twenty one pilots Share Alternate Version Of New Single Level Of Concern
The new rendition – which features the band’s friends and collaborators Paul Meany (Mutemath), Jesse Blum (MisterWives), and Simon Jefferis – developed once Tyler Joseph and Josh Dun began working on the Jimmy Fallon performance, with the addition of horns and a change in certain lyrics (‘In a world that’s seen better days,’ sings Tyler towards the end, ‘With my friends, Simon, Paul, Jesse, Josh and [Chlorine video star] Ned / Out here making lemonade… via email!’).
Last month, Tyler revealed that the inspiration behind Level Of Concern actually came from his mum, who said that she was craving something more upbeat to provide a distraction from everything going on in the world.
“…My mom made a comment to me in passing as all the news was breaking about the virus, and she just said, ‘Man, I could really use an upbeat song to distract me from all this,’” he said. “And I guess that speaks to the danceability of the track.”
Tyler added that the lyrics came from the early days of his relationship with his wife Jenna, explaining: “When I first met my wife, I was ready to date her; I was ready to dive right in and she was a little more hesitant. And not to compare a pandemic with the uncertainties of a relationship, but in that moment, for someone who maybe isn’t getting, you know, their feelings reciprocated, in their world it does kind of feel like… starting to bubble over and become a little anxious. So I wanted to kind of pair those two stories and move them down the lane at the same time.”
Stream Level Of Concern (live from outside) below:
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