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my 11 year old son and my wife love this group. so i hear them a lot. sometimes from the other room i will think hey this is like a super-catchy and poppy eminem song. why didn't eminem think of that? if you watch live footage you will notice that everyone in the crowd knows every word to every song. a recipe for success. biggest thing from ohio since.........?

scott seward, Friday, 23 September 2016 17:53 (four years ago) link

Drew Carey?

MarkoP, Friday, 23 September 2016 17:55 (four years ago) link

I still have a subscription to Alternative Press even though I haven't written for them for a couple of years now. AP has been on these guys since the beginning, unsurprisingly.

Don Van Gorp, midwest regional VP, marketing (誤訳侮辱), Friday, 23 September 2016 17:56 (four years ago) link

the band themselves seem like real dickheads

illegal economic migration (Tracer Hand), Friday, 23 September 2016 17:58 (four years ago) link

-started seeing this name a lot on twitter, saw that they were headlining the local arena
-looked up videos, ok so they're like two white dudes with neck tattoos who rap and do pop edm, and also kinda sing like Sting? and the Youtube comments are weirdly uniformly rapturous?
-bring out a second drumset on a platform to be held up by the audience = gross
-um yeah ok
-searched ilx this morning to see if anyone had mentioned them, nothing.
-saw this thread

sam jax sax jam (Jordan), Friday, 23 September 2016 18:11 (four years ago) link

they're good + they remind me of the cool 90's 'alternative' radio i used to listen to without really sounding quite like it

yolo mostly (sleepingbag), Friday, 23 September 2016 18:12 (four years ago) link

they won a Kerrang! award AND a Teen Choice award this year...

scott seward, Friday, 23 September 2016 18:17 (four years ago) link

building...

"By November 2015, the album sold 500,000 copies worldwide.[40] The following month, it was announced the album's US sales was over 505,000 copies.[41] By January 2016, the album had sold 592,000 copies in the US.[42] Two months later, the album's US sales had risen to 753,000 copies.[43] By the end of March, the album's US sales stood at 792,000.[44] By mid-June, the album had sold 924,000 copies,[45] and over 1 million by late July.[46] The album has since been certified gold in Canada[47] and platinum in the US."

scott seward, Friday, 23 September 2016 18:24 (four years ago) link

they suck but the basic materials they work with could be good.

i like this fake dresden dolls song ok:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nky4me4NP70

who is extremely unqualified to review this pop album (BradNelson), Friday, 23 September 2016 18:26 (four years ago) link

i think literally the only band shirts i've seen on tweens/teens in the past year have been for these guys.

call all destroyer, Friday, 23 September 2016 18:27 (four years ago) link

yeah, huge with tween/teen crowd. makes sense. dude raps but they are xian and their raps are vaguely inspirational/anthemic/not scary + cute + pop. and "now" enough for 2016.

scott seward, Friday, 23 September 2016 18:34 (four years ago) link

plus radio loves pop rap that they can play. they are on the crappy radio around here a lot.

scott seward, Friday, 23 September 2016 18:36 (four years ago) link

this is the sort of band that have angles from which i could get into them, particularly the parts that are v indebted to early-'00s mall emo and/or fun. unfortunately: the rapping is terrrrrrible

who is extremely unqualified to review this pop album (BradNelson), Friday, 23 September 2016 18:37 (four years ago) link

but they are xian

ohhhh this all makes so much more sense now

sam jax sax jam (Jordan), Friday, 23 September 2016 18:39 (four years ago) link

the rapping is good enough for kids though. it's fun for kids. like eminem without being all sour and bitter and mean. kinda like sublime was good enough reggae or whatever for kids.

i like when people build something for mass appeal. it's not easy! i have no idea what their earlier stuff sounds like.

scott seward, Friday, 23 September 2016 18:39 (four years ago) link

This is one super-huge rock phenomenon that, so far, I just do not get at all. Maybe I need to stop thinking of them as rock or something?

Hi! I'm twice-coloured! (Sund4r), Friday, 23 September 2016 18:40 (four years ago) link

i mean i get it being good enough for the kids and that's awesome! but i'd also would rather like this music than hate it lol

the really big one "stressed out" is as dour and unmoving as a late period chili peppers song

who is extremely unqualified to review this pop album (BradNelson), Friday, 23 September 2016 18:41 (four years ago) link

um, not that my wife is a kid. i do like that her and cyrus dig the same group.

scott seward, Friday, 23 September 2016 18:42 (four years ago) link

yeah, i think of them more as pop than rock.

scott seward, Friday, 23 September 2016 18:42 (four years ago) link

artists like twenty one pilots:

http://www.mtv.com/artists/twenty-one-pilots/related-artists/?filter=similar

(most of whom i have never heard.)

scott seward, Friday, 23 September 2016 18:43 (four years ago) link

this was the first song i heard by them

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ktBMxkLUIwY

ugh so much of this is upsetting. also can't stand "left side brain" lyrics, thanks train!!!!!!!!

who is extremely unqualified to review this pop album (BradNelson), Friday, 23 September 2016 18:44 (four years ago) link

xpost

wow what a spectrum

who is extremely unqualified to review this pop album (BradNelson), Friday, 23 September 2016 18:45 (four years ago) link

Jason Cohen1 month ago
These guys remind me of a rap version of ColdPlay! Awesome :-D

who is extremely unqualified to review this pop album (BradNelson), Friday, 23 September 2016 18:46 (four years ago) link

Heathens is fun enough my kids love it to death, stressed out is bad, ride is worse millennial whooooooop

Spottie, Friday, 23 September 2016 18:46 (four years ago) link

they sound like something that would have been welcome on alternative radio in '98 or '99 to me

call all destroyer, Friday, 23 September 2016 18:47 (four years ago) link

yeah theres some modern 311 vibes there for sure

Spottie, Friday, 23 September 2016 18:48 (four years ago) link

I mostly remember 98-99 as a nadir for alternative radio?

Hi! I'm twice-coloured! (Sund4r), Friday, 23 September 2016 18:48 (four years ago) link

exactly

call all destroyer, Friday, 23 September 2016 18:50 (four years ago) link

oh yeah god "ride" is so fuckin hateful

who is extremely unqualified to review this pop album (BradNelson), Friday, 23 September 2016 18:52 (four years ago) link

this is the one that reminded me of sublime. but 311 works too!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pw-0pbY9JeU

scott seward, Friday, 23 September 2016 18:52 (four years ago) link

ride x-post

scott seward, Friday, 23 September 2016 18:53 (four years ago) link

200 million views. stressed out is almost up to 700 million views.

scott seward, Friday, 23 September 2016 18:53 (four years ago) link

it's v sublime

who is extremely unqualified to review this pop album (BradNelson), Friday, 23 September 2016 18:54 (four years ago) link

oh but i've never heard "heathens" before. this is fine! maybe they just need to calm down and do moody shit?

who is extremely unqualified to review this pop album (BradNelson), Friday, 23 September 2016 18:55 (four years ago) link

sublime is a good comp. i was thinking they could have been like an early opener on family values. crazy town without the nu metal or something.

call all destroyer, Friday, 23 September 2016 18:56 (four years ago) link

the nu-metal was just replaced with edm.

scott seward, Friday, 23 September 2016 18:56 (four years ago) link

this song is still like...compellingly awful

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=92XVwY54h5k

who is extremely unqualified to review this pop album (BradNelson), Friday, 23 September 2016 18:57 (four years ago) link

Me and my 11-year-old son both like these dudes

Guayaquil (eephus!), Friday, 23 September 2016 18:57 (four years ago) link

lol i think i earnestly like "tear in my heart" now which is my own fault. catch me in this thread in september 2017 screaming "twenty one pilots are the truth"

who is extremely unqualified to review this pop album (BradNelson), Friday, 23 September 2016 19:00 (four years ago) link

post-crabcore

bitcoin bajas (diamonddave85), Friday, 23 September 2016 19:02 (four years ago) link

lmao i would expect nothing less xp

Spottie, Friday, 23 September 2016 19:02 (four years ago) link

SERIOUS earworms that's all i know. cuz i get the pleasure of hearing them so much. their hooks in my head for days.

scott seward, Friday, 23 September 2016 19:05 (four years ago) link

that resigned "yeh" after "wake up you need to make money" kinda gets me

seafaring funnyman Jacques Custos (rip van wanko), Friday, 23 September 2016 19:06 (four years ago) link

searched ilx this morning to see if anyone had mentioned them, nothing.

You must have not been looking in the old "WORST SONGS" threads from like 2013 onwards.

MarkoP, Friday, 23 September 2016 19:15 (four years ago) link

We should all be glad that at least Fake Shark Real Zombie never really became a huge sensation.

MarkoP, Friday, 23 September 2016 19:18 (four years ago) link

feels inevitable in hindsight that a band that's the mid point of 00s mall emo and youtube eminem ukulele covers would make it this big

ufo, Saturday, 24 September 2016 00:47 (four years ago) link

Turns out I accidentally saw these guys live at a festival two years ago because I confused the stage where the artist I actually wanted to be was. I don't find them awful but they make me feel old... I honestly don't understand how these guys became the 'rock' band of 2015/2016, the songs are catchy and all but is that all there is?

✖✖✖ (Moka), Saturday, 24 September 2016 00:54 (four years ago) link

I actually wanted to *see

✖✖✖ (Moka), Saturday, 24 September 2016 00:55 (four years ago) link

i think i have heard "Ride" 1,000 times already. didn't know rock was this big in 2016. KIIS FM plays it like every hour.

"I've been thinking too much"

Bee OK, Saturday, 24 September 2016 02:03 (four years ago) link

this isn't rock tho

billstevejim, Saturday, 24 September 2016 07:01 (four years ago) link

"let me list a bunch of recent rock bands because i don't know how to describe sound but i want to place myself above this"

maura, Saturday, 24 September 2016 18:38 (four years ago) link

i liked that new yorker thing. i thought it did a good job at explaining their appeal/what they are.

scott seward, Saturday, 24 September 2016 18:41 (four years ago) link

lol i thought it was p good snark, it's the nyer's stock in trade. maybe if i liked the band more i'd be more critical of the piece.

illegal economic migration (Tracer Hand), Saturday, 24 September 2016 18:44 (four years ago) link

i didn't even think it was that snarky.

scott seward, Saturday, 24 September 2016 18:46 (four years ago) link

i just feel like music writing of that sort is useless if you want to know what the act sounds like and not what their fans purportedly think. bad writing. but the new yorker's music writing has been at sea lately so.

maura, Saturday, 24 September 2016 19:46 (four years ago) link

it was trying to explain their popularity though. not review the album. and i thought it succeeded in describing why teens like them. i thought it was written well. and i hate everything.

scott seward, Saturday, 24 September 2016 19:52 (four years ago) link

like, if someone said: what's up with those guys? i would have them read that.

scott seward, Saturday, 24 September 2016 19:52 (four years ago) link

i just dislike that kind of bemusedly removed pop sociology but i guess we can agree to disagree

maura, Saturday, 24 September 2016 19:55 (four years ago) link

It's not just teens though, my 30-something friends who stopped caring about new music like a decade ago all have 'stressed out' or 'ride' in their ipods/spotify/iphones.

✖✖✖ (Moka), Saturday, 24 September 2016 20:04 (four years ago) link

it's not just bemusement though.

I felt like I was listening to the soundtrack for a horror movie sponsored by Hot Topic, in which the great and terrible horror was just learning to be you.

sure it's snark but it also feels really perceptive to me, it cuts through to something important about the how the band project their identity onstage and how that connects with people

illegal economic migration (Tracer Hand), Saturday, 24 September 2016 20:38 (four years ago) link

most people writing removed pop sociology wouldn't have bothered going to a concert. a field report! i dig that. i was just re-reading greg tate's review of a bruce springsteen show in new jersey and i could read that kinda stuff all day long.

scott seward, Saturday, 24 September 2016 21:24 (four years ago) link

sfj spent most of his last few years at the new yorker explaining what songs sounded like and it was super boring imo

just sayin, Saturday, 24 September 2016 21:35 (four years ago) link

but i also don't need to read a 20,000 word nu-journalism account of a twenty one pilots show. not that anyone is really doing that. maybe john jeremiah sullivan could do it.

i was trying to read that grover lewis anthology recently and my eyes started glazing over. zzzzzzz......soooooo long. and so dated too in a way. the attitude. the allman brothers should have kicked his butt.

scott seward, Saturday, 24 September 2016 21:52 (four years ago) link

(same thing happened when i tried to read that old nik cohn rock book recently. ugh, get me out of here...)

scott seward, Saturday, 24 September 2016 21:53 (four years ago) link

that graf is boring! also i go to shows all the time :p

maura, Saturday, 24 September 2016 23:05 (four years ago) link

aw c'mon

illegal economic migration (Tracer Hand), Saturday, 24 September 2016 23:07 (four years ago) link

sorry but yeah i'm not! it's a totally facile observation

maura, Saturday, 24 September 2016 23:10 (four years ago) link

well maybe but imo it's deliciously put.

there are other things to be said that could be more about the music, or just about any music - like there are actually tons of "remember when you were a kid, and having a parent, when you were a kid???" songs in the charts. there have been for years now. which you wouldn't know from that article. "don't you worry child" by swedish house mafia. lukas graham. there are so many more than i can't think of right now because i've spent time actively trying to block them out. (lukas graham slipped through the net)

illegal economic migration (Tracer Hand), Saturday, 24 September 2016 23:19 (four years ago) link

i just googled "pop songs about being a kid" and this article was on the first page of results. i think we can all agree this is a valuable resource.

http://www.chilldad.com/10-dirty-pop-songs/

illegal economic migration (Tracer Hand), Saturday, 24 September 2016 23:22 (four years ago) link

yeah and the "'member that" positioning is especially strange given how aggressively pop has skewed younger over the last two decades

maura, Saturday, 24 September 2016 23:36 (four years ago) link

one year passes...

i like this!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UOUBW8bkjQ4

princess of hell (BradNelson), Wednesday, 11 July 2018 16:29 (two years ago) link

the other new song is way more "someone's lazy idea of a twenty one pilots song"

princess of hell (BradNelson), Wednesday, 11 July 2018 16:31 (two years ago) link

three months pass...

this song is cool and good

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OmL9TqTFIAc

princess of hell (BradNelson), Tuesday, 23 October 2018 16:06 (two years ago) link

and the album itself is surprisingly good and engaging throughout. their rapping will always be kinda repellant to me but it's well-balanced with the mutant rock/pop/r&b/trip-hop record that the rest of this is

princess of hell (BradNelson), Tuesday, 23 October 2018 16:10 (two years ago) link

big Sunday NY Times profile last weekend, tldnr

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 23 October 2018 16:11 (two years ago) link

new album blasting downstairs at student pit

You like queer? I like queer. Still like queer. (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 23 October 2018 16:12 (two years ago) link

i find it encouraging that a band this huge made such a weird and collagistic record but i also think this album may be too arty to sustain what blurryface did

princess of hell (BradNelson), Tuesday, 23 October 2018 16:17 (two years ago) link

my bro convinced me to listen to this and i kinda liked it, wasnt expecting to liek any of it. some parts kind of sounded like manchester orchestra to me. wish they would drop the rapping obv.

Machine Gunk Jelly (Spottie), Tuesday, 23 October 2018 16:26 (two years ago) link

Jumpsuit is carrying the linkin park torch nicely. prob my favorite song on here

Machine Gunk Jelly (Spottie), Tuesday, 23 October 2018 16:27 (two years ago) link

"bandito" is mine, it absolutely rules

princess of hell (BradNelson), Tuesday, 23 October 2018 17:37 (two years ago) link

Bandito and Morph are great.

Machine Gunk Jelly (Spottie), Tuesday, 23 October 2018 20:29 (two years ago) link

"they suck but the basic materials they work with could be good." from brad about their earlier material was completely otm, but i didn't expect them to ever actually deliver on that potential, this album is pretty good!

kinda surprised that this album has been pretty ignored critically, like this band is massively popular and clearly has enough going on that surely critics would have something interesting to say about them.

ufo, Tuesday, 23 October 2018 21:52 (two years ago) link

"Nico and the Niners" is still pretty dreadful though and I don't think "Pet Cheetah" really works for me either

ufo, Tuesday, 23 October 2018 22:21 (two years ago) link

two years pass...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3sO-Y1Zbft4

they're good now

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Saturday, 10 April 2021 13:45 (one month ago) link

Solid mainstream band I think

i was too much listening to your accent (Spottie), Saturday, 10 April 2021 23:37 (one month ago) link

relistening to trench today, even better than i remembered, probably better than i characterized it upthread

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Thursday, 15 April 2021 15:04 (three weeks ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r_9Kf0D5BTs

aiight maybe i've done the full heel turn, i love this song

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Thursday, 15 April 2021 16:47 (three weeks ago) link

"bandito" is so good, i nearly forgot

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Thursday, 15 April 2021 21:33 (three weeks ago) link

also i will halfheartedly defend most of blurryface at this point. i... like "ride" now?

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Thursday, 15 April 2021 21:33 (three weeks ago) link

here let me ruin vampire weekend for you *slowly turns up volume dial on twenty one pilots "ride"*

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Thursday, 15 April 2021 21:33 (three weeks ago) link

most 21 pilots superfans would tell you that blurryface is a mainstream concession and vessel is the real shit but i find vessel real juvenile still. some of the hooks are wonderful ("ode to sleep") but many of the almost-good songs are still like rube goldberg machines of bad decisions. what's worse than the rapping? nearly every time this band breaks out the ukulele

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Thursday, 15 April 2021 21:40 (three weeks ago) link

of course, trench is >>>>>>>>>>

even the uke tracks work

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Thursday, 15 April 2021 21:44 (three weeks ago) link

"shy away" is underwhelming, just feels like part of that small wave of major label pop rock bands who tried to sound like the strokes (neon trees etc.)

it's not bad but kinda forgettable and uninteresting which is the last thing this band should be. even when they've been horrible they were at least interestingly horrible making the worst musical decisions possible etc.

ufo, Saturday, 17 April 2021 06:20 (three weeks ago) link

on the plus side: no rapping!

ufo, Saturday, 17 April 2021 06:20 (three weeks ago) link

idk it’s a really well-written song imo. everything a hook

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Saturday, 17 April 2021 13:57 (three weeks ago) link

been stuck in my head for a week

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Saturday, 17 April 2021 13:57 (three weeks ago) link

I will rep for blurryface. Great songs, great visual aesthetic too. Saw them twice live in this time (w/ my teen kids) and the energy start to finish was impressive (band and crowd). Surging quasi pit filled most of the room. Many backflips were flipped. Show climaxes with Tyler on a 30 foot steel pillar above the crowd singing Car Radio.

Psychocandy Apple Grey (Pyschocandles), Saturday, 17 April 2021 16:32 (three weeks ago) link

i really like blurryface at this point. even lowlight “lane boy” has a sick dnb freak out

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Saturday, 17 April 2021 17:12 (three weeks ago) link

it's good until the second half where it goes into half-time and then the outro rap is dreadful

ufo, Friday, 30 April 2021 16:14 (one week ago) link


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