On Wednesday night, Ones To Watch brought Twenty One Pilots to Irving Plaza for the first of a sold out 2 night stint. To say that Twenty One Pilots are blowing up a bit right now would definitely be an understatement. I was really excited to be there to photograph them.
Sirah and Smallpools were there to open the incredible night. When Sirah took the stage she made a fan out of every person in that room; myself included. With her mix of rapping and singing and her infectious energy, there was no way you couldn't not move when she played.
Smallpools also made the most of their time on stage. Hailing from my home state of NJ, Smallpools is a 4 piece indie rock band who released their debut single earlier this year. Judging by how great they sound together and how well everyone reacted to them, Smallpools is just getting started.
In the 20 minutes before Twenty One Pilots took the stage, the energy in the room steadily rose. People were clearly excited for the band to take the stage. At right around 9:4- the huge LED screen lit up, spot lights came up, and the music came over the speakers. When the band- Tyler and Joshua, came out the screams were deafening. Wearing masks and hoods, they launched into their first song, Trees.
Their live shows are already becoming legendary. It was clear from the first note on Tyler's keytar, that every person in that room was prepared to go on a journey with them. For a band composed of just two members, it is absolutely amazing to watch them play.
If you are reading these words then you probably already saw the photos. I don't know if my words can actually even sum out how impressed I was. Walking on the crowd, leaping from ledges, having the audience hold up your drums while you play- this show had it all. And beyond all that, the show had heart. You could feel the two guys on stage leaving it all the stage. Every person in Irving Plaza was ready to do the same. It was a really fantastic night from a band that is going to do big, big things.