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Last month, frontman Tyler Joseph revealed that the inspiration behind Level Of Concern initially came from his mother, who told him 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.”
Watch the new lyric video for Level Of Concern below: