I think at this point most people have heard of Twenty One Pilots and the incredible live show they put on. I had the chance to photograph them a few months ago at Irving Plaza and I was blown away. When I heard they were coming to my backyard, Starland Ballroom, I knew I had to be there.
Opening the show were Hunter Hunted and NONONO. I had never listened to either band before the show, but both bands clearly had fans in the audience. Hunter Hunted hail from California and they really did a great job of bringing the energy in the room up. Upbeat pop music combined with incredible vocals and an occasional violin- fantastic.
Hunter Hunted said they are finishing their new album as soon as the tour is over, I am excited to hear it. I am sure that it won't be the last time I hear of them.
NONONO were up next and they were definitely a little more subdued than the openers. Led by vocalist Stina Wappling and hailing from Sweden; they were making the most of their time on the stage. During their set the band said this was their first US Tour but I am sure it will not be their last.
Next up were the band everyone was there to see. Looking around the room at the Twenty One Pilots shirts, hats, and the skeleton face paint, this sold out NJ crowd were more than ready to see this band play. Honestly, it's pretty amazing to see this two piece band from Ohio, with one album out, already with this ravenous of a fan base.
Tyler and Josh took the stage, wearing suits and masks, and they launched into their opening song, Guns for Hands. Damn, man. The show was off and running.
It is hard to describe the band live, it really is something you have to see. At various times Tyler was on the piano, drum riser, or crowd. Later on in the set Josh brought a drum set out into the crowd and the audience held him up as he played. They never stopped moving, jumping or connecting with the sold out crowd. It was absolutely fantastic.
There is a still a good run of their tour left. Go, just go. Don't think about it. Don't wonder if, just go. Sing, make new friends, join the Skeleton Clique. I promise that you will have an amazing time.