The World Is a Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid to Die

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The World Is a Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid to Die
Music - The World Is a Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid To Die - Le Poisson Rouge (20825095081).jpg
The World Is a Beautiful Place performing at (Le) Poisson Rouge in New York City in 2015
Background information
Also known asThe World Is a Beautiful Place, TWIABP
OriginWillimantic, Connecticut, United States
Genres
Years active2009 (2009)–present
LabelsEpitaph, Topshelf, Black Lake, Skeletal Lightning
Associated actsDeer Leap, My Heart To Joy, End of a Year, Snow Roller, Spirit Night
MembersJosh Cyr
Steven Buttery
Chris Teti
David Bello
Katie Dvorak
Past members
Nicole Shanholtzer
Thomas Diaz †
Greg Horbal
Dylan Balliett
Bryan Casey
Devin Spector
Tyler Bussey
† = death

The World Is a Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid to Die (sometimes shortened to The World Is a Beautiful Place, The World Is, or just TWIABP) is an American indie rock band formed in Willimantic, Connecticut,[1] in 2009.[7] They released their debut full-length album Whenever, If Ever in 2013 to generally positive reviews,[8][9] followed by Harmlessness in 2015 and Always Foreign in 2017. Aside from these three studio albums they have released a number of EPs and splits, including a collaboration with spoken word artist Christopher Zizzamia entitled Between Bodies and released in late 2014.[10] According to their Facebook page, their "lineup is constantly expanding and contracting. Recording and live performance lineups vary."[11]

Founding member Tom Diaz (born Thomas M. Diaz on September 2, 1986) died unexpectedly on November 1, 2018 at the age of 32.[12][13] On November 3, 2018, the band confirmed his death on their social media accounts.[14]

Members[edit]

Current

  • Josh Cyr – bass, keyboards, vocals (2009–present)
  • Steven Buttery – drums (2011–present)
  • Chris Teti – guitar, trumpet (2011–present)
  • David Bello – vocals (2012–present)
  • Katie Dvorak – keyboards, vocals (2012–present)

Former

  • Tyler Bussey – guitar, vocals (2009–2010, 2015–2018)
  • Nicole Shanholtzer – drums (2009–2010), guitar, vocals (2010–2016)
  • Thomas Diaz – keyboards, guitar, vocals (2009–2012; died 2018)
  • Greg Horbal – guitar, keyboards, vocals (2010–2015)
  • Dylan Balliett – guitar, vocals (2015-2017)
  • Devin Spector – guitar (2010–2010)
  • Brian Casey – drums (2010–2011)

Studio musicians

  • Patrick Malone – trumpet (2012–2015)
  • Nick Kwas – violin, vocals (2015)
  • Julia Peters – cello (2012–2014)
  • Chris Zizzamia – spoken word (2014)

Timeline[edit]

Discography[edit]

Albums

Extended plays

  • Formlessness (2010, Topshelf)
  • Josh Is Dead (2010, Topshelf)
  • Between Bodies (2014, Broken World Media / Black Lake in the UK)
  • The Distance (2014, Broken World Media)
  • Death to New Years (2015, Topshelf)
  • Long Live Happy Birthday (2016, Topshelf)
  • Formlessness 2016 (2016, Topshelf)

Splits

  • Are Here to Help You (Split LP with Deer Leap) (2011, Topshelf)
  • Tigers Jaw/The World Is a Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid to Die/Code Orange Kids/Self Defense Family 4-Way Split 7″ (2013, Topshelf)
  • Sundae Bloody Sundae (split with Kittyhawk, Rozwell Kid, Two Knights) (2014, Skeletal Lightning)
  • Fourteen Minute Mile (split with Rozwell Kid) (2015, Broken World Media)
  • Sorority Noise/The World Is a Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid to Die (2016, Triple Crown)

Live albums

  • Audiotree Live 3.1.2014 (2014, Audiotree Live)
  • Live On KEXP (2016, KEXP)

Demos

  • Demo 2010 (2010, Broken World Media)

Singles

  • "Gig Life" (2012, Broken World Media)
  • "Mental Health" (2015, Broken World Media)
  • "Body Without Organs" (2016)

Appearances on compilation albums

  • Mixed Signals Comp (2011, Run for Cover)

Music videos[edit]

Year Song Director
2013 "Picture of a Tree That Doesn't Look Okay" Geoffrey Hoskinson
2013 "Low Light Assembly" Alex Henery
2014 "Shoppers Beef"/"$100 Tip" Geoffrey Hoskinson
2015 "January 10th, 2014" Christopher Good
2017 "Marine Tigers" Ryan Sheehy

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b DeVille, Chris. "12 Bands To Know From The Emo Revival". Stereogum. Retrieved November 28, 2013.
  2. ^ Gormelly, Ian. "Handicapping the Emo Revival: Who's Most Likely to Pierce the Stigma?". Chart Attack. Retrieved November 28, 2013.
  3. ^ Cohen, Ian. "Your New Favorite Emo Bands: The Best of Topshelf Records' 2013 Sampler". Pitchfork. Retrieved November 28, 2013.
  4. ^ a b Berman, Taylor (November 29, 2016). "New Music: The World Is a Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid to Die – "Body Without Organs"". Spin. Retrieved May 11, 2017.
  5. ^ Cohen, Ian (September 29, 2015). "The Emo Revival Ends Here: The World Is a Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid to Die Made a Perfect Indie Rock Record". Noisey. Retrieved May 11, 2017.
  6. ^ Ross, Alex Robert (November 30, 2016). "The World Is a Beautiful Place… Release "Body Without Organs" to Benefit ACLU". Noisey. Retrieved May 11, 2017.
  7. ^ "Topshelf Records – The World Is A Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid To Die". Topshelf Records. Retrieved 2013-10-06.
  8. ^ "Pitchfork – Whenever, If Ever Review". Retrieved 2013-10-07.
  9. ^ "PopMatters – Whenever, If Ever Review". Retrieved 2013-10-07.
  10. ^ "twiabp". Tumblr.com. 2013-09-25. Retrieved 2013-10-06.
  11. ^ "The World is a Beautiful Place & I am No Longer Afraid to Die – About". Facebook.com. Retrieved 2015-05-22.
  12. ^ "Tom Diaz, Singer For The World Is a Beautiful Place, Dies at 32". Billboard.com. November 5, 2018. Retrieved November 10, 2018.
  13. ^ "Thomas M. Diaz Obituary". Retrieved November 10, 2018.
  14. ^ "Tom Diaz, original TWIABP vocalist, RIP". BrooklynVegan. November 3, 2018. Retrieved November 4, 2018.