My Blood (Twenty One Pilots song)

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"My Blood"
Single by Twenty One Pilots
from the album Trench
ReleasedAugust 27, 2018 (2018-08-27)
Format
Genre
Length3:49
LabelFueled by Ramen
Songwriter(s)Tyler Joseph
Producer(s)Tyler Joseph
Twenty One Pilots singles chronology
"Levitate"
(2018)
"My Blood"
(2018)
Music video
"My Blood" on YouTube

"My Blood" is a song written and recorded by the American musical duo Twenty One Pilots. The song was released as the fourth single from their fifth studio album, Trench, on August 27, 2018. The song peaked at No. 81 on the US Billboard Hot 100.

Composition[edit]

"My Blood" is a pop,[1] disco,[2] funk,[3] R&B,[4] and synth-pop[5] song that lasts for a duration of three minutes and forty-nine seconds.[6] According to the sheet music published at Musicnotes.com by Alfred Music, it is written in the time signature of common time, with a moderately fast tempo of 109 beats per minute.[6] The song is composed in the key of A major while Tyler Joseph's vocal range spans two octaves, from the low-note of E♭4 to the high-note of E♭6.[6] "My Blood" is a track with a thick funk underpinning driven by a distorted bass line.[3] Tyler Joseph sings a falsetto during the chorus.[7] The lyrics speak about remaining loyal to a friend, even when everyone else has deserted them.[8]

Release[edit]

A 10-second snippet of the song was played at the end of a commercial for Trench during the 2018 VMAs on August 20.[9] "My Blood" was initially supposed to be released on September 7, 2018,[10] but on August 27, 2018, a Twitter user leaked the full song onto his Twitter account in low quality, after they found that it could be played on their Apple HomePod,[11] and the song was released onto streaming services later that day as the album's fourth single.[12] The audio was uploaded onto YouTube on the same day, which had shown frontman Tyler Joseph in his home studio playing the song's bass line.[13]

Reception[edit]

Stereogum placed the song at number 31 on their "40 Best Pop Songs of 2018" list.[14]

Music video[edit]

On October 5, 2018, the day of the album's release, an official music video for the song was premiered on YouTube.[15] It was directed by Tim Mattia and stars Trent Culkan, James Bud and Maximus Birchmore.[16] The video is not a continuation of the storyline of the three previous music videos for the album.

The video opens with a shot of a young boy (Maximus Birchmore) watching his dying mother. His older brother enters the room and comforts him. As they grow up, their father turns to alcohol and the older brother becomes a father figure for his younger sibling and the two form a strong bond. Years later, they attend a Halloween house concert, dressed as skeletons, with Twenty One Pilots performing. When the brothers return home after the party, a group of jocks, whom the older brother had taunted earlier, appear on their driveway and attack the older brother once he goes outside to confront them. The younger brother quickly picks up a baseball bat, running outside and fending the group off, then brings his injured brother back into the house. His brother disappears as they enter the house. Through a series of flashbacks showing previous scenes from the video without the older brother, it is shown that he did not exist, and was just a creation of the younger brother to help himself cope with the death of his mother and father's alcoholism. The video ends with the younger brother sitting alone on the couch inside his house.[17][18]

The clip was named one of the top ten best alternative music videos of 2018 by iHeartRadio.[19]

Track listing[edit]

US promotional CD
No.TitleLength
1."My Blood" (album version)3:49
2."My Blood" (instrumental)3:49

Commercial performance[edit]

The song debuted at No. 13 on the US Hot Rock Songs the week of September 8, 2018,[20] and peaked at No. 4 on January 8, 2019.[21] It debuted at No. 81 on the Billboard Hot 100 the week of October 20, 2018, before falling out the following week.[22] It also entered the UK Singles Charts at No. 88 on September 7, 2018, before leaving the chart.[23] Upon the album's release, the song re-entered the chart at a new peak of 62.[24]

Personnel[edit]

Charts[edit]

References[edit]

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