Regional at Best is the second studio album by American music duo Twenty One Pilots. It was self-released on July 8, 2011. Regional at Best is a discontinued album. It is the last album released by the band prior to signing a record deal with Fueled by Ramen, and it is the first album to feature the talents of Josh Dun who joined the band in 2011 after the departure of bassist Nick Thomas and drummer Chris Salih.
The album features many tracks that also appear on Vessel, with some of them being re-recorded for the later album. As part of the band's deal with Fueled by Ramen to release Vessel, the album was discontinued, with no physical or digital copies available for sale. Only six tracks on Regional at Best do not feature on any other album and are considered out of print. Some of the album's tracks are available through the music streaming service Pandora. The full album is only available on Deezer.
Although on May 27, some of the tracks were made on the official album on Spotify, but were removed for a day. It happened with an album "Keep Your Sunny Days" that posted the tracks from Regional at Best that ended up on the official Spotify band account. The tracks were now removed on May 28.
|1.||Guns for Hands||Joseph||4:37|
|2.||Holding on to You||Tyler Joseph, Maurice Gleaton, Charles Hammond, Robert Hill, Deangelo Hunt, Bernard Leverette, Gerald Tiller and Jamall Willingham||4:26|
|3.||Ode to Sleep||Joseph||5:14|
This is a version of Regional at Best exclusively for the newsletter subscribers released in 2011.
|15.||House of Gold||Joseph||2:54|
Regional at Best was released on July 08, 2011, digitally and on CD. In addition to this, the band also released a limited promotional 2-CD version through Tinderbox Music, with a view to getting radio play. The first disc was an exact copy of Regional at Best, whereas the second disc was a copy of the self titled album. In March 2015, a user on the website reddit found a copy and shared images of this limited release.
After signing with Fueled by Ramen in 2012, the rights to Regional at Best were transferred to the label. Along with the release of Vessel, Regional at Best was discontinued, no longer available digitally or physically except for on Pandora and Deezer. As such, physical copies are very highly sought after, commanding shockingly high prices, usually from $750 and up.
Five of the tracks from Regional at Best — "Guns for Hands", "Holding on to You", "Ode to Sleep", "Car Radio", and "Trees" — were re-recorded and released on Vessel. In April 2013, prior to the release of Vessel, a re-recorded and altered version of "Lovely" was released as an exclusive promotional single in Japan and featured on the bonus track edition of Vessel. "Glowing Eyes", "Kitchen Sink" and "Forest" were not re-recorded but were released, as they appear on Regional at Best, on the UK bonus edition of Vessel. As such, only five of the tracks from Regional at Best are available to purchase in the US, and six tracks — "Slowtown", "Anathema", "Ruby", "Be Concerned", "Clear", and "Two" — are not available for purchase anywhere.
A seven episode web series accompanied the release of Regional at Best, covering the journey of the album's creation, release and promotion. These videos were uploaded to Twenty One Pilots' YouTube channel over the course of 2011.
|Writers, performers and producers||Tyler Joseph and Josh Dun|
|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|