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