Who needs a car radio when you can go to a live show? Audience members definitely didn’t sit in silence while Twenty One Pilots killed it last night at their SOLD OUT show at the Cat’s Cradle in Carrboro, NC last night. By the time the first opener Hunter Hunted hit the stage the venue was already fairly packed and the crowd only became more cramped as the night led closer to the two-piece headliner, continuing to fuel the energy of the night.
Hunter Hunted, an indie pop band based out of Los Angeles, California was the first to grace the stage at the 750-capacity venue. The band mentioned that they were currently in the process of writing/recording their very first album so this tour is a perfect way for them to get their name out there and gain some new fans just in time for a release, which I’m very sure they did by the end of their set. The audience was very warm and welcoming, singing along to songs “End of the World” and “Keep Together” and the band showed their gratitude by having a great stage presence and having constant audience interaction. Definitely be sure to check this band out if you haven’t before!
After a short set change, Swedish trio NONONO made their way onto the stage. The name might not sound too familiar but you probably actually know them from their song “Pumpin’ Blood” which they made sure to stick into their setlist. Like Hunter Hunted, the band performed songs from their current EP, including the above mentioned and “Hungry Eyes.” Frontwoman Stina Wappling shared her gratitude of being on this tour with the audience throughout the set and made sure to keep the energy of the audience high, which definitely didn’t seem to be a problem. Their set was short and sweet, but a success as can be measured by the loudness of the cheering and clapping from the audience.
As the stage crew started to clear off the stage to get ready for Twenty One Pilots the anticipation of the audience was at an all-time high. The venue was completely packed at this point and people were standing shoulder to shoulder, trying to make their way closer to the stage. The lights dimmed on the stage and the cheering was deafening and only grew louder as Josh Dun and Tyler Joseph, dressed in suits and masks, made their way out from behind the curtain, opening with “Ode to Sleep.” This band is unique in the sense that they don’t use typical instruments; they don’t use guitars or basses, but instead use drums, ukuleles, keytars, and synthesizers. Not only are they unique with the instrumental aspect, but also in their stage performance. They are literally one of the most crowd-interactive bands that I have seen. Not only did they speak to the audience throughout their set, but literally used the crowd as a support system for a number of their songs. For example, to start “Holding On To You,” Joseph called the audience forward and stood on their hands while singing the first verse. If you don’t think that’s impressive enough, the band had a drum kit set up on a platform that they pushed out into the crowd for them to hold it up while Dun drummed to “Semi-Automatic.” They also didn’t fail to jump off and do flips off the piano onto the stage; they didn’t hold their energy back at all. Their majority of their setlist consisted of songs off of their album Vessel, including the ones already listed and “Screen,” “House of Gold,” “Fake You Out,” and “Guns For Hands.” They closed out their set with an encore of “Car Radio” and “Trees” and of course would not be complete without another drum jam session on top of and supported by the audience.
Twenty One Pilots have definitely made a name for themselves in the last couple of years and are only gaining more and more momentum. If you live in the area and didn’t go to the show last night, you definitely missed out. For those of you whose cities they are still planning on hitting up on the tour, be sure to get your tickets now before they sell out! If it doesn’t work out for you for this tour, put them on your bucket list. Just go to one of their shows and I’m almost certain you’ll become a fan!