The band name also serves as a credo for the duo: In the Arthur Miller play All My Sons, a World War II contractor delivers defective airplane parts because fixing the error will be expensive. As a result, 21 pilots are killed. The story reminds Joseph and Dun that they should avoid shortcuts and act with integrity.
Joseph is the lead singer but also contributes percussion, piano, bass and ukulele. Dun mostly handles the rhythm section, often triggering prerecorded tracks to augment the sound.
Joseph was home schooled for a while, which included training in basketball: his mother made him take 500 shots every day. He was offered a basketball scholarship to Otterbein University, but turned it down to pursue music.
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