After a yearlong musical hiatus, Twenty One Pilots have officially made their return.
The band has shared two new songs “Jumpsuit” and “Nico and the Niners” marking the first taste of new music fans have received since their 2016 single “Heathens,” which was included on the soundtrack for DC Comics’ Suicide Squad. The two new tracks are set to appear on the duo’s upcoming fifth LP TRENCH, out later this fall.
The first single, “Jumpsuit,” is a progressive alt-rock song with throbbing bass and crisp, delicate drums from Josh Dun that build frontman Tyler Joseph’s near-whisper vocals to a full-throated screaming falsetto. The slow-bouncing new track is paired with an eerie, post-apocalyptic music video directed by frequent collaborator Andrew Donoho. The video stars Joseph in the cinematic dark regions of his psyche, singing on the hood of a burning car and standing in a stream while staring down masked figures (most likely death) for a thundering end.
“Nico and the Niners” has a much more upbeat vibe to it, with a reggae style that sees Joseph alternate between singing and rapping. The track is a throbbing groove with light references of dubstep. Its rippling synths =make way for their regular kick drums and down-pitched vocals. The tune also gives the other new song a nod with the lyrics, “I’m heavy, my jumpsuit is on steady / I’m lighter when I’m lower, I’m higher when I’m heavy / I’m so high, my jumpsuit takes me so high / I’m flying from a fire, from Nico and the Niners”—seemingly establishing a theme for their new music.
TRENCH will follow 2015’s Grammy-winning BLURRYFACE, which included the hit tracks “Stressed Out,” “Ride,” and “Fairly Local” and saw the duo hone in on their patented mash-up of pop, hip hop, and rock. According to Billboard, the record was the first album ever to have every song go gold.
TRENCH drops October 5. The band also announced they will head out on their Bandito world tour in support of the forthcoming LP, kicking off October 16 in Nashville.