Twenty One Pilots Get Funky on 'My Blood': Listen

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Twenty One Pilots pose for a portrait before the MTV EMA's at the Mediolanum Forum on Oct. 25, 2015 in Milan, Italy.

Twenty One Pilots seemed determine to show us the full breadth of their musical playbook in the run-up to the release of their Trench album (Oct. 5). The latest peek into the dark rebel story behind their follow-up to 2015 break-out Blurryface dropped on Monday night (Aug. 27) and it's called "My Blood." The moody track has thick funk underpinning, driven by a fat bass line, robotic drums and singer Tyler Joseph's disco-fied falsetto.

The lyrics may or may not continue the storyline that first emerged on the three Trench tracks that have emerged so far -- "Jumpsuit," "Nico and the Niners" and "Levitate" -- which have been laying out the story of Nico and the Nine, a group that appears to be the new version to the tormenting character Blurryface and the upstart rebel group the Banditos. In a keening falsetto that would make the Bee Gees proud, Joseph repeats "Stay with me, no, you don't need to run/ Stay with me, my blood, you don't need to run" of the song's throbbing beat. 

The video for the track shows Joseph in a dark recording studio playing the song's hypnotic bass line while bobbing his head; the singer updated his Instagram for the first time in over a year with an image from the session. It's unclear if the song is a continuation of the story in the trilogy of official Trench videos we've seen so far, but the lyrics do seem to have a maverick spirit in the third verse, where Joseph enigmatically raps, "If there comes a day/ People posted up at the end of of your driveway/ They're callin' for your head and they're callin' for your name/ I'll bomb down on 'em, I'm comin' through/ Do they know I was grown with you?"


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Fans got a brief preview of the song at the Aug. 20 MTV VMAs when it appeared in a commercial.

Check out "My Blood" below.