Today, The World is a Beautiful Place & I am No Longer Afraid to Die share “Queen Sophie for President,” the second track off their forthcoming fourth studio album, Illusory Walls, out digitally October 8 and on vinyl December 3 via Epitaph Records.
The process for Illusory Wallstook about a year, written and recorded remotely between the bear-filled woods of Connecticut & the streets of quarantined Philadelphia – a first for the band – due to the coronavirus pandemic. The extra time gave the band time to manage the unexpected, such as Katie Dvorak (vocals/synth) sustaining an injury that meant she was unable to sing or talk for a couple of months at the end of 2020. Had they been on a normal recording schedule, she wouldn’t have been able to get her vocals done. Instead, she was able to channel what happened into her songs. Though “Queen Sophie For President” is ostensibly about the tenacity of oppression, whether on a personal or political level, it is heavily influenced by her injury.
Co-produced by vocalist/guitarist Chris Teti alongside his studio partner Greg Thomas (END, Misery Signals), Illusory Walls takes on the weight of human existence while it’s buckling under the pressure of today’s near-dystopian society. Personal anxieties and political struggles collide with a series of portentous, apocalyptic, and dramatic tunes, resulting in some of the darkest music the band has made since forming in 2009. For while Illusory Walls certainly draws you deep into the world of the band, it also takes you deeper into your own, into crevices of your mind and life that you perhaps hadn’t encountered or weren’t able to explore before.
In support of Illusory Walls, TWIABP will be hitting the road this fall with Bent Knee. Greet Death, State Faults and gates will support on select dates. Tickets are on sale now. For more information, visit http://theworldisabeautifulplace.com/.
TWIABP TOUR DATES
10/12 Baltimore, MD Ottobar
10/13 Carrboro, NC Cat’s Cradle
10/15 Orlando, FL Soundbar
10/16 Atlanta, GA The Masquerade
10/17 Nashville, TN Mercy Lounge
10/19 Austin, TX The Parish Room
10/20 Dallas, TX Club Dada
10/22 Phoenix, AZ The Rebel Lounge
10/23 Los Angeles, CA Lodge Room
10/24 San Francisco, CA Bottom Of The Hill
10/26 Portland, OR Hawthorne Theater
10/27 Seattle, WA The Crocodile
10/29 Salt Lake City, UT Kilby Court
10/30 Denver, CO Globe Hall
10/31 Kansas City, MO Record Bar
11/2 St. Paul, MN Turf Club
11/3 Chicago, IL Lincoln Hall
11/4 Columbus, OH Ace of Cups
11/5 Ann Arbor, MI The Blind Pig
11/6 Toronto, ON Lee’s Place
11/7 Buffalo, NY Rec Room
11/9 Burlington, VT Higher Ground
11/10 Hamden, CT Space Ballroom
11/11 Boston, MA Brighton Music Hall
11/12 Philadelphia, PA The Church
11/13 Brooklyn, NY Elsewhere
11/14 Asbury Park, NJ Asbury Lanes
The World is a Beautiful Place & I am No Longer Afraid to Die is David F. Bello (vocals/guitar), Chris Teti (guitar/vocals/bass/programming), Joshua Cyr (bass/vocals), Katie Dvorak (vocals/synth), and Steven K. Buttery (drums).