The World is a Beautiful Place… ‘Illusory Walls’ Out Now

THE WORLD IS A BEAUTIFUL PLACE
& I AM NO LONGER AFRAID TO DIE
RELEASE NEW ALBUM
ILLUSORY WALLS

VINYL AVAILABLE DECEMBER 3

TOUR STARTS OCTOBER 12

ARTWORK

Illusory Walls, the fourth studio album from The World is a Beautiful Place & I am No Longer Afraid to Die is out digitally and on CD today. Vinyl will be available on December 3.

Taken from the unlikely source of the video game Dark Souls, the album’s title; Illusory Walls “refers to a hidden surface that seems to prevent entry, but upon inspection is nothing more than a visual illusion,” vocalist/guitarist David F. Bello.

The process for Illusory Walls took 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 made for a more relaxed, comfortable experience in the studio, allowing the band to realize the full extent of their musical and thematic aspirations.

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.

EARLY ACCLAIM FOR ILLUSORY WALLS

“this is TWIABP’s heaviest, proggiest, most audacious release to date” –  Stereogum: Album of the Week

“The World Is A Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid To Die have become legends in the indie/emo community for not only their imposing name but for writing some of the most thoughtful and engaging music that scene has to offer.” –  Paste 

 “The lyrics are one of the highlights of this album, carefully constructed and intelligent with each track creating a strangely relatable story.” – New Noise Magazine 

“The World Is a Beautiful Place’s Illusory Walls feels like the awakening that the band has been building toward all along” – Slant Magazine

ILLUSORY WALLS TRACKLIST
1.     Afraid to Die
2.     Queen Sophie for President
3.     Invading the World of the Guilty as a Spirit of Vengeance
4.     Blank // Drone
5.     We Saw Birds through the Hole in the Ceiling
6.     Died in the Prison of the Holy Office
7.     Your Brain is a Rubbermaid
8.     Blank // Worker
9.     Trouble
10.  Infinite Josh
11.  Fewer Afraid

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

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)

PHOTO CREDIT: ADAM PEDITTO

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