March 3, 2014

hmv reviews: twenty one pilots @ London's Heaven
by Tom
by Tom hmv London, Bio Editor. Peanut butter, punk rock and pillows.

hmv reviews: twenty one pilots @ London's Heaven

One of music's quirkiest duos, twenty one pilots rolled into town last Thursday (February 27) to play their largest London show to date and we were there to take it all in…



twenty one pilots, Tyler Joseph and Joshua Dun, a truly unique musical duo from Ohio.



Heaven. Under The Arches, right in the heart of central London.


Was it full? And how were the crowd?

Absolutely rammed, rammed with a crowd who went completely crazy as soon as the first bass loops rocketed out of the speakers and didn't stop moving until the last chords rang out.


So what was the set like? What did they play?

It was completely captivating and utterly bonkers. It began with the pair clad in balaclavas, with Dun powering a heavy backbeat for Joseph's Eminem-esque raps on 'Fake You Out and 'Migraine', they followed this by changing into skeleton outfits and launching into some vaudeville inspired piano numbers.

Then, the pair whipped off their masks, with Joseph donning a dressing gown, picking up a ukulele and busting out the likes of 'House Of Gold' and 'Addict With A Pen'.

They ended the set with a weird drum duel before returning to the stage with stretchers, jumping in the crowd via the stretchers and playing drums on top of the crowd. Given they only played for just over an hour that's quite a lot isn't it?


Any covers?

They dropped in a sneaky, sneered-up version of Van Morrison's 'Brown Eyed Girl', only the fifth most played track of all time…


Any good between song banter?

For a band who seem to take no notice of musical trends, boundaries or general protocol, the chat between songs was surprisingly earnest, lots of "We'd be nothing without you" type speeches, it does probably explain why they've got such a devoted fanbase though…


Did they much on much of a show?

An incredible light show, full of blinding lasers and strobes as well as spectacular colour changes.


What was the highlight of the set?

'Screen', the place went completely loopy from the second it kicked in.


Where can I catch them next?

They're about to head off for a big US tour, but they'll be back in the UK in June for Download Festival.


twenty one pilots' new album Vessel is out now.

Vessel twenty one pilots
twenty one pilots: Guns For Hands [OFFICIAL VIDEO]

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