Saturday, January 26, 2013

twenty | one | pilots - Guns For Hands


Described as “schizoid pop” (a term I am not ready to accept), Twenty One Pilots – duo, Tyler Joseph and Josh Dun – became a hot buzz word in 2012 when they signed with Fueled by Ramen and then released a three-song teaser EP, aptly titled, “Three Songs.” With their debut full-length album, “Vessel,” the Columbus, Ohio natives are poised to take over the music scene.


I know what you think in the morning
When the sun shines on the ground
And shows what you have done
It shows where your mind has gone.

And you swear to your parents
That it will never happen again
I know, I know what that means
I know

That you all have guns
And you never put the safety on
And you all have plans
To take it, don't take it

I'm trying, I'm trying to sleep
I'm trying, I'm trying to sleep
But I can't, but I can't when you all have
Guns for hands, yeah.

Let's take this one second at a time
Let's take this one song, this one rhyme
Together, let's breathe
Together, to the beat

But there's hope out the window
So that's where we'll go
Let's go outside and all join hands
But until then you'll never understand...

We've turned our hands to guns, trade in our thumbs for ammunition,
I must forewarn you, of my disorder, or my condition,
'Cause when the sun sets, it upsets what's left of my invested interest,
Interested in putting my fingers to my head,
The solution is, I see a whole room of these mutant kids,
Fused at the wrist, I simply tell them they should shoot at this,
Simply suggest my chest and this confused music, it's,
Obviously best for them to turn their guns to a fist.


Guns for Hands’ is the showpiece of the album. If you have to choose one song to listen to, make it this one. The heart-pounding chorus explodes in waves, the drums and vocals combine to give us a nice ebb-and-flow that will keep listeners coming back. The verse is deceivingly mild; the message hidden within is more serious than the light-hearted tone lets on. It’s big, it’s deep, and it’s the best song on the album. ‘Trees’ follows, and it gives ‘Guns for Hands’ a run for its money. It makes the album go out with a bang before ‘Truce,’ the softest song on the album. ‘Truce’ ends the album on a somber note, but one of freedom and hope. TD

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