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Interview:
Twenty One Pilots already gunning for next album
 

By GARY GRAFF
21st Century Media/Digital First Media, @GraffonMu

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Hailing from Columbus, Ohio, the two members of Twenty One Pilots know that they probably shouldn't wear Buckeye colors when they play in Detroit the evening of the annual Ohio State-Michigan game.

"I'm very, very aware of that," says drummer Josh Dun, whose bandmate Tyler Joseph was attending Ohio State when the two began playing together. "I'm prepared for it."

But Twenty One Pilots is hoping its music will mitigate any latent hostility that might exist on this side of the border.

The duo released its first national album, "Vessel," in January, and scored a quick hit with "Holding On To You." Twenty One Pilots have been logging road time "constantly" ever since, and Dun says he and Joseph are pleased and surprised with how things have gone so far.

"We truly had no idea how to go about doing this stuff and how to make these things happen," Dun says. "We didn't know how to book a show or play more than two shows in a row that are farther than 30 minutes from our house. We really like to talk and reminisce about those days. It's really cool to think about where we are now and how far we've come in a pretty short time."

Twenty One Pilots recently released a new single, "House of Gold," but Dun and Joseph also have a handful of new songs and "plenty" of ideas formulating for their next album, which they hope to start working on during early 2014.

"We've been coming up with ideas and recording them in the back lounge of our bus, and hopefully some time next year we'll take those into a real studio and get them sounding exactly like we want them to," Dun says. "It's really exciting having these new ideas. Tyler's really excited about them, too. Sometimes it's hard not to play them and put together a different live show that includes that stuff, but it will happen eventually."

Twenty One Pilots, Smallpools and Sirah perform at 89X's Turkey-chella on Saturday, Nov. 30, at the Fillmore Detroit, 2115 Woodward Ave.. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $8.90 and $35. Call 313-961-5450 or visit www.livenation.com.

Web Site: www.livenation.com

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