Twenty One Pilots "Double-Sided" (2016 Record Store Day single)

Twenty One Pilots, the Ohio-based alt-pop/hip-hop duo, released a 7-inch single on Record Store Day 2016 titled Double-Sided. Limited to 7,500 copies, the single contained two previously unreleased live tracks recorded at the Fox Theater in Oakland, CA. The single was part of a series of 7-inch singles labeled "Disquaire Day", to show solidarity with French record stores after the November 2015 terrorist attacks in Paris.

The A-side, titled “A Few Older Ones”, is a live medley of songs from the first three albums: Twenty One Pilots (2009), Regional At Best (2011), and Vessel (2013). The mashed-up songs include “Pantaloon”, “Semi-Automatic”, “Forest”, “Screen”, “Ode To Sleep”, and “Addict With A Pen”. This live medley is built on a piano-and-drums combo, without the electronic instrumentation of the studio versions. The duo does well performing in this fashion, and they skillfully segue between the different song passages to create a coherent-sounding whole. The only problem: the track ends abruptly in mid-performance. The B-side contains a live version of “Doubt”, a song from the 2015 album Blurryface. It’s faithful and well-done, using the same electronic sounds as the studio version. Tyler Joseph mimics the vocal effects of the studio version without sounding bad at all. Even the audience participation, orchestrated by Joseph, sounds pretty good.

Twenty One Pilots “Double-Sided” (Fueled By Ramen single 554232-7) 2016

Track Listing:

a. A Few Older Ones
b. Doubt