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Twenty One Pilots: Music Video History

Brii Jamieson
Brii Jamieson 2 October 2018 at 17.57

Before 'Trench' is released this Friday, we're bringing you up to speed.

The most anticipated album of 2018 is only days away. That's right, we're in the final countdown towards the release of 'Trench' this Friday, October 05. In celebration, we're catching up on the history of Twenty One Pilots to date, through their music videos.

If you want the full story of 'Trench' and a proper in-depth interview with Josh and Tyler, pick up the Twenty One Pilots issue of Rock Sound right now- it's available worldwide from SHOP.ROCKSOUND.TV.

2012 - 'GONER'

Tyler plans things very far in advance. This video of 'Goner' pre-dates their signing to Fueled By Ramen, and certainly pre-dates the official release of 'Goner' as a track on 'Blurryface'. 'Blurryface' didn't even exist yet. 'Vessel' didn't even exist yet. This was the first taste of Twenty One Pilots that the world had, in an official video format. 


'Holding On To You' was Twenty One Pilots' major label debut, and it's pretty damn beautiful. Black and white, skeleton ballerinas, choreography... It's everything you could want in a video.

2012 - 'HOUSE OF GOLD'

Take a sweet song about wanting to do right by your parents in their old age, and add a healthy dose of dismembered body parts and you've got yourself the 'House Of Gold' video. 


'Guns For Hands' introduced us all to the balaclavas that became such a huge part of the Twenty One Pilots branding during the 'Vessel' era. It seems hard to imagine a time when they weren't donning their balaclavas to open their sets, but in a time pre-'Guns For Hands' that was the case.

2013 - 'CAR RADIO'

An absolute staple of their live shows for five years now, 'Car Radio' is still a fan-favourite and a powerful video. Catch the cinematic parallels between 'Car Radio' and 'Levitate' with the head-shaving. 

2013 - 'LOVELY'

'Lovely' was a video that came with the Japanese release of 'Vessel', and while not officially released online, it gets a nod on this list.

2013 - 'MIGRAINE'

The video for 'Migraine' was released as a UK exclusive in 2013, and is sadly regionally blocked (sorry, rest of the world). For fun, catch Josh counting the beats during the lyric "depressssssssssssing thoughts" at 1:01.

2014 - 'ODE TO SLEEP'

And with 'Ode To Sleep' we farewelled the 'Vessel' era with a nostalgic montage of how far they'd come. 


It's probably not true love if your significant other can't make you feel the way you felt when you heard the opening bars of 'Fairy Local' for the first time. That's all we have to say on that.


Fun fact: you can visit the filmset for 'Tear In My Heart' in Los Angeles! It's literally China Town, and is open to the public. Live your best life.


1.4 billion views makes 'Stressed Out' the biggest video in Twenty One Pilots' discography. Also, our first introduction to their handshake- a handshake that we all went away and learned pretty much immediately, let's be honest.

2015 - 'LANE BOY'

The choreography in this is phenomenal, and made even better for the fact that Twenty One Pilots continue to include the gasmask-clad hazmat dancers in their live show.

2015 - 'RIDE'

Wait, is that the jacket from 'Jumpsuit'?

2016 - 'HEATHENS'

While a part of what is ostensibly one of the most okay-est movies of the 2000s, this video is a cinematic masterpiece. 


'heavydirtysoul' ended the 'Blurryface' era in a very dramatic way. But what we didn't know at the time that it wasn't an ending- it was just the beginning. The beginning of 'Trench'. A full 18 months before 'Trench' was even a whisper. Poetry.

2018 - 'JUMPSUIT'

And thus, 'Jumpsuit' picks up where 'heavydirtysoul' left off. Everyone remembers where they were when Twenty One Pilots announced their return by dropping the 'Jumpsuit' video after a year of radio silence. An absolute moment.


The second of a three-part story from 'Trench', 'Nico And The Niners' follows the narrative started in the 'Jumpsuit' video. Fun fact- it was filmed in Josh's high school in the Ukraine- go Dolphins!

2018 - 'LEVITATE'

And 'Levitate' makes three. Wrapping up the first story from 'Trench', 'Levitate' rounds out the Twenty One Pilots video discography. For now. 

Twenty One Pilots are on the cover of Rock Sound this month- get the first full, indepth interview about 'Trench' from both Josh and Tyler now, exclusively in Rock Sound from SHOP.ROCKSOUND.TV

Check out the full list of Bandito tour dates below:


16 - NASHVILLE Bridgestone Arena
17 -  CHICAGO United Center
19 - ST LOUIS Enterprise Center
20 - MILWAUKEE Wisconsin Entertainment and Sports Center
21 - ST PAUL Xcel Energy Center
23 - CLEVELAND Quicken Loans Arena
24 - DETROIT Little Caesars Arena
26 - BOSTON TD Garden
27 - UNIONDALE Home of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum
28 - PHILADELPHIA Wells Fargo Center
30 - NEW YORK Madison Square Garden
31 - WASHINGTON Capital One Arena


02 - ATLANTA Philips Arena
03 - TAMPA Amalie Arena
04 - SUNRISE BB&T Center
06 - HOUSTON Toyota Center
07 - DALLAS American Airlines Center
09  PHOENIX Talking Stick Resort Arena
10 - INGLEWOOD The Forum
11 - OAKLAND Oracle Arena
13 - SALT LAKE CITY Vivint Smart Home Arena
15 - PORTLAND Moda Center
16 - TACOMA Tacoma Dome
17 - BOISE Taco Bell Arena
18 - DENVER Pepsi Center
20 - LINCOLN Pinnacle Bank Arena
21 - KANSAS Sprint Center


07 - PERTH Perth Arena
10 - ADELAIDE Adelaide Entertainment Centre
13 - MELBOURNE Rod Laver Arena
16 - SYDNEY Qudos Bank Arena
18 - BRISBANE Brisbane Entertainment Centre
21 - AUCKLAND Spark Arena


30 - KIEV Palace of Sports


02 - MOSCOW VTB Arena
04 - ST PETERSBURG Ice Palace
06 - HELSINKI Ice Hall
08 - STOCKHOLM Ericsson Globe Arena
09 - OSLO Telenor Arena
11 - COPENHAGEN Royal Arena
12 - HAMBURG Barclaycard Arena
14 - BERLIN Mercedes-Benz Arena
15 - LODZ Atlas Arena
16 - PRAGUE The O2 Arena
17 - VIENNA Wiener Stadthalle
21 - BOLOGNA Unipol Arena
23 - ZURICH Hallenstadion Zurich
24 - STUTTGART Hanns-Martin-Schleyerhalle
25 - COLOGNE Lanxess Arena
27 - BIRMINGHAM Genting Arena


01 - DUBLIN 3Arena
02 - BELFAST Arena Belfast
04 - GLASGOW The SSE Hydro Arena
05 - MANCHESTER Manchester Arena
07 - LONDON The SSE Arena Wembley
08 - LONDON The SSE Arena Wembley
09 - LONDON The SSE Arena Wembley
11 - PARIS Accorhotels Arena
12 - AMSTERDAM Ziggo Dome
13 - BRUSSELS Palais 12
15 - BILBAO Bizkaia Arena (BEC!)
16 - MADRID WiZink Center
17 - LISBON Altice Arena


01 - MEXICO Arena Monterrey
03 - MEXICO Sports Palace
06 - MEXICO Guadalajara Arena VFG
12 - VANCOUVER Pepsi Live At Rogers Arena
14 - CALGARY Scotiabank Saddledome
15 - EDMONTON Rogers Place
17 - WINNIPEG Bell MTS Place
20 - LONDON Budweiser Gardens
21 - OTTAWA Richcraft Live At Canadian Tire Centre
22 - MONTREAL Bell Centre
28 - TORONTO Scotiabank Arena
31 - GRAND RAPIDS Van Andel Arena


01 - BUFFALO Keybank Center
04 - BROOKLYN Barclays Center
07 - PITTSBURGH PPG Paints Arena
08 - ATLANTIC CITY Boardwalk Hall
09 - CHARLOTTESVILLE John Paul Jones Arena
11 - RALEIGH PNC Arena
12 - CHARLOTTE Spectrum Center
14 - JACKSONVILLE Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena
15 - MIAMI American Airlines Arena
16 - ORLANDO Amway Center
18 - BIRMINGHAM Legacy Arena At The BJCC
19 - NEW ORLEANS Smoothie King Center
21 - HOUSTON Toyota Center
23 - AUSTIN Frank Erwin Center
25 - OKLAHOMA Chesapeake Energy Arena
26 - MEMPHIS FedEx Forum
28 - INDIANAPOLIS Bankers Life Fieldhouse
29 - COLUMBUS Nationwide Arena

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