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Studio album by
ReleasedJanuary 8, 2013
RecordedApril - June 2012
StudioRocket Carousel Studio, Los Angeles, California
  • Emo hip-hop,
  • alt-pop,
  • indie-pop
  • electro-pop,
  • reggi,
  • emo,
  • soft-rock

65:28 (UK/EU bonus tracks)

96:18 (UK iTunes bonus tracks)

79:05 (Korean and Japanese editions)

66:30 (Japanese special edition)

LabelFueled by Ramen
ProducerGreg Wells
StreamSpotify iTunes
Twenty One Pilots chronology
Regional at Best
Singles from Twenty One Pilots
  1. "Holding On to You"
    Released: September 11, 2012
  2. "Guns for Hands"
    Released: November 27, 2012
  3. "House of Gold"
    Released: August 6, 2013
  4. "Fake You Out"
    Released: September 15, 2013
  5. "Car Radio"
    Released: March 18, 2014

Vessel — is Twenty One Pilots' third studio album, as well as their first album under record label, Fueled by Ramen. It was released on January 8, 2013.

Vessel debuted at number 58 on the Billboard 200 chart, but reached number 21 in 2016. As of July 2019, the album has sold over two million equivalent album units in the U.S.[1] All of its tracks have been certified at least Gold by the RIAA, which made Twenty One Pilots the first group or artist to achieve this feat with two separate albums[2].


Prehistory (2011 - 2012)

Having been acquainted since high school, Tyler Joseph, Nick Thomas and Chris Salih formed the band "Twenty One Pilots" in 2009. The band released their debut album, Twenty One Pilots the same year. Both Salih and Thomas left the band on good terms in mid 2011. Not long after, new found drummer Josh Dun joined the band. At the time, Dun was working at guitar center with Salih. Salih brought in a CD with three Twenty One Pilots songs for Dun to listen to. Dun stated that he loved the songs and wanted to see Twenty One Pilots live, soon attending a show at the Newport Music Hall. Dun approached Joseph after the show, they kept in touch and Dun officially joined not long after[3]. Twenty One Pilots, now consisting of Tyler Joseph and Josh Dun, released Regional at Best in 2011. June of that year the pair played their first out of state show, though it was shut down by the police after one song due to a noise complaint[4]. By this time, they had developed a presence in the music industry. The last show they played without a record label was at the Newport Music Hall in Columbus, Ohio to a crowd of 1,800. The band was officially signed by Fueled by Ramen in 2012 [5]. July of that same year, together they released the Three Songs EP, which features the tracks "Guns for Hands", "Migraine", and "Ode to Sleep"[6]. All of these are featured on their next album, Vessel.

2014 - present

Vessel was made available to listen on December 18, 2012 through Entertainment Weekly. Vessel was soon officially released through their new label, Fueled by Ramen on January 8, 2013[7]. Starting in September of 2014, Twenty One Pilots toured multiple countries in promotion of the album. On Jan 8 2023, Twenty One Pilots hosted the Vessel 10th Anniversary Variety Stream. This stream was hosted on the 10 year anniversary of Vessel, also being used as charity stream for the Make a Wish Foundation. The livestream lasted about 3 hours, during which they performed all Vessel songs, rewatched old videos, told stories about the album and more. They had a goal of raising $10,000, but they were able to raise over $43,395 for the Make a Wish Foundation. [8] They have since put multiple items on sale to promote the album.



Standard edition
1."Ode To Sleep"5:08
2."Holding On To You"4:23
4."House Of Gold"2:43
5."Car Radio"4:27
8."The Run And Go"3:49
9."Fake You Out"3:51
10."Guns For Hands"4:32
Total length:47:44
UK/EU bonus tracks
13."Glowing Eyes"4:26
14."Kitchen Sink"5:34
Total length:65:28
UK iTunes bonus tracks
17."The Pantaloon" (live from the LC Pavilion)3:41
18."House of Gold" (live from the LC Pavilion)3:00
19."Track by Track Commentary"24:09
Total length:96:18
Korean and Japanese editions bonus tracks
13."Holding On To You" (live at LC Pavilion)5:35
14."Car Radio" (live at LC Pavilion)4:30
15."Trees" (live at LC Pavilion)6:10
16."Guns For Hands" (live at LC Pavilion)6:00
17."Ode To Sleep" (live at Newport Music Hall)5:14
18."Forest" (live at Newport Music Hall)4:32
Total length:79:05
Japanese special edition bonus tracks
13."Lovely" (re-recorded version; originally on Regional at Best)4:18
14."Holding On to You" (live at Newport Music Hall)5:19
15."Car Radio" (live at Newport Music Hall)4:46
16."Guns for Hands" (Dzeko and Torres remix)5:03
Total length:66:30


Because of the new signage with Fueled by Ramen, many more options for promoting the album were made available. Things such as vinyls, posters and merchandise were released to buy in promotion of Vessel. They also did several tours in support of the album, mainly the Quiet is Violent World Tour.


The first tour after being signed by Fueled by Ramen was the Mostly November Tour, starting October of 2012 and ending that same year [9]. 2014 saw the end of the group of concerts know as 'Trip for Concerts'[10] that had started in late 2011[11]. The first tour that started after the release of Vessel was the Quiet is Violent World Tour in September of 2014, ending later that year[12]. The Quiet is Violent World Tour was mainly to promote the new release of Vessel.