twenty one pilots’ Tyler Joseph confirms end of Scaled And Icy era

Tyler Joseph reflects on the ‘conclusion’ of twenty one pilots’ Scaled And Icy era: “This past album cycle meant so much to me.”

twenty one pilots’ Tyler Joseph confirms end of Scaled And Icy era
Emily Carter
Ashley Osborn

twenty one pilots frontman Tyler Joseph has announced that the Scaled And Icy era is officially over.

The band – completed by drummer Josh Dun – released their sixth record in May 2021, but rather than continuing to tour it into 2023, it looks like they’ll soon be moving on to the next thing. In fact, before Scaled And Icy even came out Tyler told Kerrang! that he was writing new music… so maybe we’ll hear some of that sooner rather than later?

“Usually when we’re done working on a record I feel completely burnt out; I’ve put everything into it that I have, and I’m done with writing, done with music, for however long,” he explained. “And on this one, for some reason – maybe it’s because I know that we’re not going to go out and play shows – after finishing it, I didn’t feel that same burnt-out feeling. And I’ve actually continued to create, even after. I’m still writing and excited about music. I don’t know if that’s a good thing or a bad thing… hopefully it’s just a good thing!”

In a new statement on Instagram reflecting on this whole latest chapter, the singer posted:

“scaled and icy was created and born in a time of uncertainty. live shows were always an important part of our dna as a band. we probably wouldn’t even exist with out them. we always wrote songs for the show, never the other way around. but i always wondered what it would be like to write a record that never existed in a concert setting. then we had no choice but to write that kind of record. so that’s what we tried. as the songs took shape, and we released them, and sat at home, we felt proud. proud of our fans, mostly. it felt good to release music. but something was off. i wondered, what would happen to these songs if we let them echo through a venue? and then, slowly, live music began to dust itself off.

“71 shows and 14 countries later, scaled and icy became something different. the lyrics meant something different, something more, the colors found their purpose, the chords rubbed together differently. the record came to life. it was confirmed: this band and these specific songs needed live music.

“i want to thank our crew, who took us around the world during one of the toughest eras of touring ever. this past album cycle has meant so much to me. and you, you resilient bunch of my favorite people, you brought this to life and continue to support it. you have given me purpose, humility, and pride. you guys have given me so much. thank you.

“and that concludes ψ”

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