Vessel is the latest album by Twenty One Pilots. The album features a great mix of songs that showcase a variety of musical influences. Check out this exclusive discussion with frontman Tyler Joseph about the songs on the album. Read some of the highlights from the interview below and visit Spotify to listen to the full commentary.
"Ode to Sleep"
I remember back when I [Tyler] was trying to name the song. We actually played it live first before it was named. This was back when we kind of had a small following in our hometown. It was small enough that everyone got to write on a piece of paper and put into a bucket which name they wanted the song to be named...
"Holding On To You"
I always get this weird like 80s rock vibe from the title of this song, which has always bothered me.
Everything kind of came together…I actually did have a headache the day I was writing it for sure, but that wasn't really the point. I was trying to make that a metaphoric thing…As a songwriter, I like to kind of emit some sort of message...
"House of Gold"
I walked into this used music store place, and I saw a ukulele. And I bought it just kind of spur-of-the-moment. I wasn't really thinking; I had no idea how to play it.
It was one of those songs that just kind of happened for me. When I was demoing it out, the structure just seemed so natural to me. When I was done with it and I was showing other people, that's when I realized that it's a very unnatural song. But it worked for me...
It's very introspective. I know I talk about the night time a lot. I feel like I listen to a lot of pop music today, and it talks about the night in a completely different way than I talk about the night...
I never wanted to be the ukulele guy. I didn't want one song to be defining my career as a songwriter...
"The Run And Go"
I always put myself somewhere mentally when I'm writing a song [by considering] where do I want to play this song…This is one of those songs where I pictured myself playing in the middle of the day… "The Run And Go" is one of those songs I hope to play in the middle of the day at a festival.
"Fake You Out"
I think that the melody inside of the verses is one of my favorite verses where it goes to falsetto. A lot of times… I feel like writers slack on verses when it comes to melody…I've always felt like why not have the…melody of the verses just as infectious as the chorus. So, I'm proud of this song in that way.
It's one of those songs we play towards the end of our set. Josh and I are usually pretty wiped towards the end of our set because we try to put everything into it. "Trees"…almost gives us this second wind. We don't know where that energy comes from...