twenty one pilots Covered ‘Mad World,’ And We’re Not Mad At All

Watch twenty one pilots get fuzzy on “Mad World.”

To celebrate their performance at the 2014 MTV Movie Awards this Sunday (along with Rihanna, Eminem, Ellie Goulding, and Zedd!), twenty one pilots have given us a video in which they put their genre-blending skills to use, covering the “Donnie Darko” soundtrack stand-out, “Mad World.”

For their version of the cinematic classic, the MTV Artist to Watch alums keep it low-key, filtering the melancholy song through synth fuzz and digital beats. For a band that’s known for its hip-hop-influenced high energy, the track sounds like a new direction — and if you’re a “Donnie Darko” fan, a cool change-up from Gary Jules’ stirring piano version.

The cover actually comes a little closer to Tears for Fears’ original version of the song from 1982, a mega-jam full of eerie textures, surprisingly danceable beats, and (in the video at least) some creepy window-staring.

The clip for twenty one pilots’ “Mad World” finds the guys too busy prepping the stage for another show to get weird, but, knowing their fondness for masks, a bunny costume could yet be in their future tomorrow night.

+ Watch twenty one pilots cover “Mad World” at, and catch their live performance at the 2014 MTV Movie Awards on Sunday, Apr. 13 at 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. CT!

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