Video Review: Twenty One Pilots “Ride”

In the forest, various sounds can be heard from the animals.

Under a bright white light, Josh plays the drums, with red makeup below his eyes. Tyler wanders between the trees with his guitar.

Once the first verse starts, it turns into nighttime. Josh seems to be adjusting his hat and on some type of drug. It’s as though he’s going to bolt any minute from the paranoia. At the microphone, Tyler squints a lot.

Josh stops playing the drums and dances in the chair to music, waving his sticks around.

Then, the bright white light returns and both of them shield their eyes from it. Back in the night, Tyler gestures in the space away from the trees. He beats his chest and then folds his arms as though he is in a straitjacket.

Then, it’s the bright light again and Josh closes his eyes and Tyler covers his.

In the night, the camera finds Tyler in a corner somewhere, squinting again. However, again, it’s due to the light. Someone puts sunglasses on them.

On stage, the band plays behind a block of lights. Back in the daylight, Tyler sits on a chair, playing the keyboard and then stares off into the distance.


Rating: 2/5

It’s difficult to watch a band film a video where they are uncomfortable and hating every minute of it. The lighting goes from one extreme to the other, which is clearly bothering them. When it gets to the point where they are not looking at the camera, it’s time for someone to say “hey, maybe this is not working.”

The failure does not rest on the band – they both struggle and push through, which must’ve been awful shoot that left them both with pounding headaches but on the director. It’s a concept that seems cool in theory but when actually put into place, it’s a bad idea. It makes Reel Bear Media look like they don’t care about the people’s health. They mistake their ego for ideas.

Director: Reel Bear Media  Year: 2015


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Pam Avoledo’s love of pop culture began in 1999 with the message boards dedicated to shows on the CW (then WB). She graduated from Oakland University in 2006 with a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism. When she is not debating whether Dawson should’ve ended up with Joey, she looks at cute dog memes on social media.

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