Judah & the Lion Frontman Describes Why They’re a Fitting Opener for Twenty One Pilots

WireImage for KAABOO Del Mar via imageSPACE; Image Group LA/ABCJudah & the Lion is currently on tour and playing the biggest venues of their career while opening for Twenty One Pilots, and frontman Judah Akers feels that his that his band shares a kinship with the "Stressed Out" duo.

"Obviously [Twenty One Pilots] are at a way, way more massive level, but as far as the unorthodoxness of the sound, for whatever reason they kind of marry each other really well," Akers tells Rolling Stone. "I think [their fans] are accepting of people making honest music that's true to them."

The members of Judah & the Lion are certainly familiar with blending different genres of music. Their latest album, Folk Hop N' Roll, which features the single "Take It All Back," contains elements of folk, rock and hip-hop.

"All of us love hip-hop music. We like good, strong beats, but we also like the banjo, and we love the mandolin," says Akers. "We love the uniqueness of that and how no one is really doing that right now. With this last record, and even moving forward with new songs that we're writing now, it seems like that self-discovery is giving us more of an identity as to who we are and we're really, really excited about it."

Judah & the Lion's run with Twenty One Pilots will conclude March 5 in Louisville, Kentucky, after which they'll embark on their own headlining tour beginning March 18 in Charlotte.

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