Can anything stop this band releasing kick-ass tunes? Despite having just had his first child and the world being in the middle of an unprecedented pandemic, Tyler Joseph and bandmate Josh Dun have released a brand new track; aptly named “Level of Concern”. At the time of writing, the YouTube video for said track has amassed just under 500,000 views in 90 minutes. Wow.
Whilst the track itself is not too heavy a departure from the sounds present on most recent release “Trench”, the video does feature Tyler playing an Electric Guitar – something he hasn’t done in live shows before. Sonically, the track is probably most similar to “My Blood”, building on the upbeat funky pop sound of the aforementioned hugely successful single. There are clearly some funk influences present – and I can’t help but hear a little bit of Two Door Cinema Club’s most recent efforts in this track.
The funky guitar part plays a huge role on the track – as does the slap-bass style and impartial synth sounds reminiscent of disco bands from years gone by. The lyrics “Tell me we’re alright, tell me we’re okay, yeah. Tell me we’re alright, tell me we’re okay” are without doubt sentiment on all of our minds – and the upbeat nature of this track certainly put a smile on all of our faces at Gig Guide.
The video is equally upbeat, seeing band members Joseph and Dun posting USB sticks to each other, and subsequently recording their parts. The final chorus shows Joseph and his wife (as well as Dun with his fiancé Debby Ryan) dancing in their studios to their latest hit. The latter have starlit Dun’s drumming space, while Joseph’s music studio is full of a variety of disco lights. The final scene shows the two band members standing at their respective post boxes, perhaps only 100 yards away from each other.
The track itself has been produced to raise money for Industry crew members – who are of course currently out of work due to current circumstances. The band wrote: “Proceeds from the TOP Crew Nation hoodie will go to Crew Nation – Global Relief Fund For Live Music Crews. Crew members are the backbone of the live music industry, and we hope you’ll join us in supporting them through this temporary intermission until we can once again unite millions around through the power of live music”.
“Level of Concern” is available to stream on Spotify and view on Youtube.