Regional at Best

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Regional at Best
📅 ReleasedJuly 8, 2011
🎙️ Recorded2010–11
⏳ Length63:09
🏷️ LabelSelf-released
🤑 ProducerTyler Joseph
Twenty One Pilots chronology
Twenty One Pilots
(2009)
Regional at Best
(2011)
Vessel
(2013)

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Regional at Best is the second studio album by American musical duo Twenty One Pilots released independently on July 8, 2011[1] and was the last record released before the band signed with Fueled by Ramen.[2] It was the first album that featured Josh Dun, who joined in 2011 after the departure of bassist Nick Thomas[3] and drummer Chris Salih.[4] The album features songs that were later remastered and re-released on Vessel. As part of the band's contract with Fueled by Ramen, Regional at Best was discontinued on the release of Vessel.

Discontinuation[edit]

After the band signed with Fueled by Ramen in 2012, the rights for Regional at Best were transferred to the label and as part of the band's contract with them, the album was discontinued on the release of Vessel. The record is no longer available physically but is available on several streaming services.[5] Due to the discontinuation of physical releases, people have begun selling bootleg CD and Vinyl copies of the album.

Background[edit]

The album features Joseph's brother Zack on the track "Kitchen Sink" and Joseph's college acquaintance Jocef on the track "Be Concerned".[6][7] Shortly after the album's release, the group started to expand their following through online videos posted by their friend Mark Eshelman, which was able to capture the attention of many record labels.[8] Eventually, the group signed a deal with Fueled by Ramen.[9] Five songs on the album—"Guns for Hands", "Holding on to You", "Ode to Sleep", "Car Radio" and "House of Gold"—would later be re-recorded and used on the group's following album, Vessel. Right after they were signed to Fueled by Ramen, production and releases for the Regional at Best were stopped altogether, which is why findings are now rare.[10]

Critical reception[edit]

Music website Shameless SF described the album's songs as "well refined" and said that the music was able to maintain its "own identity".[11][unreliable source?]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Tyler Joseph, except for "Holding on to You", written by Tyler Joseph, Maurice Gleaton, Charles Hammond, Robert Hill, Deangelo Hunt, Bernard Leverette, Gerald Tiller and Jamall Willingham.

No.TitleLength
1."Guns for Hands"4:37
2."Holding on to You"4:26
3."Ode to Sleep"5:14
4."Slowtown"4:57
5."Car Radio"4:49
6."Forest"4:11
7."Glowing Eyes"4:26
8."Kitchen Sink"5:34
9."Anathema"3:59
10."Lovely"4:20
11."Ruby"4:30
12."Trees"4:30
13."Be Concerned"4:08
14."Clear"3:38

Personnel[edit]

  • Tyler Joseph – vocals, piano, keyboards, ukelele, synthesizers, bass, guitar, percussion
  • Josh Dun – drums, percussion, backing vocals

References[edit]

  1. "Official Twitter of the band announcing the release of the album". Twitter. July 8, 2011. Retrieved January 17, 2019.
  2. "Twenty One Pilots sign to Fueled By Ramen Records". Columbus Alive. April 29, 2012. Retrieved December 31, 2018.
  3. Thomas, Nick (June 3, 2011). "Nick Thomas' Farewell". Facebook. Retrieved December 31, 2018.
  4. Salih, Chris (May 9, 2011). "Member Change: Chris' Farewell". Facebook. Retrieved December 31, 2018.
  5. "Twenty One Pilots- Regional at Best". Spotify. Retrieved December 31, 2018.
  6. "Review: Twenty One Pilots in finest form at hometown show". Retrieved February 11, 2018.
  7. "21 Old Songs That Only True Twenty One Pilots Fans Will Know". Retrieved February 11, 2018.
  8. "Twenty One Pilots Biography by Fred Thomas". Retrieved December 31, 2018.
  9. "Twenty One Pilots Biography by Fred Thomas". Retrieved December 31, 2018.
  10. "Review: "Regional at Best" Album". Retrieved January 1, 2018.
  11. "Twenty One Pilots - Discography Explored". Retrieved December 31, 2018.


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