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Interview:
Twenty One Pilots gunning to keep building audience
 

By GARY GRAFF
Digital First Media, @GraffonMusic

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Twenty One Pilots has dubbed its latest road trip the Quiet Is Violent World Tour, but drummer Josh Dun says being on the road is really just a continuum for him and bandmate Tyler Joseph.

"People are always like, 'How long have you been touring?' " says Dun, 26. "We're like, 'Technically three years I think.' The whole concept of touring is different for us. You can divide them into these different tour titles, but it's all one big (tour) to us."

The Quiet Is Violent moniker, meanwhile, comes from "Car Radio," a song from the Columbus, Ohio modern rock duo's 2013 album "Vessel." "We just felt it was fitting and also a bit ironic, kind of a cool juxtaposition," Dun explains. "It's a song deals with sort of being alone in your thoughts and dealing with silence and shutting out music or whatever is distracting you from your thoughts.

"So going on the road with that and putting it up next to us, being as loud as we can and hitting things as hard as we can, it's kind of an interesting concept."

Dun and Joseph are finding more people listening to Twenty One Pilots' noise these days, too. Besides a steady ascent since the group's formation in 2009, it also spent the summer playing big festival shows, including Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza and Firefly. The exposure, Dun says, is noticeably paying off at the duo's own shows.

"Festivals...are a situation where we're being put in front of a lot of people, and we kind of just assume that nobody knows who we are," Dun says. "We feel we really need to prove ourselves in a way and try to win over people who are watching or who are maybe poking their heads in, a bit interested in what's going on.

"We do see results, especially when we come back and play markets near where we played festivals. We can play maybe a bigger crowd in the same venue we played before or be at a bigger venue down the street. That's the result of not only playing festivals but people are truly buying into it, and that's the greatest form of marketing is them sharing it with their friends and families and getting invested in what we're doing. It's cool for us to be able to feel that we're moving at a forward motion."

Dun adds that Twenty One Pilots is working on material for its fourth album, which he and Joseph plan to start recording later this year with a hoped-for 2015 release.

Twenty One Pilots, MisterWives and Vinyl Theatre

Thursday, Oct. 2. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

The Fillmore Detroit, 2115 Woodward Ave.

Tickets are $35 and 25

Call 313-961-5641 or visit www.livenation.com

Web Site: www.livenation.com

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