show with their usual, ‘Trees’ – a totally all-encompassing reminder that we are all Twenty One Pilots.
It was a hard slog during the hiatus, but the weaving theme that pulled us through was hope. Hope is at the centre of Twenty One Pilots message – hope that the world will be a little brighter tomorrow, that our friends will never give up and that ultimately, things will be better.
Their show, through every intricacy, every plume of fire, every instrumental break and yelled chorus is a reminder of just how special the band are, and the connection they’ve fostered with their fans is truly like no other.