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 as The World Is a Beautiful Place, TWIABP
Origin Willimantic, Connecticut, United States
Genres
Years active 2009 (2009)–present
Labels Epitaph, Topshelf, Black Lake, Skeletal Lightning
Associated acts Deer Leap, My Heart To Joy, End of a Year, Snow Roller, Spirit Night
Members Josh Cyr
Tyler Bussey
Steven Buttery
Chris Teti
David Bello
Katie Dvorak
Dylan Balliett
Past members Devin Spector
Nicole Shanholtzer
Thomas Diaz
Greg Horbal
Bryan Casey
Julia Peters
Nick Kwas

The World Is a Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid to Die (sometimes shortened to The World Is a Beautiful Place 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. Aside from these two 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]

Members[edit]

Current
  • Josh Cyr – bass, keyboards, vocals (2009–present)
  • Tyler Bussey – guitar, vocals (2009–2010, 2015–present)
  • Steven Buttery – drums (2011–present)
  • Chris Teti – guitar, trumpet (2011–present)
  • David Bello – vocals (2012–present)
  • Katie Dvorak – keyboards, vocals (2012–present)
  • Dylan Balliett – guitar, vocals (2015–present)
Former
  • Nicole Shanholtzer – drums (2009–2010), guitar, vocals (2010–2016)
  • Thomas Diaz – keyboards, guitar, vocals (2009–2012)
  • Devin Spector – guitar (2010–2010)
  • Brian Casey – drums (2010–2011)
  • Greg Horbal – guitar, keyboards, vocals (2010–2015)
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)
  • 4′33″ (2013, Broken World Media)[12]
  • 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, Topshelf)
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

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. ^ 4′33″, Broken World