Twenty One Pilots are clearly building something, but at this point it's not clear exactly what it is. The latest piece in their Trench puzzle dropped on Thursday morning (July 26) when the Ohio duo revealed the ominous video for "Nico and the Niners." Again teaming with frequent collaborator director Andrew Donoho, the pair take us deeper into what appears to be a larger narrative about a rebellion against a dark force on their upcoming fifth album, due out on Oct. 5.
Two weeks after surprise releasing their double singles, "Jumpsuit" and "Nico," singer Tyler Joseph and drummer Josh Dun are finally reunited in the new clip, which opens with a camera floating above a bleached-out, futuristic city. The view then zooms down into a room where Joseph sings the bouncy reggae-tinged refrain "East is up" while holding a yellow flower he adds to a pile inside a wooden box. Symbolism? Sure, but of what, we don't quite know yet.