The World Is a Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid to Die are an atmospheric emo / indie rock band from Willimantic, CT. The band was formed in 2009 and has undergone several lineup changes since its inception. TWIABP’s now 8 piece lineup writes the songs collaboratively and often on-the-spot with vocal duties shared by 5 members. The band’s sound is easily compared to second wave post-emo indie rock bands of the late 90s and early 2000s and their atmospheric moments are often tagged as “post-rock.” The band creates their dense textured sound with multi-layered and heavily effected guitars as well as synthesizer, strings, and trumpet.
Josh Cyr (bass)
Tyler Bussey (guitar, vocals)
Steven Buttery (drums)
Chris Teti (guitar, trumpet)
David Bello (vocals)
Katie Dvorak (keyboards, vocals)
Dylan Balliett (guitar, vocals)
"[A] rare debut that’s powered by an almost frightening will to live ... big room stuff."
"[T]he genre’s gold standard."
"The large ensemble returns to drive this mantra into cinematic post-hardcore oblivion, throttling it all the way into righteous anger."
- NPR (on Long Live Happy Birthday)
"The band introduces a latent capacity for scorched-earth black metal, juddering with double-kick drums and speed-picked riffing before a razor-sharp string crescendo."