Twenty One Pilots band members Tyler Joseph and Josh Dun released their first self-released album Twenty One Pilots in 2009, followed by Regional at Best before they were signed by Fueled by Ramen in 2012.
Although the band has three albums released, many people didn’t hear of them until their Blurryface album was released in 2015 as songs, such as “Stressed Out,” began to be played on popular radio stations.
For hardcore fans like junior Delaney Hakman, who has been following the band’s progress and going to their concerts for four years, discovered Twenty One Pilots long before their fame.
“I was drawn to Twenty One Pilots in eighth grade when I went to a Karmen and Neon Trees concert. They opened for them and were honestly better than both of them,” Hakman said.
Twenty One Pilots is really an acquired taste; they are not for everyone. Hakman said that the lyrics are strange but that they mean so much.
For her, the messages offer a way to release and connect with Dun and Joseph.
“They are very relatable between all the relation to stress, anxiety, religion, love and so much more. Their music keeps me sane,” Hakman said.
Hakman has already bought tickets for a concert in June with some friends.
“I’m going all out, I’m going to temporarily dye my hair red. It’ll be great,” Hakman said.
Some of Hakman’s favorite songs are “Holding On To You” from Vessel, “Doubt,” “The Judge,” and “Message Man” all from the album, Blurryface.
“I listen to all the lyrics, message and the sick beats,” Hakman said.