Twenty One Pilots touch down on campus

Christopher Lopez

Hip-hop, synth-pop and big beats are one way to describe Twenty One Pilots.

The alternative rock duo of lead vocalist, pianist and ukulele player Tyler Joseph and drummer Josh Dun performed at Sacramento State’s University Union Ballroom Tuesday night, donning their trademark skeleton hoodies for their first-ever performance in California.

Everything about the performance was alternative, from the in-crowd drum finale to the odd-ball mashups of pop hits like Jason Mraz’s “I’m Yours,” and DJ Khaled’s “All I Do is Win.”

The band had rough song transitions throughout their performance, which was not necessarily a bad thing. During these transitions, Joseph spent some time interacting with the crowd, cracking jokes and life lessons. It gave the audience a sense of their personality and a personal connection to their fans – two things many modern bands lack.

The opener New Politics is another band with a penchant for mashing together indie rock and rap. Lead singer David Boyd, guitarist Søren Hansen and drummer Louis Vecchio performed songs reminiscent of the ’90s alternative rock movement.

Boyd backflipped off the front guardrail and breakdanced in the middle of the crowd before hopping on stage to perform.

The two bands are currently on tour together.