There is a band you should check out. Twenty Øne Piløts—all spelled out (and yes, they use the crossed out “ø”). I think I first heard their song “Tear in my Heart” on the radio and was ambivalent towards it.
Then “Stressed Out” received air time.
The video?! I want an adult sized trike. NOW.
So I did what every good mom does and looked up the lyrics to see the poisonous words seeping into my spawns’ ears. Lo and behold—song lyrics with meaning. *gasp* Slap me with a fish in the face! I continued down my whirlpool of TØP titles and subsequent lines and found depth, a rare quality in many musicians striving for fame and fortune.
I won’t reiterate Josh and Tyler’s story, other than they worked their way up from living in their family’s basements (true story) and that their interviews are a pleasure to listen to. Seriously. Try this interview or this one. Those mama’s boys make a habit of being well spoken and hilarious. Savvy businessmen, they are currently on a sold-out tour and announced another run next year. Some locations sold out within minutes of being available. Mind you, these aren’t tiny bars or venues: Madison Square Gardens in NYC and The Greek Ampitheatre in Berkeley, CA.
Back to their music; what impressed me the most (other than their sound) is the profound lyrics Tyler pens. He uses music as an outlet. His overt lyrical honesty is refreshing. (P.S. How rad is it that they put their grandpas on the cover of an album?!)
While not labeled as “Christian” music, their songs have zero swearing. Even their interviews are clean. Their song The Judge is in reference to Tyler’s faith (he’s a proclaimed Christian) and seems to be his interpretation about asking the Lord for help. Now I’m sure somewhere down the road, someone will find fault with my observations. Go for it. Not my song, not my band, but it is my blog and my opinion. Rawr. Note: just because they are cuss word free doesn’t mean their listeners are, so be forewarned of comments.
If you are an Enya fan (read: nothing wrong with her…I own three of her albums), then maybe this band isn’t for you. Want to give them a spin? Enjoy my favorite track, Fairly Local: