Twenty One Pilots Face Song Leak with New Tune “Heathens”

Twenty One Pilots Face Song Leak with New Tune “Heathens”

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Twenty One Pilots Joins Suicide Squad Soundtrack with “Heathens”

Twenty One Pilots is an American music duo from Columbus, Ohio. They currently consist of vocalist and keyboardist Tyler Joseph and drummer Josh Dun. They self-released two albums, Twenty One Pilots (2009) and Regional at Best (2011), before signing to record label Fueled by Ramen in 2012. They released their signed debut Vessel in 2013 and broke into the mainstream with their second signed album Blurryface, released in 2015.

Twenty One Pilots is one of the most popular groups in the current music scene. They bring a mixture of piano, synthesizer, drums, and vocals to their music, and their songs are usually poetry-based. The group classifies themselves as “schizophrenic pop”, or “schizoid pop” for short, an unofficial subgenre of pop. Indeed, at their core, Twenty One Pilots is a pop group. Their songs contain catchy choruses and solid synthesized beats. However, their lyrics contain much more complex messages than the average pop lyric. Tyler Joseph has stated that the purpose of the group’s music is to make people think and to encourage them to find joy in their lives. Both of these purposes resonate deeply with the teenage crowd, who form Twenty One Pilots’ most significant fanbase.

“Heathens” is the newest tune from Twenty One Pilots, and although they were supposed to release it on June 16th, it was leaked late at night on June 15th. It is the third song on the soundtrack for Suicide Squad, an upcoming American superhero film based on the DC Comics antihero team of the same name. David Ayer wrote and directed the film, and it stars an ensemble cast featuring Will Smith, Jared Leto, Viola Davis, Cara Delevingne, and more. Suicide Squad is scheduled for release on August 5th, 2016.

“Heathens” contains the signature elements of a Twenty One Pilots song: thoughtful lyrics, a moody tone, and a catchy chorus. It’s easy to hear how this fits right into a film soundtrack, but that doesn’t take away from Twenty One Pilots’ characteristic sound.

The lyrics in “Heathens” seem to focus on mistrust and the ingroup/outgroup distinction. Both of these themes fit Suicide Squad, which emphasizes the story of an antihero superhero team. Here are some great lyrics from the first verse of the song:

Welcome to the room of people

Who have rooms of people that they loved one day

Docked away

Just because we check the guns at the door

Doesn’t mean our brains will change from hand grenades

You’ll never know the psychopath sitting next to you

You’ll never know the murderer sitting next to you

You’ll think, “How’d I get here, sitting next to you?”

But after all I’ve said, please don’t forget

Twenty One Pilots hopes you find these lyrics thought-provoking. To hear the music that accompanies them, check out “Heathens” on YouTube below. Keep an eye out for Suicide Squad in theaters when August 5th rolls around!

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~ Nastassia

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