A week from this Friday, on Oct. 5, fans of Columbus, Ohio AltRock duo Twenty One Pilots will finally be able to wrap their ears around the band’s wildly anticipated new album, Trench.
A large chunk of the regional fanbase of Ohio’s biggest musical export in years will be reveling in their ecstatic collective anticipation of the full-length release this Saturday at Bogart’s, as the venue hosts its second “Clique Night." The event will feature open mic performances and a DJ (plus “spooky surprises”) and offers a chance for fans to commune like they notoriously do when camping out before TØP concerts.
The event begins at 8 p.m. Saturday. Click here for tickets and more info.
This past spring, Bogart’s hosted its first Clique Night, which drew a packed crowd. Since Cincinnati is so close to Tyler Joseph and Josh Dun’s hometown, there were rumors online that they might appear at the event or new music might be revealed. Though that never happened, the area members of the Skeleton Clique (as TØP devotees are known collectively) didn’t seem too disappointed.
Trench is the follow-up to T Ø P’s 2015 album Blurryface , a global sensation that made the duo one of the biggest musical acts on the planet. It wasn’t just the unshakable melodies that entranced listeners; Twenty One Pilots developed a deep connection with fans via their songs’ emotional weight and clever way of providing a musical escape while also dealing with things like depression and self-doubt. Blurryface personified the causes of such mental battles, while Trench expands that theme into a multidimensional universe. This summer, T Ø P woke up the Clique with a pair of new tracks to introduce the Trench era (two other songs were subsequently released, along with a cinematic trilogy of music videos). The global tour dates behind Trench also kick off next month and so far the only Ohio date is Oct. 23 in Cleveland; like with most other shows on the extensive road trek supporting Trench , tickets for the Quicken Loans Arena concert sold out almost instantly.
Joseph recently talked to Beats 1 Radio’s Zane Lowe about the new album (which seems a lock to enter the Billboard album chart at No. 1) from his Columbus home studio:
Last summer, CityBeat provided a musical road-trip roadmap featuring sites related to some of Ohio’s best-known artists, including the high school where Joseph was a basketball star (before deciding to dive full-on into music). Read it here.