We finally have a release date...
The long-awaited follow-up to Twenty One Pilots’ fourth record ‘Blurryface’ is officially on the way – here’s everything we know so far about their new album.
Do we have a release date for the new Twenty One Pilots album?
Yes! This is the day that Twenty One Pilots fans have been patiently waiting for. A full announcement today (July 11) confirmed that the band’s new album, titled ‘Trench’, will be released on October 5. “More details about the record will be released in the coming months”, according to a press release.
Have there been any singles from ‘Trench’?
Yes! Two new singles, ‘Jumpsuit’ and ‘Nico And The Niners’, have been released to accompany the announcement of ‘Trench’. You can see the official video for ‘Jumpsuit’ – which has been directed by Andrew Donoho – below.
Nico And The Niners, a song by Twenty One Pilots on Spotify
Any tour dates?
Oh yes. The announcement of ‘Trench’ has also been accompanied by the confirmation of the ‘Bandito’ world tour – which’ll visit the UK and Ireland in February and March 2019. Tickets go on sale on July 20, and you can find out more info here.
See their European tour dates below:
30 – Palace of Sports – Kiev, Ukraine
2 – VTB Arena – Moscow, Russia
4 – Ice Palace – St. Petersburg, Russia
6 – Ice Hall – Helsinki, Finland
8 – Ericsson Globe Arena – Stockholm, Sweden
9 – Telenor Arena – Oslo, Norway
11 – Royal Arena – Copenhagen, Denmark
12 – Barclaycard Arena – Hamburg, Germany
14 – Mercedes-Benz Arena – Berlin, Germany
15 – Atlas Arena – Lodz, Poland
16 – The O2 Arena – Prague, Czech Republic
17 – Wiener Stadthalle – Vienna, Austria
21 – Unipol Arena – Bologna, Italy
23 – Hallenstadion Zurich – Zurich, Switzerland
24 – Hanns-Martin-Schleyerhalle – Stuttgart, Germany
25 – Lanxess Arena – Cologne, Germany
27 – Genting Arena – Birmingham, United Kingdom
1 – 3Arena – Dublin, United Kingdom
2 – SSE Arena Belfast – Belfast, United Kingdom
4 – The SSE Hydro Arena – Glasgow, United Kingdom
5 – Manchester Arena – Manchester, United Kingdom
7 – The SSE Arena Wembley – London, United Kingdom
11 – Accorhotels Arena – Paris, France
12 – Ziggo Dome – Amsterdam, Netherlands
13 – Palais 12 – Brussels, Belgium
15 – Bizkaia Arena (BEC!) – Bilbao, Spain
16 – WiZink Center – Madrid, Spain
17 – Altice Arena – Lisbon, Portugal
What about a track listing?
We don’t have a tracklisting for ‘Trench’ yet; but fans have noticed that a few new songs by the band appeared briefly on the ISRC (International Standard Recording Code – a identification system for songs and music videos) database.
What about new logos or imagery for the new album?
The band have recently updated their Twitter profile with a new logo and header, and on Monday (9 July) eagle eyed fans spotted billboards with the new imagery around London.
The single artwork for the dual release of ‘Jumpsuit’ and ‘Nico and the Niners’ produced a first official look at Twenty One Pilots’ current artistic direction – see it below.
What will Twenty One Pilot’s fifth album sound like?
In an interview with Alternative Press, Tyler revealed that whilst on tour he’d been in the studio working on new ideas for music: “I was working on something last night that I’m really excited about…Right now I think it would be a little less up-tempo than the last record. I would want to focus a little more on the lyrical content.”
Will there be any collaborations?
This is yet unconfirmed. However last year Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo revealed he had met Tyler, so they could have been working on new music?
What’s this Dema/Clancy theory about then?
Ooh boy. It’s well know that Twenty One Pilots’ fans are some of the most dedicated out there, and they’re also some of the best internet sleuths around, and have been investigating this theory about the new album. If you want to properly delve into the theory, then reddit user DJNapkin has created this megathread on it.
But in short, it looks like the band are creating a concept album, and have laid a trail of online breadcrumbs online to reveal information about it.
It looks like it’s been a long time in the making, starting when the band announced their hiatus last year. To mark their hiatus, the last thing they posted on Twitter was this image, that reads ‘And now I just sit in this silence’. The band haven’t posted anything on their account since:
Then later in the year, when drummer Josh Dun collected an award at the APMA’s, in his aspeech said: “Tyler wishes he could be here, but he’s actually severing ties with dema.” A bit of an odd statement – because wtf is a dema? But fans did a quick google, and realised that Dema can mean “tower of silence”:
The mention of silence led people to think that the two things were connected, and that’s where the theory really begun.
Then in April 2018, fans avidly searching the Twenty One Pilots website noticed a change on the ‘Vessel’ page, where the video at the top changed. The new video included a link to this website at the end, which features the slightly ominous message: “you are in violation. thEy mustn’t know you were here. no one should ever find out About this. you can never tell anyone about thiS — for The sake of the others’ survIval, you muSt keep this silent. we mUst keeP silent. no one can know. no one can know. no o ne c an kn ow_” as well as “”(Violation Code. 15398642_14)”
Using the violation code on the website, fans also found this additional page on the website. Since then, they’ve have been digging into the site, trying to find pieces of information. For an in-depth analysis of of this mad complicated theory alongside this reddit threat, The Pop Song Professor’s analysis video will help unravel it.
In mid-May, a further development occurred, with a new letter appearing on dmaorg.info, appearing to share more information on the shady ‘Dema’ character.
The letter reads: “To refer to Dema as m[y] home has never felt accurate. Dema, t[o] me, has simply been the place that I’ve existed, or, the ‘slot’ they’ve put me in. I’ve heard stories abo[u]t the ide[a] of ‘home,’ and its depiction has always seemed warm f[r]om the storyt[e]ller’s de[s]cription. [T]here was a romant[i]c ownership of the p[l]ace they inhabited that I admired, but cou[l]d never relate to. Thi[s] place, my p[l]ace, however, s[e]ems devoid of the romance and wond[e]r that the old stories tell. But, somewhere between the iron order and infallible [p]rec[i]sion of Dema, a hum of wo[n]der exists, It’s the quiet wonder that my mind tends to [g]ets lost in. This hope of discovery alone has birthed a new version of myself; a better version, I hope, that will find a way to experience what’s beyond these colossal walls.
The letters in square brackets are missing from the original post (below), and spell out another, hidden message: “YOU ARE STILL SLEEPING”
The letter is dated ’17 07MOON 07′, which is thought to be a reference to the last time the band posted on social media – July 7, 2017. Nope, we’re none the wiser either.