Level of Concern is a song written and recorded by Twenty One Pilots and was released as a promotional single on April 9, 2020.
Tyler Joseph took to his twitter on April 6, 2020 to announce a new song was coming. He announced that a part of the money made from it would go to Crew Nation, a charity dedicated to helping live music venues and others involved in it who are suffering due to the quarantine measures and public gathering restrictions relating to COVID-19. On April 8, 2020, Tyler announced that the single would be released the following day with a video. He posted the single cover and the song title along with the message.
The song was conceived after Tyler's mom, Kelly Joseph, inspired him to write it to all the fans of the band during the COVID-19 pandemic quarantine. He decided to turn it into a love song about his wife Jenna. Due to isolation, Joseph and Dun could only work on the song remotely. According to Tyler, the song is the first one he ever wrote on an electric guitar, stating "it's simple but hopeful".
When asked about the song in an interview to Alternative Press, Dun said, "Tyler is my favourite songwriter and I think that ultimately he’s great at writing happy-sounding songs and a lot of times he’ll fight that within himself and try to dirty something up a little bit. It’s fun to work with him and come up with all sorts of different feels and styles and something that feels a little bit darker and something that feels a little bit lighter. For this one, it really felt like it just needed to be a lighter feeling song and something that’s a little bit more distractable.”
On May 29, 2020, a lyric video created by New York-based Indonesian artist Pinot W. Ichwadardi and his family was uploaded to Twenty One Pilots' YouTube channel.
Live from Outside
On May 23, 2020, the song was performed on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon's At Home Edition. The band was helped by longtime collaborators Paul Meany (keys, background vocals), Simon Jefferis (bass, keys, background vocals), Jesse Blum (trumpet, background vocals) and also by their fictional character Ned (guitar). The official audio of the performance was released three days later, titled "Level of Concern (Live from Outside)".
The song lyrics underwent some changes in the live performance, as well as an addition of a new verse during its bridge.
On June 21, 2020, after a week-long Level of Concern scavenger hunt, Twenty One Pilots released a livestream titled Level of Concern (Never-Ending Music Video). A website, https://loc.twentyonepilots.com/, allows fans to submit to be in the music video. Every 3 minutes and 40 seconds, the music video restarts, and each time it restarts new fan videos show up.
The livestream lasted from June 21 to December 16, 2020, and was certified as the "longest music video" by Guinness World Records, clocking in at 177 days, 16 hours, 10 minutes, and 25 seconds.
|Producer(s)||Tyler Joseph and Paul Meany|
|Recorded at||Tyler Joseph's home studio Columbus, OH|
|Engineered by||Adam Hawkins|
|Mixed by||Adam Hawkins|
|Mastered by||Chris Gehringer|
|Published by||Fueled by Ramen|
|Twenty One Pilots|
|About||Twenty One Pilots • Tyler Joseph • Josh Dun|
|Studio albums||Twenty One Pilots • Regional at Best • Vessel • Blurryface • Trench • Scaled and Icy|
|EPs||Three Songs • Migraine (EP) • Holding on to You (EP) • Quiet Is Violent • The LC LP • Double Sided • TOPxMM • Trench 10" Triplet EP • Location Sessions|
|Live albums||Blurryface Live • Scaled and Icy (Livestream Version)|
|Singles||Holding on to You • Guns for Hands • Lovely • House of Gold • Fake You Out • Car Radio • Fairly Local • Tear in My Heart • Stressed Out • Lane Boy • Ride • Heathens • Heavydirtysoul • Cancer • Jumpsuit • Nico and the Niners • Levitate • My Blood • Chlorine • The Hype • Level of Concern • Christmas Saves the Year • Shy Away • Choker • Saturday|
|Tours||Mostly November Tour • Blurryface World Tour • Emotional Roadshow World Tour • Tour De Columbus • The Bandito Tour • Takeover Tour • The Icy Tour|