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Twenty One Pilots - Level Of Concern

Need you, tell me
Need you, tell me

[Verse 1]
Panic on the brain, world has gone insane
Things are starting to get heavy, mm
I can't help but think I haven't felt this way
Since I asked you to go steady

Wonderin' would you be my little quarantine?
Or is this the way it ends?

'Cause I told you my level of concern
But you walked by like you never heard
And you could bring down my level of concern
Just need you to tell me we're alright, tell me we're okay

[Verse 2]
Panic on the brain, Michael's gone insane
Julie starts to make me nervous
I don't really care what they would say
I'm asking you to stay
In my bunker underneath the surface

"Level of Concern" is a song written by Tyler Joseph and performed by Twenty One Pilots (Tyler Joseph and Josh Dun) for the fans in light of recent events caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, acknowledging the helplessness many feel during quarantine. According to a Twitter thread by radio station KISS 107.1 Cincinnati about the backstory of the song, Joseph's mother was the initial inspiration for the song. With the pandemic and his experience as a new dad now in lockdown in mind, Joseph decided to write about "the last time he felt this out of control." Choosing to turn the song into a love song about his wife, Jenna Joseph, Joseph "compares this time of little control to that moment when he decided to commit to a life with Jenna & that uneasy feeling of realizing that when you make that kind of a commitment to someone else, you give up a good portion of control." The song was first introduced in a Twitter thread by Joseph on April 5th, 2020, saying that he was "always writing, but this one feels like it should just come out now." More information was revealed quickly afterwards in the thread, including the fact that this is the first song Joseph ever wrote on the electric guitar, and that the song wasn't entirely done yet, but would be released in the coming days. Additionally, Joseph announced that he wanted a portion of the proceeds made by "Level of Concern" to go to Crew Nation, a charity that provides funding for people who work in the live music industry but currently don't have a job. Joseph also expressed his hopes for live music to "get back on its feet" and for the song to help people in some way. The release date of the song was announced in another tweet by Joseph on April 8th, 2020, along with a photo of a black USB wrapped in yellow tape and decorated with the title of the new song in stylized font. This would also be used as the album artwork. It was also revealed in the same tweet that a video would be accompanying the release. The exact time of release was not revealed, but multiple radio stations said the new song was expected to premiere at 9am Pacific Time / 12pm Eastern Time. Both the video and the song premiered on YouTube and other music-listening platforms on April 9th, 2020 at 9am Pacific Time / 12pm Eastern Time. The single does not currently seem to be part of a new album or explicitly related to the Dema storyline, and seems to instead be a standalone single, similar to Twenty One Pilots' "Heathens" release. However, the yellow tape on the USB is a clear callback to Trench (2018) and the red of the band logos in the announcement image is reminiscent of Blurryface (2015). Many surmise that this could be a transition period between two albums/eras, just like "Heathens" was in 2016.

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