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Blurryface Live is an album released by Twenty One Pilots on November 25, 2016. It is available only in a three-disc set of vinyls. The album is 18 tracks long, featuring live versions of songs from the albums Blurryface, Vessel, and a medley of songs from Twenty One Pilots recorded at the Fox Theater in Oakland, California. A very limited number of albums were printed and available exclusively through twentyonepilots.com. The album is now considered extremely rare.

Track listing

No. Title Writer(s) Side
Disc 1
1. Heavydirtysoul Tyler Joseph A-1
2. Stressed Out Joseph A-2
3. Guns for Hands Joseph A-3
4. Migraine Joseph B-1
5. Polarize Joseph B-2
6. We Don't Believe What's on TV Joseph B-3
Disc 2
7. The Judge Joseph A-1
8. Lane Boy Joseph A-2
9. Medley Mashup (medley including The Pantaloon, Semi-Automatic, Forest, Screen, Ode to Sleep and Addict with a Pen) Joseph A-3
10. Doubt Joseph B-1
11. Message Man Joseph B-2
12. Holding on to You Joseph B-3
Disc 3
13. Ride Joseph A-1
14. The Run and Go Joseph A-2
15. Tear in My Heart Joseph A-3
16. Car Radio Joseph B-1
17. Goner Joseph B-2
18. Trees Joseph B-3

Artwork

The artwork is based on photography by Reel Bear Media and Brad Heaton, designed by Brandon Rike.

Design

On February 14, 2017, long time collaborator and graphic designer Brandon Rike shared the design process behind the limited edition tri-fold vinyl on Medium[1].

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After watching my Twenty One Pilots homeboys take home the Grammy for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance for their hit song “Stressed Out” while humbly, and without pants, reflecting upon the long and hopeful road that got them there, I cannot help but sit in tremendous gratitude for getting to be their art director along this wild ride.


The workload has been constant and fierce. From designing full tour branding to merch and accessories, I’ve challenged myself to not only crank out the work, but to also put method and thought behind it all — doing my best to not let anything thoughtless go out the door.


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I was tasked with designing packaging for a 3-disc vinyl package for their live album. Twenty One Pilots: Blurryface LIVE. The idea of creating packaging that could even hold a candle to the experience these dudes create at their concerts was quite daunting. Their performance is larger than life, and no packaging could compare.

So, I had some criteria for what I wanted to make. First, I wanted to draw more attention to the amazing photography of Brad Heaton and Mark Eshleman. These guys have captured the band so beautifully, that it would be a shame to not let their photos take center stage.


The other rule was to make the experience of opening the packaging be one of build-up and discovery. After several cover concepts, all mostly about using a strong image to show the live experience, I thought that something understated and calm may be the most interesting choice.

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Start simple, and let the user’s eyes widen as they opened it. The cover was purposely subtle and deceptive. Just two guys on a simple stage playing simple songs — no big deal. The back cover: just Tyler, dropped dead on stage. So, something must have happened between point A and B.

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In stark contrast to the cover, your first open is full of confetti, with the guys performing their legendary epic drum stunt upon the crowd.

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One of the ideas that Mark Eshleman and I came up with when discussing the layout was to have a small pump shoot confetti at the opener’s face. Believe it or not, we were not able to make that happen, but it did lead to our idea of using the greeting card style audio while the panel was opened.

I moved from my design software to my audio-editing software. Mark has tons of old footage of the band. One of which was a time when Tyler was driving the van, in the early days, talking about the drummer that had just joined the band (Josh) and the frustration of how small of a band they were.

“We have a new drummer, his name is Josh. We all need to go over the parts with him, and make sure we’re tight. It’s kind of frustrating — we’re really small. We’re so insignificant as a band right now…”

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I merged those with newer audio of sold-out arena’s chanting “T-O-P” and ended with Tyler’s signature sign off:

“We’re Twenty One Pilots and so are you.”

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From humble and frustrated beginnings, thisband has become the biggest band of 2016. Any chance we get, us in the TØP Camp try to bring that around full circle — grateful of where the band is, and remembering where they came from, and the path that brought them there.

So the full 3-panel opens with the handwritten “We’re Twenty One Pilots, and so are you.” over a captivating image of the two guys staring at a sea of passionate fans. Overwhelming. Grateful.

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The added discovery comes while pulling out the sleeve and records from the pockets. More captivating photos of the guys, divided into the 3 members of the band — Tyler, Josh, and the fans, affectionately known as the Skeletøn Clique and FPE (Few Proud Emotional).

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I chose to do picture discs for the records themselves — simply because I had hundreds of photos to use, and I wanted to use all I could. In addition to the photo on the picture disc, the inner label graphic was able to be part of the disc, as opposed to an applied sticker, which felt like another way to make it all about the photos.

If nothing else, I want the layout to be fun to open. I want it to be something that fans can get excited about. These fans are such a huge part of this movement, that if I could make the layout remind them of the show, even in a small way, I believe that they can be transported and instantly uplifted. I believe if design is done with care, it can make people feel something strong. This fanbase deserves it.

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Credits

Credits adapted from liner notes.


Writers and producers Tyler Joseph, except "Holding on to You" written by Tyler Joseph, Maurice Gleaton, Charles Hammond, Robert Hill, Deangelo Hunt, Bernard Leverette, Gerald Tiller, and Jamall Willingham
Recorded in Fox Theater, Oakland, CA, USA Us.png
Instrumentation Tyler Joseph and Josh Dun
Lead Vocals Tyler Joseph
A&R Pete Ganbarg
Art direction and design Brandon Rike, Reel Bear Media and Virgilio Tzaj
Photography Reel Bear Media, Brad Heaton
Packaging production Josh Skubel
Mixed by Neal Avron, Scott Skyrynski
Mastered by Chris Gheringer at Sterling Sound, New York Us.png
Published by
  • Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp (BMI) / Fueled By Music (BMI) / Stryker Joseph Music (BMI)
  • All rights on behalf of itself and Stryker Joseph Music
  • Administered by Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp
  • Tyler Joseph Music (BMI) / Buck 3485 (ASCAP) / Roynet Music (ASCAP)
  • Administered by The Royalty Network, Inc. / EMI April Music, Inc. / Dem Franchize Boyz / Keep It Pimpin Publishing LLC / Guacked Up (ASCAP)

External Links

The LP's Discogs Listing

Twenty One Pilots
About Twenty One PilotsTyler JosephJosh Dun
Studio albums Twenty One PilotsRegional at BestVesselBlurryfaceTrenchScaled and Icy
EPs Three SongsMigraine (EP)Holding on to You (EP)Quiet Is ViolentThe LC LPDouble SidedTOPxMMTrench 10" Triplet EPLocation Sessions
Live albums Blurryface LiveScaled and Icy (Livestream Version)
Singles Holding on to YouGuns for HandsLovelyHouse of GoldFake You OutCar RadioFairly LocalTear in My HeartStressed OutLane BoyRideHeathensHeavydirtysoulCancerJumpsuitNico and the NinersLevitateMy BloodChlorineThe HypeLevel of ConcernChristmas Saves the YearShy AwayChokerSaturday
Tours Mostly November TourBlurryface World TourEmotional Roadshow World TourTour De ColumbusThe Bandito TourTakeover TourThe Icy Tour
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