Crowd sourced reviews: Twenty One Pilots – “Fairly Local”
It’s here. “Your” band twenty one pilots has released the first single of the hotly anticipated follow up to Vessel, titled Blurryface. The first single, “Fairly Local,” has many people talking. Personally, I (Ryan) feel this embodies what people look for when they expect a band to progress. “Fairly Local” walks the line between experimentation and familiarity well, and there are some cool Easter eggs within. Why does Tyler look so creepy? What’s with Josh stripping down his drum kit? Is the dark vibe cool or lame? Below are some what some friends of the blog had to say:
“Honestly, it’s super smart, creative and insightful. If someone hates it or think it lacks creativity or is all about money I’m not sure they get the song.
Not only does the song have blurryface in it, but, while the verses follow the same content lyrically, they are inverse of one another. This shows the battle Tyler has going on in his head and the emergence of blurry face in verse 2 is interesting.
The song is dark and hits hard-it deff captures a lot of their live energy.” – Sam Baumier of Truslow
“Tyler is a genius because he’s stopped fighting the idea that his music targets teenagers and has finally embraced it. Teenagers make people famous. Teenagers make people rich. They run the entertainment industry. It’ll be interesting to see if this video sets the tone for the full album. Honestly, I dig it. I miss the original TOP content from their first self titled album, but I also realize that Tyler is dead now. A new, more badass Tyler has emerged. I’m proud of them both.” – Dana Greene of Embers of Arson
“Not a huge fan right off the bat but I have a feeling it will grow on me. Ide much rather see a band step out and change their sound then make the same albums over and over. Excited for the full length.” – John Beach
“Ive never been a huge twenty one pilots fan, but I like the direction it took. The song overall, though, lacked the creativity that they’re so reputable for; it had my attention for the first 45 seconds, and the rest dragged.” – Seth Brown of Silence the Ocean
“I can’t honestly feel the excitements I felt when first heard of them. If this was my first song from them, I’ll skip and not look back… But knowing what they’ve already put out and my love for it, i am excited to countdown to May 9th.” Daniel G. (Washington DC area)
“Im not a big TOP fan even though I support Josh in ANYTHING he does and I think Tyler is a genius over all musically. I like this, my only comment is on the rap part that sounds like Tommy Chong of Cheech and Chong they should have had a guest rapper do that part or maybe I’m wrong and its not Tyler but the video leads you to believe it is. It’s weird” – Chris Carle, manager of Stars and the Sky[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HDI9inno86U[/youtube]
“I’m on the fence about this track. The first few times I listened to it, I was less than impressed because to me, it sounds like anything else that has a strong beat. And then this incredible music video accompanies it and I was much more interested because it feels more provocative/connected when you’re watching the performance. So, I’m not totally smitten right now because I feel like as a fan, I can expect more out of these guys- but I also wasn’t very impressed with Migraine the first few times I heard it and it’s got more than a few hundred plays in my library now. I do love, though, that they’re willing to push the boundaries a bit and make a song that’s super atypical of the alternative/emo niche they’ve found themselves in.” – Juliet Kozlow, Tuned Up contributor
“It is certainly quite a departure from their first few albums. I think it could grow on me but it’s not something that catches me right off the bat. I love that it is clear that they are trying something new and completely different. It’s fresh. I can still feel their motivation and their creativity pushing through this song, which makes me real happy. They’re not afraid to push their own boundaries, to try something new even if it may not be popular (with the whole “this song will never be on the radio” bit coinciding with that idea) whether it’s with their fans or in general, and that is awesome.” – Mira R. (Columbus, OH area)
“One thing I do dig about this song is the fact that Tylers not afraid to try new things musically. Blurry Face is a new album. Its not Vessel. Its not Regional At Best or its not their self titled album. Its a completely new project with new challenges and victories. With that being said, I cant wait for the album.” – Mitch L. (Alabama)
“I LOVVVE it! It doesn’t sound like their normal stuff, which is perfect because Tyler and Josh are anything but. I love that you can hear how powerful the song has the potential to be, but right when you think they’re going to let it loose, they pull back on the reins and keep all of the emotion simmering just below the surface. Can’t wait to see it live. They’ve come a long way musically from the partially filled high school gyms we used to see them at, lol…” – Ashton S.
“Such a good progression from their older stuff. More mature (in a good way), a little darker while keeping their essence. I’ve been wondering what they were going to do next! That reggae-esque melody on the verse hooked me immediately. Great track. #PowerToTheLocalDreamer” – Marco Castro of The Castros
“Seems like they just want to make money and milk the local crap until they can’t anymore, the rapping was distasteful. Obviously tons of people will go crazy for them but it’s not my thing.” – Ilija Necovski, Carev Dvor