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Monday, May 30, 2016

Seriously good

I don't mind being older and out of it musically. Every now and then the itch to write and record strikes me, but I haven't paid any attention to new releases for over a decade, and what I hear at the gym and on the radio seldom gives me any cause to regret that. I liked rap back in the Public Enemy and NWA days, but it really has turned out to be the musical dead end some said it was always bound to be.

Now, I did like "Stressed Out" a lot, but for all its potential to serve as the Millennial anthem, it sounded like just another good one-hit wonder band to me. I mean, "Cake by the Ocean" is even catchier. But then I heard this, which has me going through their entire catalog now, which is surprisingly interesting. "Semiautomatic" and "Lane Boy" are nearly as good, and "House of Gold" is nearly as pretty, but this is just a very, very good song... just be sure to stick with it until the third minute.

I promise you, it doesn't go where one naturally assumes it will; it's more than white Millennial emo-rap. And, of course, I can't help but notice that techno is one of their musical influences or that there are Christian themes woven into their lyrics.

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Anonymous A Visitor May 30, 2016 9:30 PM  

That was great, Vox! Thanks!

It definitely did not go the route I thought it was going. 2:45-3:40 reminded me of some of the solid beats (you had asked on another post what today's equivalent of techno would be, my 2¢) from Armin and Above and Beyond when they both were serious about trance (before becoming overly concerned with $$$$).

Blogger Nate May 30, 2016 9:44 PM  

Five Finger Death Punch would like a word with you.

Blogger Snidely Whiplash May 30, 2016 9:49 PM  

Seriously awful.
Sorry, Vox, you have no musical taste whatsoever.

Blogger D. G. D. Davidson May 30, 2016 9:53 PM  

Not sure if troll.

Anonymous VFM#1819 May 30, 2016 10:10 PM  

I'm probably the youngest long time reader you have, and as such I would like to commend you on not allowing your musical taste to age as you do. Too many continue to listen to what was popular when they were teenagers and it is embarrassing when these people attempt to foist their taste on next generation.

Music from the 60's is all but forgotten, the 70's are the newest oldies (haha), the 80's were ahead of their time and inspire many today, 90's gave us alternative which had some gems, metal came back(thankfully) in the 2000's and was reborn in post-hardcore and now there seems to be an explosion of awesome artists to enjoy from metal to indie to electronica.

All the old folks who will inevitably bitch about new music should instead STFU and listen to some new (non-pop) artists.

Anonymous A Visitor May 30, 2016 10:16 PM  

@5 how old?

I'll be 30 in December, been reading steadily for roughly 4 years.

Anonymous VFM#1819 May 30, 2016 10:21 PM  

@A Visitor

I'm 32 and I've read every post everyday for around 10 years.

Blogger Ceasar May 30, 2016 10:25 PM  

Wtf? I find myself wanting to slap the singer and have him go wash my car...and mow my lawn...then go try and 'sit in silence'. Music was ok though, like from a 2000 rave.

OpenID paworldandtimes May 30, 2016 10:26 PM  

All the old folks who will inevitably bitch about new music should instead STFU and listen to some new (non-pop) artists.

Meh. All I hear at the gym is half-ass studio engineered dance songs with flat negro vocals. No pathos, no guitar, no Vedder howls.

I was at a DJ'ed night at a sports bar the other day, the mostly under-30 crowd tolerated the hip-hoppy shit that almost made me leave, and then they all visibly lit up to the opening bars of Journey's "Faithfully."

PA

Blogger Ceasar May 30, 2016 10:26 PM  

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Blogger Rambam May 30, 2016 10:28 PM  

Silence truly is golden.

Anonymous Marty May 30, 2016 10:29 PM  

Now you know why blacks have no respect for whites. Jeez.

Anonymous VFMUltra May 30, 2016 10:32 PM  

Old geezers are like, "the soul train is fine."

Blogger Speaker to Heaving Bosoms May 30, 2016 10:33 PM  

Well if we're listening to questionable music now, here's the latest Die Antwoord (NSFW, duh).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PgUrySvZM58


Blogger Rambam May 30, 2016 10:37 PM  

Silence truly is golden.

Anonymous Keener May 30, 2016 10:41 PM  

Agree with Snidely, Vox. You have no musical taste. The whiner is a far cry from John Beale who died at Valley Forge. Maybe John Beale sat around his collapsing hut with a sock over his head whining 'I lost my metal bowl and now I just sit in silence' until his starving hutmates whacked him. And ate him.

Anonymous The OASF May 30, 2016 10:41 PM  

This is a joke right? I mean there is nothing funnier in the world then seeing the millennials victimized by their own sick twisted thinking and philosophy. The first thing I thought of when I heard the lyrics was that a Section 8 negro or illegal immigrants stole his car stereo haha...

Blogger TontoBubbaGoldstein May 30, 2016 10:44 PM  

Play some Skynyrd!

*Holds up lighter*

Anonymous The OASF May 30, 2016 10:45 PM  

I mean the only thing funnier would be a follow-up song on how the cop arrested the car stereo theft Victim Because he found some ganja under the passenger seat while investigating the crime scene.

I mean do you know one single Millennial who isn't a druggie, seriously?

Blogger Ceasar May 30, 2016 10:46 PM  

Hot Damn! I'm an Old Geezer! Not too much longer and I can move up to Dirty Old Man.

Anonymous VFM#1819 May 30, 2016 10:49 PM  

I was at a DJ'ed night at a sports bar the other day, the mostly under-30 crowd tolerated the hip-hoppy shit that almost made me leave, and then they all visibly lit up to the opening bars of Journey's "Faithfully."

I can only speak to the taste of straight guys.

Anonymous The OASF May 30, 2016 10:52 PM  

Lit up huh? Ha...

Blogger David-093 May 30, 2016 10:56 PM  

@2

Becoming the Archetype

@5

27, been reading since I was sixteen.

Blogger Lazarus May 30, 2016 10:57 PM  

I guess a lot of you did not pick up on the triumph of nationalism themes.

Blogger Pseudotsuga May 30, 2016 11:01 PM  

Hmm...I'm definitely at the wrong concert. Let me get out of here before my head asplode.
I like REALLY OLD music, like that played by the British duo Spiers and Boden...

Blogger Snidely Whiplash May 30, 2016 11:05 PM  

I qualify as a codger, and I'll soon make curmudgeon.

Anonymous VFM#1819 May 30, 2016 11:05 PM  

@David-093

Damn dude, that's young. Curious, how did you happen upon this blog? Myself, I followed a link someone posted on lewrockwell.com

Blogger Phillip George May 30, 2016 11:06 PM  

No I don't get it. He put maybe 50,000 dollars into that song video clip;
I could have and maybe still will buy him a radio on ebay and getting him singing about his missus instead.

I must admit when he puts the balaclava on I thought he was going to go out and steal himself a new radio. A full hijab would have been a better disguise.

It's not exactly DannyBoy on bagpipes, hey, "its a living"

Blogger Snidely Whiplash May 30, 2016 11:07 PM  

I literally couldn't be added to listen to his whiny self indulgence. Faggot needs a thorough beat down.

Blogger Snidely Whiplash May 30, 2016 11:07 PM  

GD phone changed arsed to added

Anonymous Eduardo the Magnificent May 30, 2016 11:15 PM  

This kid's whining is insufferable. He's really that depressed because his stereo got stolen? He should be pissed off instead. Kid needs to let Nate Dogg and Warren G show him how it's done. And don't get me started on that Peter Pan song "Stressed Out." What self-respecting man longs for his mother to tuck him into bed? Apparently millennials do. What a waste of water and food these kids are. Whaa, I have to get a job and listen to my own thoughts. Fuck you, kid.

Anonymous Credo in Unum Deum May 30, 2016 11:22 PM  

That singer is a whiny little bitch.

I prefer Sabaton when I'm lifting weights in the gym.

Anonymous Boogeyman May 30, 2016 11:28 PM  

I hated techno when I was younger, at 46 I like this about as much.

But hell, to each his own. Not going to knock another man for his passion. You like soccer, he likes football, I like baseball. Doesn't mean any of us are right about which one is better. And while this makes me roll my eyes and want to slap him (and this coming from someone who struggled with depression for decades) if you're right that this signals some sort of revival of nationalism among the young, the boy gets my thumbs up.

Anonymous LastRedoubt May 30, 2016 11:29 PM  

@32

Good workout music.

Sabaton, five finger death punch, nightwish, power wolf, etc.

Blogger Feather Blade May 30, 2016 11:31 PM  

@31 No, he's depressed because he has to listen to himself think.

You'd be depressed by that too, if all of your thoughts were classed as badthink and the only way to avoid them was to have constant radio noise around.

Also note the helplessness of the millennial to solve the problem either by buying a new radio - says he really ought to, but takes no action - or by figuring out how to a) make his thoughts less objectionable or b) make peace with his objectionable thoughts.

That said, the kid has a really obnoxious voice.

Blogger Snidely Whiplash May 30, 2016 11:40 PM  

Feather Blade wrote:That said, the kid has a really obnoxious voice.
They all have bad voices. Rather they all sing badly. I think it's the style these days. And don't get me started on that auto-tuned shit. It's pathetic that some days I play some Rick Astley just to hear some good singing. Who's had a really good voice since then?

Blogger Austin Ballast May 30, 2016 11:41 PM  

I guess I am an old fogey now. I do prefer the 60s-70s to this stuff significantly. The beat is OK, but the words were not at all compelling.

Quit whining and do something about it!

Blogger Crusader Corim May 30, 2016 11:44 PM  

@32 Good selection. I also add DragonForce, Blind Guardian and Iced Earth. Especially The Glorious Burden today.

Blogger samir May 30, 2016 11:50 PM  

Great song, it sounds like they couldn't make up their mind what genre they want to be in, so they went with all of them (emo, rock anthem, trance)

Anonymous Ulmer Miller May 30, 2016 11:53 PM  

It's better than expected but not sure I'll seek it out further. Anyone heard of Gunship? Worth checking out... TECH NOIR

Blogger 1337kestrel May 31, 2016 12:14 AM  

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Blogger 1337kestrel May 31, 2016 12:15 AM  

He needs to do some cardio and listen to the Slim Shady LP to improve his delivery.

Agree on Vox having questionable musical taste, but it's not bad... Just tainted by techno.

Anonymous Laz May 31, 2016 12:29 AM  

I have to agree to that VD's musical taste is suspect if he puts this over "Lane Boy" or "Stressed Out". And truth be told, the only part of this song I found enjoyable was the third minute. They have several decent, catchy songs but nothing to write home about.

And his tats in the other vids. WTF? Just gross.

Anonymous Rolf May 31, 2016 12:30 AM  

Good... for some sufficiently vague definition of "good."
Very not my cup of tea.

Anonymous Brett May 31, 2016 12:42 AM  

"Ride" was played so constantly on the radio, that I developed a dislike for Twenty One Pilots. I think it's the vocals...it sounds catchy at first, then wears on you.

For music to listen to while lifting at the gym, I'll recommend two bands that don't get a lot of recognition or radio play here in the US:

Kamelot - "March of Mephisto" & "Insomnia".

Within Temptation - "Faster" & "Stairway to the Skies".

Blogger Stephen Davenport May 31, 2016 12:49 AM  

I am an old dude too (47) and I like this group, Stressed Out is my favorite. The two band members are Christians which is nice to see these days.

Blogger Mr. Naron May 31, 2016 12:56 AM  

My 16 year old daughter is obsessed with this band.

Blogger Edward Isaacs May 31, 2016 12:57 AM  

Pretty sure 30 isn't that young, guys.

I enjoyed listening to the song and will probably listen to it again and others by the same band, but I have horrible taste. The vocalist kind of reminds me of Levi the Poet, and he's the best part of the song. The music is literally dime a dozen, made me think of that song "Radioactive" which is just generic brand Muse (which is just generic brand Radiohead, but that's another matter).

Anonymous Ain May 31, 2016 1:02 AM  

It's like eminem, but with more tears and less swearing.

Blogger Mr. Naron May 31, 2016 1:05 AM  

I just listened to it. I've heard my daughter play it. Very similar to one of my son's favorites, La Dispute. Not terrible.

But the next song to come on once I switched to my own playlist was Yngwie Malmsteen's I'll see the Light Tonight. So...I'll stay old.

Anonymous Desiderius May 31, 2016 1:13 AM  

"I liked rap back in the Public Enemy and NWA days, but it really has turned out to be the musical dead end some said it was always bound to be."

Check this:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hRVOOwFNp5U

Anonymous Mr. Rational May 31, 2016 1:18 AM  

I want that 4 minutes of my life back.

Here are some of the most unique and unforgettable riffs in rock music:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mREi_Bb85Sk

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Tdu4uKSZ3M

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lhof8n5pF_w (live version 1996, not album)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=33SRbmdGbBg

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xdImDqbgc2g

Once you have heard any of these you should know what it is within the first 2 bars.  There is literally nothing else like any of them ever written.

I don't even go back to "Take 5", let alone "Rhapsody in Blue" (which is similarly unique), but Jason Aldean is as up to date as anything.  BTW, having lived through the artistic desert that was disco, I can only see anyone who actually likes anything related to rap or hip-hop as a tasteless idiot.

Anonymous Eduardo May 31, 2016 1:19 AM  

Military songs U____U are the only workout song there is!!!

Okay I admit I dance to 80's songs... I mean I work out!!! I work out with 80's songs. Some rough heavy metal from the 80's like...

Barbie Girl...

No wait, I mean Hall & Oates! NO!!! I got confused! It is the bloody timezone, I meant really Haddaway! (Sings what is LOVE)

O_____O

Does Michael Jackson counts?

Anonymous JRL May 31, 2016 1:43 AM  

I like it.

Blogger AdognamedOp May 31, 2016 1:49 AM  

I like 'Guns for Hands' by the pilots. Would be interesting to see what sort of music an all Ilk band would produce.

Blogger Snidely Whiplash May 31, 2016 2:02 AM  

AdognamedOp wrote:Would be interesting to see what sort of music an all Ilk band would produce.
It would be totally awesome and never exist because we'd all be squabbling over each and every detail and calling each other fags.

Anonymous JRL May 31, 2016 2:10 AM  

Here's one of my favorites. Ah the classic road trip song. My family loves it. When it's all peace and quiet and I crank it to 11 my kids cheer me on DAD! DAD!! DAD!!!!

Yeah! Brings a smile to my face every time.



https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=qDk0QAiCQTc


Blogger Patrikbc May 31, 2016 2:11 AM  

It's like Tom Green screwed Zack De La Rocha

Anonymous A.B. Prosper May 31, 2016 2:15 AM  

That was really good. Thanks.

Blogger IreneAthena May 31, 2016 2:27 AM  

What I could understand was good. Could you point to places where the Christian themes show up?

Blogger Tupla-J May 31, 2016 2:49 AM  

Speaker to Heaving Bosoms wrote:Well if we're listening to questionable music now, here's the latest Die Antwoord (NSFW, duh).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PgUrySvZM58



I don't understand Die Antwoord's appeal. Their music sounds too much like kids sound when they want to annoy the shit out of each other.

Vox's video was surprisingly good, the short metal part was quite unexpected.

Anonymous Sensei May 31, 2016 3:25 AM  

I had thought I had the most eclectic music tastes of anyone I knew, but the past few music posts on here have shattered that notion...

Given the young and impressionable age at which some of us stumbled over here from WND and were simultaneously fascinated and horrified at all the badthink, I'm guessing the youngest readers here are much much younger than those who've declared themselves thus far.

On the other hand the "started on a smartphone" generation finding and reading this kind of webpage seems fairly unlikely, though the blogspot stats could easily prove me wrong.

Blogger SirHamster May 31, 2016 4:28 AM  

IreneAthena wrote:What I could understand was good. Could you point to places where the Christian themes show up?

The terrifying thoughts of what human existence is, when we turn off/lose the sounds that distract us from thinking.

Two choices in light of this reality: Peace vs. Fear

Faith thinks and is awake and is alive. Implied contrast to dead and asleep and unthinking ...

Anonymous SK May 31, 2016 4:45 AM  

The sound is great, lyrics I can't stand. His voice is off-putting too.

Anonymous Opus May 31, 2016 4:45 AM  

I am far too old, I am sure, to relate in any way to this, but I listened from beginning to the end: it starts as if it might have been The Pet Shop Boys; thereafter it is both musically banal and repetitive. The lyrics may perhaps be described as poor-little-white-boy. What is wrong with our race if this is the best we can now do!

Anonymous Mike Mike May 31, 2016 4:54 AM  

Great band. I like their song Ride also... it gets pretty heavy play on the Alt stations nowadays.

Blogger Jamie-R May 31, 2016 5:03 AM  

Oh we back to posting music here again are we? ALLOW ME TO STEP BACK IN THE RING AND MAKE AMERICA DANCE AGAIN.

If the 1980s taught us anything, music should be silly and stupid yet infectious. This is where negroes step into the picture! Sometimes unwittingly. There may be 3 baby seats in my car these days, but that doesn't mean someone trying to interpret the West Coast vibes from the old days hasn't got a presence in 2016 for me.

Sure, pretty much all the 90s niggas are dead now, but there's lots of idiots ready to splice beautiful instrumentals over the top of all those bodies with disposable raps. The art here has wisdom where sadness lurks, and that's why 1:37 is poignant in this pop-cultural montage of black Los Angeles in 2016 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ANr0FrA1cC8

Blogger Snidely Whiplash May 31, 2016 5:18 AM  

SirHamster wrote:The terrifying thoughts of what human existence is, when we turn off/lose the sounds that distract us from thinking.

I guess... I'd rather think than drown out the thought. Thinking allows one to arrive at some state of mind, rather than the state of unmind he seems to prefer.
I still say he needs a beatdown. It would straighten out his thinking a lot.

Blogger weka May 31, 2016 5:56 AM  

@20. You have a decade to go before you are seasoned enough to be a dirty old geezer, grasshopper.

@52. Nah. Rammstein for heavy squats. https://youtu.be/EOnSh3QlpbQ

@64. Please. Not the Pet shop Boys. Head hurting thinking about that. Lived through it the first time. Down there with Slade (from a decade earlier) as bands I don't want to remember.

@66. If you want to dance... look at the playlist of any local covers band. Basically four on the floor, medium beat, and bouncy. Last weekend went to a geezer's ball for an animal shelter. The band went from "Johnny B Goode" to "Happy". Directly.

Blogger freddy May 31, 2016 6:22 AM  

The best explaination. Mid-life crises.

Blogger Mark Butterworth May 31, 2016 6:31 AM  

There's a lot of good contemporary music, but I can't really listen to it repeatedly because the lyrics don't mean much to me in the way they're meant to.

But that would apply to the Great American Songbook for the most part and all the stuff I liked in my youth. Lots of great tunes, riffs, and melodies, but thoughts or expression of feelings that I don't find especially meaningful anymore.

My musical tastes haven't changed so much, but my response to the matter in most lyrics has.

Blogger The King's Man May 31, 2016 7:47 AM  

Reminded me of this one from the Life is Strange soundtrack: https://youtu.be/ReCdPcaDn4M

I'm quite partial to it.

Blogger Galahad78 May 31, 2016 7:56 AM  

Thanks for the tip, loved the song. I'll check on them on Youtube.

Blogger Tim May 31, 2016 8:46 AM  

Left me cold. But to each his own I guess. But I do think the creativity was less than that shown during the years of the evolution of rock from the '50s to the '80s. I like most music from classical to jazz to blues to C&W to rock to metal to pop. But rap and new age have always left me cold.

Blogger TheDanielsaur May 31, 2016 8:49 AM  

So glad to see you post about this band. On the surface they look very much like the average emo band, but there's a lot of substance in the lyrics of every song. Double and triple entendres. Good stuff.

Anonymous Tlotsi May 31, 2016 9:07 AM  

Brett wrote:For music to listen to while lifting at the gym, I'll recommend two bands that don't get a lot of recognition or radio play here in the US:

Kamelot - "March of Mephisto" & "Insomnia".

Within Temptation - "Faster" & "Stairway to the Skies".


If you like Kamelot, try Serenity.

Blogger The Kurgan May 31, 2016 9:29 AM  

You are damnable heathen post-modernists and will burn in Hell for your sins.

Architecturally humanity really stopped at the classic period. You know, the Romans and Greeks, with some salvageable stuff in the badly named dark ages. All beyond about 1600 is of course modern trash.

Musically there is classical music, then a vortex of diarrehaeing that lasted roughly from 1965 to 1979 or so. Some decent things in the 80s, less so in the 90s and of course all of it marred by the presence on earth of black trash noise (rap) and white trash noise (metal)

Basically we can keep Johnny Cash, Bruce Springsteen, Gianna Nannini, Andrea Boccelli, a few Madonna songs, some Eurythmics stuff, a couple Shania Twain and of course Jerry Lee Lewis. The Beatles, naturally, should all be burned in an eternal flame of damnation.

Anonymous worldskipper May 31, 2016 10:54 AM  

Thanks Vox for sharing the find. It's always pleasant to discover something new and enjoyable in the music world.

Anonymous Pax_Romana May 31, 2016 10:59 AM  

Thanks, Vox. My best friend is a huge fan, but this is the first time I've listed to 21 Pilots. I imagine I owe my friend an apology, because I quite liked that. (and yes, he and I were both born at the beginning of the Millennial generation/end of Gen X, depending on how you number the years for these things)

Blogger Feather Blade May 31, 2016 11:09 AM  

@76 - on the contrary, Kurgan, the Gothic architecture was more technologically and structurally advanced than Roman architecture.

The leading lights of the Renaissance deliberately abandoned the technological advancement of the Middle Ages in favor of more primitive classical structures like the round arch.

The Victorian era had a brief revival of Gothic structure using iron and steel, but we've again abandoned the more advanced structures in favor of the really primitive post-and-beam.

Blogger RobertT May 31, 2016 11:24 AM  

Interesting. Could turn out to be a classic like American Pie. But, like A/P it lacks the emotional tug of Led Zeppelin or Rolling Stone to propel the band to glory.

Blogger RobertT May 31, 2016 11:26 AM  

Interesting. Could turn out to be a classic like American Pie. But, like A/P it lacks the emotional tug of Led Zeppelin or Rolling Stone to propel the band to glory.

Blogger DBSFF May 31, 2016 12:38 PM  

I love every Twenty One Pilots song--except Car Radio. Can't stand it. Check out Migraine, Ride, and Run and Go.

Blogger DBSFF May 31, 2016 12:46 PM  

Also Guns for Hands and Holding On To You. And their cover of Can't Help Falling in Love is amazing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ThQkrXHdh4

Anonymous Desiderius May 31, 2016 2:24 PM  

Red-pill rap:

"Girls, stop acting like you want a guy with traits like Romeo.
Bitch! That’s a fucking lie.
You always talk about how every man’s fake and you can’t take it, and you want something real, shut up tramp, save it.
Twice a week you put on your make-up and damn bracelets and head to the club, half naked with your ass shaking.
Pulling a low-life nigga who claim he cash making.
Till you let him hit and find out he works at a gas station.
One of them niggas got you pregnant, and you can’t raise it.
But you caused it, your actions made a fat statement.
You want Romeo? Then act patient.
And stop fronting, like he in the club, posting in the back waiting.
It’s the club, where guys put on a new persona.
After they get loaded with a few Coronas.
They always shouting and wile out with habits that very few condone of.
Then they look for beautiful, brainless bitches like you to bone ‘em.
Then when they leave you, you cry and cry.
Talking ‘bout, "Oh my god I can’t find a guy, I’ve spent so many years and I’ve tried and tried, why am I even on Earth? I should die.
You want Romeo, you’re not worthy, you’re cock thirsty.
You’re nasty and probably got Herpes.
Sometimes the secret to find, is to stop searching.
Try a new formula, cause your last one’s not working."

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hRVOOwFNp5U

Blogger Doktor Jeep May 31, 2016 2:40 PM  

I must be failing at old fart, because that video and song was powerful.

IMO the millenials have every last right (and rite) to take everything in the system that the boomers hold dear (and every aspect of it that the outnumbered GenX sold out or cowered to) and burn it down to the ground.

Blogger SirHamster May 31, 2016 2:49 PM  

Snidely Whiplash wrote:Thinking allows one to arrive at some state of mind, rather than the state of unmind he seems to prefer.

"seems"

Another Christian theme in the lyrics is that he's trying to drown out reality ... and he can't because his chosen distraction is removed.

Which of us sought God because we had an innate desire for holiness? While we were still sinners ...

Anonymous A.B. Prosper May 31, 2016 3:18 PM  

SirHamster wrote:IreneAthena wrote:What I could understand was good. Could you point to places where the Christian themes show up?

The terrifying thoughts of what human existence is, when we turn off/lose the sounds that distract us from thinking.

Two choices in light of this reality: Peace vs. Fear

Faith thinks and is awake and is alive. Implied contrast to dead and asleep and unthinking ...


It almost sounded Buddhist to me, learning to handle silence is part of mediation, Christian or Buddhist alike.

Anonymous LastRedoubt May 31, 2016 4:40 PM  

OK. Finally had a chance to listen to the videos you mentioned, and - damn.

OK, not much into rap, but this is closer to spoken poetry set to music. The music sharp - sophisticated but not "in your face" about being complex, etc. , you can clearly hear the vocals - not drowned out by the music.

I also like the slow restrained buildup, and the anthemic turn at the end.

Anonymous Mark in OC May 31, 2016 5:39 PM  

Last year I got to work both Bonnaroo and Lalapalooza. Aside from enjoying the old time headliners: Robert Plant, Paul McCarthy, Billy Joel and Earth, Wind & Fire, the two musical standouts were Alabama Shakes and these guys, twenty one pilots. They put on a very entertaining show that got the biggest interaction from the crowd. It was only the lead singer on piano/mixer board and his drummer. They put on a great live performance.

Anonymous Farnswords May 31, 2016 6:06 PM  

Very moving. I loved how the synthetic melody changed tone with the energy at 3:45, and I think art in general can be at its most powerful when addressing the dark questions that tend to eke out of the silence.

Anonymous Case May 31, 2016 7:19 PM  

Different animals, these millennials. I wish I could live long enough to see what they do. They possess a state of mind that I've never seen.

Maybe I can watch from somewhere else.

Blogger Jones May 31, 2016 7:25 PM  

I agree, a very talented duo. Heavydirtysoul is also incredibly catchy.

Blogger Remo - Vile Faceless Minion #99 June 01, 2016 12:06 AM  

What a thoroughly sad song. Helplessness, depression, hopelessness, and no way out - just waiting for the end. His one life distraction that allows him to escape from thinking about his problems - gone - and the problems are still there and he can't and won't do anything about them and they consume him. America anyone?

Blogger Noah B June 01, 2016 12:12 AM  

Amen Remo. There may be some great musical talent there, but it's depressing as hell. An entire generation sitting on the floor in a corner, quietly sperging.

Anonymous Miso Hawny June 01, 2016 8:59 AM  

As a 42 year old whose musical taste still lies heavily in 70's rock, 70's/80's R&B, 80's pop, and early rap -- I think this is excellent.

Anonymous indyjones June 01, 2016 11:55 PM  

Rap is just disco with crappy lyrics.

Anonymous JN June 10, 2016 5:24 PM  

I think I found Waldo in that video

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