Twenty One Pilots is a band that was signed last year to the label, Fueled By Ramen. If I was in a young band getting signed to Fueled By Ramen it would be a feeling of great opportunity and great pressure. Fueled by Ramen, which is a subdivision of Atlantic records, has a history of choosing bands that transition alternative music into new directions. They did it with Fall Out Boy, they did it with Panic! at the Disco, and more recently they did it with Grammy winner for Best New Artist, Fun. I can’t talk about Fueled By Ramen without also mentioning Paramore, Cobra Starship, Gym Class Heroes, and the under-rated group The Cab.
The band is made up of 2 young guys out of Columbus, Ohio. The inspiration for the name of the band is pretty interesting. The idea for the name came after one of the band members read the play, All My Sons by Henry Miller. The play is about a man who commits suicide after his business knowingly sends faulty parts that get used to build airplanes during WWII and the faulty parts end up killing twenty one pilots. The impact of the story’s moral dilemma led to naming the band after the twenty one pilots from the story. With a big trend in naming bands with words and numbers, Blink 182, Sum 41, Maroon 5 etc. I originally thought the band was named to keep up with that trend, but the fact that the name of the band has meaning and is a reference to classic literature makes it pretty cool.
So, the question is, does Twenty One Pilots have the sound to make an impact like some of their label mates. My opinion after hearing a couple songs is that they are a good band, but will not be 2013’s big breakout artist like Fun was in 2012. I’ve noticed a backlash against Fun in the last couple months, which I don’t understand. I’m not sure if it was one of those things where a band starts to get really popular and people who consider themselves music lovers don’t want to be associated with pop music enjoyed by the masses. For me, Fun is my favorite band of the last year and after hearing Twenty One Pilots I can say that unfortunately they probably won’t create the same impact for me and other listeners. That’s not to count them out completely. A new song could pop for them or their sound could develop into the right music at the right time.
Check out their track if you haven’t already heard them and let me know your thoughts about Twenty One Pilots in the comments section. Also, if you are a Fun hater or lover let me know if you have seen or experienced any backlash towards the recent Grammy winners and what you think the cause of the backlash might be.