It's finally here
‘Trench’, the long-awaited follow-up to Twenty One Pilots‘ fourth record ‘Blurryface’, is officially here – here’s everything we know about the Columbus duo’s new album, as well as an official stream, details of their 2019 touring plans and a look back at some of the more compelling fan theories about the new album.
- ‘Trench’ was finally released on October 5.
- The band played a one-off London show at the O2 Academy Brixton on September 12 to promote the new record – check out the NME review of the gig here.
- ‘My Blood’, the fourth single to be released from ‘Trench’, dropped on August 27 with an accompanying video which showed frontman Tyler Joseph working on the new album in a studio.
Where can I listen to the new Twenty One Pilots album?
Right here. After officially being announced on July 11, you can now listen to Twenty One Pilots’ new album ‘Trench’ below via Spotify.
Trench, an album by Twenty One Pilots on Spotify
Have there been any singles released from ‘Trench’?
Yes! Four singles – ‘Jumpsuit’, ‘Nico And The Niners’, ‘Levitate’ and ‘My Blood’ – were released ahead of the launch of the new album. Check out each track’s official video below.
Any tour dates?
Oh yes: check them out below (UK and Ireland dates are highlighted in bold). Tickets are on sale now, and are available to buy here.
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’s this Dema/Clancy fan theory about, then?
Ooh, boy. It’s well-known that Twenty One Pilots’ fans are some of the most dedicated – and they’re also some of the best internet sleuths around, meaning that they thoroughly investigated this particular theory about the new album. If you want to properly delve into it, then you should take a look at reddit user DJNapkin‘s megathread on it.
But in short, the theory claimed that the duo were creating a concept album and leaving a trail of online breadcrumbs for fans to follow.
It looked like the cunning plan had been a long time in the making, too – starting when the band announced their ‘hiatus’ last year. To mark this pause, the last thing the duo posted on their Twitter was the below image which reads: “And now I just sit in this silence.”
Later in the year, drummer Josh Dun – who was collecting an award at the APMAs – said in his acceptance speech: “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”.
This reference to silence led many people to think that the two things were connected, and that’s where the theory really began.
In April 2018, fans who avidly scoured the Twenty One Pilots website noticed a change on the ‘Vessel’ page: a new video had appeared. The clip included a link to this website at the end, featuring 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, fans also found this additional page on the website and started digging around in a further effort to unearth any tiny pieces of information about the new record. For an in-depth analysis of this mad-complicated theory, alongside this Reddit thread, The Pop Song Professor’s analysis video below may help unravel it.
In mid-May, a further development occurred when a new letter appeared on dmaorg.info which appeared to share more information on the shady ‘Dema’ character.
The letter read: “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 the square brackets which are missing from the original post spell out another hidden message: “YOU ARE STILL SLEEPING“
The letter is also dated ’17 07MOON 07′, which was thought to be a reference to the last time the band posted on social media: July 7, 2017.