Abandoning the story of the battling Banditos for a few minutes, Twenty One Pilots go deep in the affecting new video for “My Blood.” The clip, which dropped on Friday morning (Oct. 5) just hours after the release of the Columbus, Ohio-bred duo’s fifth album, Trench, tells the story of a pair of brothers whose bond is cemented by a childhood spent with an alcoholic father (portrayed by singer Tyler Joseph).
In what appears to be an homage to the classic S.E. Hinton novel The Outsiders, the two — one a loud, scene-making rabble-rouser, the younger a quiet, shy introvert — are constantly at odds with the jocks at their high school, whom they taunt and seem perpetually on the verge of brawling with. Things heat up to a boiling point at a Halloween house party, where the sibs dress up as skeletons and dance to the super funky house band. Guess who?
When the football furies realize who the masked me are, they follow them home and beat the older brother to a pulp, prompting the protective younger brother to charge out and attack them with a baseball bat. That, however, is just the beginning of the story. Watch the video below to find out how it ends.
In addition to dropping Trench on Friday, the group revealed that they will be performing at Tuesday’s (Oct. 9) 2018 American Music Awards, joining the long list of previously-announced acts playing the show, including Shawn Mendes, Zedd and Camila Cabello, Dua Lipa, Carrie Underwood, Mariah Carey and Taylor Swift, who will open this year’s show.
Watch the video for “My Blood” below.