The title of Twenty One Pilots‘ smash fourth album Blurryface refers to a mysterious character who appears throughout the disc and even has his own Twitter account. Frontman Tyler Josephtold us who and what Blurryface is supposed to be: [“Blurryface is a guy and this guy, for me as a writer on this record, this guy represents — in a whole, represents my insecurities. And it helped me to give this guy a name, a face and kind of a seat at the table so that I could really look at my insecurities and try to figure out what’s going on.”] SOUNDCUE (:17 OC: . . . what’s going on.)

  • Joseph told Billboard recently that having a character like Blurryface and a loose concept to the album is a way to make people listen to the whole thing, explaining, “These symbols and having a narrative give people a reason to want to take in the whole album — not just one song. The concept of a single is still pretty foreign to us.”
  • The concept of a single may be foreign to the duo, but not to the radio stations where the band’s latest, “Ride,” is sitting at Number One.
  • “Ride” is the pair’s second chart-topper from the album, following “Stressed Out.”
  • Twenty One Pilots will kick off a massive, mostly sold-out headlining summer tour on May 31st in Cincinnati. The Emotional Roadshow trek will encompass nearly 40 dates in stadiums and arenas across the U.S. and Canada, concluding with two shows at New York’s Madison Square Garden on August 10th and 11th.

FAST FACTS:

  • Blurryface is the follow-up to 2013’s Vessel and also contains the Top Five Modern Rock hit “Tear In My Heart.”
  • The CD sold more than 147,000 copies in its first week of release when it came out lasy May to debut at Number One on the Billboard 200 album chart.

CHECK IT OUT: Watch the video for “Ride”: