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
Also known as The World Is a Beautiful Place, TWIABP
Origin Willimantic, Connecticut, United States
Genres Emo,[1][2][3] indie rock, post-rock
Years active 2009 (2009)–present
Labels Epitaph, Broken World Media, Topshelf, Black Lake, Skeletal Lightning
Associated acts Deer Leap, My Heart To Joy, End of a Year, Snow Roller, One Hundred Year Ocean, Guest House, Spirit Night
Members Josh Cyr
Tyler Bussey
Steven Buttery
Chris Teti
David Bello
Katie Dvorak
Dylan Balliett
Past members Derrick Shanholtzer
Devin Spector
Thomas Diaz
Greg Horbal
Bryan Casey
Julia Peters
Nick Kwaś

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 emo band formed originally in Willimantic, Connecticut.[1] The band was formed in 2009.[4] They released their first full-length album Whenever, If Ever to positive reviews from music critics,[5][6] and a collaborative EP with spoken word poet Christopher Zizzamia, entitled Between Bodies, that was released in late 2014.[7] The band released their second full-length album Harmlessness on September 25, 2015. According to their Facebook page, their "lineup is constantly expanding and contracting. Recording and live performance lineups vary."[8]


  • 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)
  • Thomas Diaz – keyboards, guitar, vocals (2009–2012)
  • Devin Spector – guitar (2010–2010)
  • Brian Casey – drums (2010–2011)
  • Greg Horbal – guitar, keyboards, vocals (2011–2015)
  • Julia Peters – cello (2012–2014)
  • Chris Zizzamia – spoken vocals (2014)



Extended plays
  • Formlessness (2010, Topshelf)
  • Josh Is Dead (2010, Topshelf)
  • 4′33″ (2013, Broken World Media)[9]
  • 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)
  • 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/Broken World Media)
  • Live On KEXP (2014, KEXP/Broken World Media)
  • Demo 2010 (2010, Broken World Media)
  • "Gig Life" (2012, Broken World Media)
  • "Mental Health" (2015, Broken World Media)
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


  1. ^ a b DeVille, Chris. "12 Bands To Know From The Emo Revival". Stereogum. Retrieved 28 November 2013. 
  2. ^ Gormelly, Ian. "Handicapping the Emo Revival: Who's Most Likely to Pierce the Stigma?". Chart Attack. Retrieved 28 November 2013. 
  3. ^ Cohen, Ian. "Your New Favorite Emo Bands: The Best of Topshelf Records' 2013 Sampler". Pitchfork. Retrieved 28 November 2013. 
  4. ^ "Topshelf Records – The World Is A Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid To Die". Topshelf Records. Retrieved 2013-10-06. 
  5. ^ "Pitchfork – Whenever, If Ever Review". Retrieved 2013-10-07. 
  6. ^ "PopMatters – Whenever, If Ever Review". Retrieved 2013-10-07. 
  7. ^ "twiabp". 2013-09-25. Retrieved 2013-10-06. 
  8. ^ "The World is a Beautiful Place & I am No Longer Afraid to Die – About". Retrieved 2015-05-22. 
  9. ^ 4′33″, Broken World