Truce is the twelfth song and final song the standard version of the album Vessel. It was recorded in Los Angeles and is produced by Greg Wells. It is unlike most other songs by the band and whilst the sombre tone of the lyrics is a common theme, the piece is ballad like heavily featuring piano and few other instruments. Unlike most songs on the album, Truce did not feature on the self published Regional at Best.
On December 31, 2013, Fueled by Ramen uploaded the music video on their YouTube channel, credited as an 'ode to 2013'.
This song, Truce, is kinda diving into my more mellow side of song writing, which I actually have experience—you know, I’ve been in the mellow side of song writing for a long time and I really enjoy it, it’s just never felt like there was a place for it on this album other than towards the end of the CD, it kind of shows my maturity as a songwriter, you know, when you have as many options as you want, you know, when I sit down at the keyboard, I have any option—I can make the song do this, I can turn it into this, and a lot of times one of the first things that you learn as a songwriter and as a programmer is patience; being able to just dial things back and don’t throw too many things into the pot. Obviously, you could look at the album and be like “yeah you didn’t do a good job of that,” you know, I’m sorry but the song Truce is cool ‘cause it’s just me and the piano. I remember when I was talking to my producer about what we wanted the piano to sound like, he put it best, he said; “You know, I want the piano to sound kind of distant, like it’s behind several layer of curtains or something,” and so we kind of got a sound that [is] kinda a little but eerie and not too in your face, just to kinda give the vocals that—the room to really say what it is that they’re trying to say. And Truce is one of those songs that I just wanted to tell people; “hang in there, you know, there’s someone out there who does know what you’re going through.” I know that there’s a lot of bands that say they want to use music to help people and I know a lot of that might be full of crap. But if someone is encouraged, at all, by the music that I write, then my whole life will be justified, so I mean I would be crazy not to try. So this song is called Truce and it closes out the album appropriately I think.
|Writers and producers||Tyler Joseph and Greg Wells|
|Recorded by||Ian MacGregor at Rocket Carousel Studio Los Angeles, CA|
|Programming||Tyler Joseph and Greg Wells|
|Piano, keys and ukulele||Tyler Joseph|
|Drums and auxiliary percussion||Josh Dun|
|Additional synths and keyboards||Greg Wells|
|Mixed by||Greg Wells at Rocket Carousel Studio Los Angeles, CA|
|Mastered by||Howie Weinberg & Dan Gerbarg at Howie Weinberg Mastering, Los Angeles, CA|
|Twenty One Pilots|
|About||Twenty One Pilots • Tyler Joseph • Josh Dun|
|Albums||Twenty One Pilots (album) • Regional at Best • Vessel • Blurryface|
|EPs||Three Songs (EP) • Migraine (EP) • Holding On To You (EP) • Quiet Is Violent (EP) • The LC LP • Double Sided|
|Singles||Holding On To You • Guns for Hands • House of Gold • Car Radio • Fairly Local • Tear In My Heart • Stressed Out • Lane Boy • Ride • Heathens • Heavydirtysoul|
|Tours||Mostly November Tour • Blurryface World Tour • Emotional Roadshow World Tour|