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.
Soon enough, we’re transported to some kind of gray sanctuary where grim-faced parishioners watch as red-hooded bishops undertake some a ritual involving blowing glass and forming it into geometric neon shapes. Joseph packs his backpack and sets off to meet Dun, who is leading a group of torch-carrying rebels through the bowels of city. The pair meet up and exchange an elaborate handshake as the rest of the hoodie-wearing crew unload giant bags containing Dun’s drum kit and Joseph’s yellow-striped jumpsuit.
The clip briefly turns into a live performance piece as Joseph spins into the song’s dancehall-style breakdown as the actions comes to an ominous close portending future chapters in the saga.
Check out the video below.
Lead single “Jumpsuit” jumped 8-1 in its second week on Billboard‘s Alternative Songs radio airplay chart, marking the fastest run to #1 on the tally this decade. “Jumpsuit” is the band’s fourth Alternative Songs No. 1, all earned in under the last three years. The duo first led with “Stressed Out” (for 12 weeks beginning Nov. 21, 2015) and followed with “Ride” (seven weeks; April 9, 2016) and “Heathens” (11 weeks; Sept. 10, 2016). Concurrently, “Jumpsuit” rises 4-3 on the all-rock-format Rock Airplay chart with 10.1 million audience impressions, according to Nielsen Music, and breaks into the top 30 on Mainstream Rock Songs (36-27). On the all-genre airplay-, streaming- and sales-based Billboard Hot 100, the song lifts 60-50.