Decoding the messages and characters on new Twenty One Pilots album: There’s a lot to unpack here

The Skeleton Clique–the name of the hardcore followers of Twenty One Pilots–loves the band’s habit of embedding cryptic messages and stories in their albums and lyrics. With the appearance of their fifth record, Trench, on Friday, they’ve found a lot to decode.

From Billboard.

The latest era of Twenty One Pilots started with a trilogy of videos letting us into their interior world, laying out what it’s like to live in the minds of Tyler Joseph and Josh Dun. With the arrival of their fifth album Trench, much of their fervent fan base — aka, the Skelton Clique —  expected the story to continue unfolding with the introduction of more characters and events. However, the album isn’t as straightforward as this. The narrative has unraveled somewhat; it’s more like a series of fables explaining what life is like inside the band’s alternate universe.

Strewn throughout the album are clues for those who care to dedicate far too much time to picking everything apart. So after already deconstructing “Jumpsuit,” “Nico and The Niners” and “Levitate,” let’s jump into Trench.

Keep reading.

Meanwhile, the group did a Reddit AMA and revealed some interesting information.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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