The story behind the name Twenty One Pilots is well known to fans (if you don’t though, it’s in reference to the play All My Sons by Arthur Miller). But that almost wasn’t the name the band went with.
In a brand new interview with the bands’ original drummer Chris Salih, he talks about the names the band considered before Tyler Joseph settled on the name we all know and love.
“We were almost Bicycle Thief, which I think that there’s a band already called Bicycle Thief so that may have been the first thing we didn’t do. We were almost Chill Coat. Actually, the attorney that I use for my business now is Chill Coat Law. It’s funny ‘cos Tyler knew of his name and thought it was cool so we were kinda going back and forth on that.”
While neither of those names sound particularly horrendous, they certainly don’t have the same ring as Twenty One Pilots.
Chris left the band amicably in 2011, just before the release of Regional At Best. His departure from the band was shared on facebook, introducing Josh Dun as the new drummer for the band:
You can (and should) listen to the entire episode of The Twenty One Pilots Podcast below: