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Migraine by Twenty One Pilots

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Anika Le

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Transcript of Migraine by Twenty One Pilots

Twenty One Pilots
Twenty One Pilots was formed in 2009 in Columbus, Ohio.
In 2011, when old members Nick Thomas and Chris Salih left the band, Josh Dun (lead drummer) joined Tyler Joseph (lead singer) to become the duo they are today.
In the alternative music genre, Twenty One Pilots's albums expand to other subgenres such as hip hop, electropop, indie pop, indie rock, etc.
Their recording label, Fueled by Ramen, also represents some of the biggest names in alternative music today, such as Panic! at the Disco, Paramore, and Fun.
In 2015, their latest album,
, reached the top 200 Billboard.
Joseph acquired the name of the band while studying "All My Sons", a play by Arthur Miller, about a business man who sold faulty parts to twenty one pilots in World War II that killed them and later with a guilty conscience, committed suicide.
"Migraine" Twenty One Pilots Video
Literary Device #1
Even when inner demons push people down, they should get back up and continue living life because they have "made it this far" (T0P 25). Twenty One Pilots conveys this theme when Tyler Joseph reveals his own personal experience and how sometimes "death seems better than" his depression and negative thoughts (12). He then realizes that he was able to "make it this far" so he might as well continue to live life (25).

Why we like this song:
We chose this song because it gives powerful insight on what it's like to be struggling with a mental disorder and gives a positive message to those who are dealing with these kinds of problems.
Anika Le & Jasmine Vu
Mrs. Harshman Period 5
19 January 2016


Tyler Joseph (lead singer of Twenty One Pilots) uses assonance to convey how his migraine is affecting his judgement while also maintaining a catchy rhythm to sing along to. His experiences with bad weather and suicide letters leads him to believe that "death seems better than the migraine in [his] head" (T0P 12). This reveals the results of Joseph's inner demons wreaking havoc on his mind and how that can give someone the mindset that suicide is the answer to numbing the pain.
Literary Device #3
Literary Device #2

Tyler Joseph uses personification to embody the pain he suffers through because of his "migraine" which can also symbolize the inner demons holding him down. In his mind, they start to take shape as"shadows" and "scream that [he's] alone"(T0P 23). This represents the agony and isolation he feels from these developing fears, but at the same time, he wears a sense of pride for having "made it this far" (T0P 24).

Twenty One Pilots uses paradox when they say that "to stay alive" people must "kill... [their] mind" because in order to keep going in life, sometimes people must stop thinking to get rid of the depressing thoughts they may have (42).
Works Cited
Thomas, Fred. "Twenty One Pilots." All Music. 2016 AllMusic. Web. 14 Jan. 2016.

"Twenty One Pilots Biography." IMDb. Web. 16 Jan. 2016.

Twenty One Pilots. “Migraine.” Vessels. Fueled By Ramen, 8 January 2013. MP3.

"Twenty One Pilots Song Lyrics | MetroLyrics." Song Lyrics | MetroLyrics. Warner/Chappell Music. Web. 13 Jan. 2016.

"Migraine" by Twenty One Pilots
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