Hours before Twenty One Pilots hit the stage in Sydney, fans piled into the arena with a magnetic effervescence. “The Skeleton Clique” are undeniably one of the world’s most dedicated fan bases.

Braving the sticky summer heat, those who worship at the throne of Tyler and Josh donned heavy camo gear, bright yellow jumpsuits and costuming that signified iconic moments from the band’s career. It’s hard not to feel excitement reverberate off the walls when witnessing that level of enthusiasm.

2018 was a massive year for Twenty One Pilots. Returning to the scene after a hiatus, fans were sent into hysterics as they were introduced to a new era. Trench is a body of work founded upon the concept of a journey.

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As fans have been on a journey with the band, Twenty One Pilots have evolved and continued to foster a community of belonging, understanding and love – something that bleeds through in every aspect of their work.

Just hours before they hit the stage, we had the pleasure of sitting down with Josh and Tyler to reflect on their incredible year.

“I knew that going into this next record I wanted to have a manual to play by, in terms of what the content lyrically was going to be about,” said Tyler, reflecting on the process behind the immaculate roll out in the lead up to Trench’s announcement.

“In order to that, you have to put in a lot of work, not just in recording songs but you have to make sure that songs are supposed to be next to each other. To do that we had to write a story.”

“Before I diving into the music, I wanted to focus on the narrative of the record. The narrative of the record is the “point” of the record. In a day and age where albums don’t really matter that much anymore, we wanted to do our best to justify the importance of an album today.”

Since the release of Trench, Twenty One Pilots have commenced their Bandito world tour, received yet another Grammy nomination and have sold thousands of units. None of this has come easy – the defining factor that weaves all of Twenty One Pilots’ career is an extreme care, work ethic and enthusiasm behind everything.

“In order to that, you have to put in a lot of work, not just in recording songs but you have to make sure that songs are supposed to be next to each other. To do that we had to write a story.”

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Trench as a whole deals with the themes of loss, grief, and a lack of control – it’s heavy album to unpack, but ultimately, Tyler Joseph wishes that fans embrace its undercurrent of hope.

“The surface level message it that we’re all moving from point A to point B. The goal in that movement is to collectively understand that point A is worse than point B. We’re moving to something better.

But you don’t have to leave point A, knowing where point B is. Sometimes you can just know “I just need to leave here”, and Trench was really talking about that feeling of in-between two places, where you’re not quite sure where that ending is.”

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Although it feels like we, as fans take in the wisdom Twenty One Pilots impart – but after speaking with Tyler and Josh, it’s quite clear they’re learning and growing as much as we are.

“A lot of people like to be planned out and regimented. I kind of struggle in proactive in making a decision when I’m not sure where the end goal is and that can hinder a lot of decision making.

“It does feel like a journey, so we always try to remind ourselves that what we’re doing right now is very important and exciting.”

Bettering yourself and your mental health, knowing where you’re going at the end – not everyone knows that answer. Still doesn’t mean you can’t be working towards getting better.”

“It’s about appreciating the journey. We get to travel the world touring if we just went around the world longing for home, we’d never appreciate where we’re at right now. It does feel like a journey, so we always try to remind ourselves that what we’re doing right now is very important and exciting.”

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When their return was announced, it was as though balance was restored in the world. Fans counted down the days and were gifted with a new world – Josh Dun reflected on the power of fans in the process.

“When we decided to take a little break, it was an experiment to see what that would look like. We wanted to look at the correlation between the physical presence and online presence, and whether people were still involved.

“Returning was a really fun thing for both of us, being able to come back and celebrate this band with everybody.”

What was really cool, was that so many people really made all this their own, to the point where they sustained it. It was cool to watch from afar, there was also the feeling that we may wake up one morning and it’d kind of just be done.”

“Returning was a really fun thing for both of us, being able to come back and celebrate this band with everybody.”

The world is Twenty One Pilots’ oyster right now. With a legion of supporters at the helm, the arguably strongest vision in music and a never-ending passion to create, nothing is impossible.

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