I feel like this is going to be a test of my twenty|one|pilots knowledge but here we go :)
twenty|one|pilots is a band from Columbus Ohio and consists of Josh Dun (drums) and Tyler Joseph (vocals,piano/keyboard,ukulele,etc.). Tyler started the band in college with friends Chris Salih (drums at the time) and Nick Tomas (bassist). Both Chris and Nick had to leave for personal reasons. Tyler and Josh met through a mutual friend but they like to lie and tell a new story about how they met each time they are asked. They have 3 albums, the self titled, Regional at Best, and Vessel (their most successful and first professionally recorded in a studio). The were signed to the Fueled by Ramen record label after selling out The LC in Columbus and grabbing the music industries attention.
The band briefly explains the meaning of the ski masks in the intro to the Guns For Hands music video. Tyler tells josh “You can take it off when you are ready” implying that they are there for comfort. Singing about such vulnerable parts of you mind can be very scary after all. There are other theories that they represent the metaphorical masks that we all wear, that they are just cool and add some mystery to the band that intrigues you to watch their performance. It’s probably a combination of all of these things.
”|-/” means twenty|one|pilots. That’s it. You can read what Tyler has said about it here. It goes along with thier song “Kitchen Sink” off of Regional at Best, which encourages those struggling with purpose to create something only they know the meaning of. So on those tough nights you can justify your staying alive as “I’m the only one who knows what this means, so I might as well stay alive because of that”.
Welcome to the skeleton clique my friend! I hope you enjoy the boy’s music and make lots of friends! Stay alive and Stay Street |-/