Twenty One Pilots sang “Heathens” in this week’s “Saturday Night Live“. The song is out of the soundtrack Suicide Squad. Watch the video below the performance of Twenty One Pilots of “Heathens” in “Saturday Night Live”.
This is the first time Twenty One Pilots on “Saturday Night Live”. Days before the advent bands in the program, which tweeted that they were “incredibly honored to be the musical guests.
The group is on a roll. a month and a half ago, twenty one pilots won Best Rock Video at the MTV Video Music Awards for “Infidels”. In the video of the song, Joseph Tyler group is taken to prison, where we see some of the characters of the Suicide Squad movie, including Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn and Will Smith as Deadshot. At one point, band member Josh Dun is let out of his cell and joins Tyler in the basement of the prison. Moments after all the prisoners out of their cells and head to the basement where Twenty One Pilots gives a yield for criminals.
Twenty One Pilots continues to soar toward the top of the musical charts — but don’t feel bad if you don’t know about them.
Chances are, though, you will recognize one of their recent radio staples like “Stressed Out” or “Heathens” when you hear it.
Their relative anonymity is all but certain to change this weekend, when Twenty One Pilots take flight on one of the world’s biggest stages as the musical guest on “Saturday Night Live.”
Before they begin their initial descent into Studio 8H, however, here’s everything you need to know about the breakout band of 2016.
Their name is misleading:
We’re not sure where the other 19 pilots went, but the group actually consists of just two members: lead vocalist and keyboardist Tyler Joseph and drummer Josh Dun.
This wasn’t always the case. Joseph founded the group with two others — Nick Thomas and Chris Salih — in Columbus, Ohio in 2009, but both left for other ventures two years later, shortly after Dun joined the band.
They’re wildly versatile:
Good luck assigning just one genre to these multi-instrumentalists.
Every song contains some combination of piano, electric keyboard, drums, synth and even ukulele, giving them an unorthodox electronic-pop and rock crossover sound.
Their fast-paced, poetic style of reciting lyrics, meanwhile, is straight out of a rap song, making it even harder to decipher what category of music they fit in.
Alternative hip-hop is probably the safest choice for a label.
They’ve enjoyed a record-setting 2016:
Before February, they’d never even had a Top 80 hit on the Billboard charts. A lot’s changed in the subsequent eight months.
During that stretch, Twenty One Pilots cracked the Top 5 with three different songs, including “Heathens” and “Stressed Out,” both of which climbed to No. 2.
Even more impressive, they became the first alternative group in history to have two songs in the Top 10 at the same time on the strength of “Heathens” and “Ride” in February.
They’re not the newcomers you might think:
Despite their banner 2016, Twenty One Pilots have been toiling in relative anonymity for years.
They dropped three albums — including two self-released works — between 2009 and 2015 before their latest release, 2015’s “Blurryface,” finally propelled them into the mainstream success they sought.
“Blurryface,” which contains each of the three hits to climb up the charts this year, is the band’s second album under the Fueled By Ramen label, which houses other major acts including Panic! at the Disco, Gym Class Heroes and Nate Ruess.
They’ve dominated the awards circuit:
They might still be waiting for their first No. 1 hit, but Twenty One Pilots has hauled in a slew of honors already this year.
That includes winning alternative rock artist of the year honors at the iHeartRadio Music Awards, and top rock artist honors at the Billboard Music Awards ceremony.
Billboard also named “Blurryface” the best rock album at that same ceremony, while their video for “Heathens” — which was written for “Suicide Squad” 1 won best rock video of the MTV Video Music Awards.
They’re ready for “SNL”:
But they’ll have a tough act to follow: “Hamilton” creator Lin-Manuel Miranda, who has some pretty well regarded pipes of his own, is set to host for the first time.
The song reached number one on the Billboard Hot Songs Rock, number four on the list of Top 40 Mainstream, 14 in the Adult Top 40 chart and reached number two on the Hot 100. To view the performance Twenty one of the pilots of the “pagans” in “Saturday Night Live,” see below.