Relentless touring and electric performances have developed a strong following for alt-rock duo Twenty One Pilots. They pulled into the Majestic Theater in Madison, Wis., on April 16 for a midweek love-fest with 600 of their biggest fans.
The masked pairing of vocalist Tyler Joseph and drummer Josh Dun erupted into "Guns for Hands" amid strobes for the shrieking capacity crowd. Joseph raced back and forth across the stage, taking on his characteristic frenetic persona, sometimes slowing it down as he got behind the keyboard.
Twenty One Pilots are presently touring on "Vessel," which recently spiked to the top of the Alternative chart on iTunes following their well-received performance of "Car Radio" at the MTV Movie Awards earlier this month. Though they're just beginning to break out on alternative radio with hits "Holding Onto You" and "House of Gold," most in attendance were deeply in tune with everything they performed.
Joseph's ability to seamlessly break from clean vocals to laser-sharp rap was accentuated by Dun's percussion. Whether he was in position behind his kit, tapping away on an electronic pad or perched upon another drum platform that was held aloft by the crowd, Dun drove the rhythm to perfection.
The majority of their set consisted of music from "Vessel," though they did reach back to their debut for "Isle of Flightless Birds." They also broke out a stunning, though abbreviated, take on Tears for Fears' "Mad World" at mid-set. Twenty One Pilots are going places, catch them on this club tour before the rest of the planet catches on.
Remaining Twenty One Pilots tour dates:
17-Apr-14 Skyway Theatre - Minneapolis, Minn.
18-Apr-14 Riviera Theatre - Chicago, Ill.
19-Apr-14 Egyptian Room at Old National Centre - Indianapolis, Ind.
21-Apr-14 The Opera House - Toronto, Ontario
22-Apr-14 The Town Ballroom - Buffalo, N.Y.
24-Apr-14 House Of Blues - Boston, Mass.
27-Apr-14 The Dome @ The Oakdale Theatre - Wallingford, Conn.
29-Apr-14 The Paramount - Huntington, N.Y.
30-Apr-14 - Starland Ballroom - Sayreville, N.J.
2-May-14 - Big Guava Music Festival - Tampa, Fla.
3-May-14 - Beale Street Music Festival - Memphis, Tenn.
4-May-14 - Suburbia Music Festival - Plano, Texas
6-May-14 - The Marquee - Tempe, Ariz.
7-May-14 - Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas, Nev.
9-May-14 - The Wiltern - Los Angeles, Calif.
10-May-14 - Fox Theater - Berkeley, Calif.
11-May-14 - Ace Of Spades - Sacramento, Calif.
13-May-14 - Knitting Factory Concert House - Reno, Nev.
15-May-14 - In The Venue - Salt Lake City, Utah
16-May-14 - Ogden Theatre - Denver, Colo.
17-May-14 - Buzz Under The Stars - Kansas City, Mo.
18-May-14 - Bourbon Theatre - Lincoln, Neb.
June 19-22 - Firefly Music Festival - Dover, Del.
19-July-14 - Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre/93.3 Big Gig Radio Show - Englewood, Colo.
25-Jul-14 - Center of the Universe Festival - Tulsa, Okla.
26-Jul-14 - Verizon Wireless Amphitheater/KPNT Radio Show - Maryland Heights, Mo.