There is nothing we love more here at Jammy Toast than listening to some of our favourite tunes. From time to time we will post a music video from an artist or genre that we think will be enjoyable to you; our friends. We often feature music that you may not have come across before, or music that maybe you just missed the first time around. Try and listen with an open mind, you never know, you may find something you can add to your iPod. If you have any music videos you would like us to feature then drop us a line – we are always happy to listen to requests but we cannot promise to feature everyone’s favourite…
There was absolutely nothing on the telly the other night and so we just put the Kerrang Music Channel on and this song just blew us away. It is called “Stressed Out” and is a song by an American duo called Twenty One Pilots. The song is from their fourth studio album, Blurryface (2015). The track was produced by Mike Elizondo and recorded in Los Angeles, California and London, England. Elizondo initially took issue with the nature of the song’s lyrical content. However, he relaxed after lead vocalist and songwriter Tyler Joseph explained the larger album concept.
“Stressed Out” is about the harsh end of adolescence. The song is an ode that harbours a downbeat atmosphere and lyrics speaking on transitioning from adolescence to adulthood and nostalgia for the innocence of childhood. They touch on insecurities and address millennial angst while discussing life challenges. Throughout the song, Joseph personifies the album’s titular character, “Blurryface.” His self-deprecating lyrics express self-doubt and anxiety, stressing over personal issues ranging from his music to the idea of growing older and becoming an adult.
The song became one of the biggest hit singles of 2015 in America, making Twenty One Pilots a mainstream sensation. “Stressed Out” topped multiple Billboard charts, reaching #1 on the rock chart in addition to ascending to the summit of the alternative chart while also managing to cross over and peak at #1 on the pop chart. The single peaked at #2 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart. “Stressed Out” received the nominations for Record of the Year and Best Pop Duo/Group Performance at the 59th Annual Grammy Awards, winning the latter.
An accompanying music video for the single was directed by Mark C Eshelman and was mostly filmed at drummer Josh Dun’s home in Columbus, Ohio. It features a mixture of surrealistic visuals and existential scenes while portraying the duo riding three-wheelers for a playdate and attempting to relive their childhood. In the music video, black paint can be seen on the neck and hands of Tyler Joseph, referencing the character Blurryface. With the single, Twenty One Pilots became the very first rock act to have a song reach a billion streams on Spotify. “Stressed Out” has since been certified 8x Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for sales of over 8,000,000 copies.
Strangely, the song was only a very minor hit over here reaching #31 on the UK Charts.
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