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“Are Here To Help You” cassettes available for pre-order from Love & Death Records. They’ve also got Deer Leap & TWIABP shirts only available with cassette pre-orders.
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Sunday October 9th The World is a Beautiful Place and I am No Longer Afraid to Die will be playing @ The Stood with Laura Stevenson and The Cans and The Act of Estimating As Worthless. The show starts at 8:30pm. We caught up with Greg, guitar/vocals of The World is a Beautiful Place and I am No Longer Afraid to Die, to ask him a few questions before the show.
@ The Stood: How did The World is a Beautiful Place and I am No Longer Afraid to Die form?
Greg: The Band formed in the fall of 2009 by Derrick and Tom after they had been playing solo shows together for about a year. While drunk, Josh asked if he could play bass in the band and was then forced to play Blink-182 riffs as fast as he could as a tryout. The next year was rather chaotic with members coming and going. Derrick was originally the drummer and only switched to guitar right before recording “Formelessness”. I think we’ve finally settled on the six of us who make up the band now. I don’t see the line up changing again.
@ The Stood: What is the story behind the name “The World is a Beautiful Place and I am No Longer Afraid to Die”?
Greg: The name was sort of a joke about ridiculous post rock song titles. We have made a promise to ourselves to never shorten it. Derrick might have also accidentally stolen it from a Neva Denova song.
@ The Stood: Which artists influence you the most and why?
Greg: We all listen to so much, it’s hard to really pin point anything. Obviously a lot of Midwestern emo and post rock influenced the backbone of our sound, but we don’t want to pigeonhole ourselves in those genres. We probably listen to a lot of bands people would expect us to, and then a ton that they consider out of left field. It’s best to keep your ears open to everything.
@ The Stood: Can you describe your song writing process?
Greg: We’ve always tried to approach things as a group. Lyrically we’ve always tried to share things from a collective standpoint, and our writing process is similar. It usually starts with a simple idea and we all inject our input. This process honestly works really well sometimes but can turn into a disaster if everyone isn’t contributing. We’ve left our basement after working on new material feeling on top of the world and at points like complete garbage.
@ The Stood: How was your experience last time you played Suny Purchase?
Greg: It was honestly really great. Last semester we played with Caspian, who are a phenomenal post rock band from the Boston area; it was a privilege to play with them. I’ve also been to a ton of great shows at Suny Purchase the last few years too. I really admire the things you guys have going on here
@ The Stood: What can we expect from The World is a Beautiful Place and I am No Longer Afraid to Die in the future?
Greg: We are about to release a split LP with our good friends Deer Leap on the wonderful Topshelf Records this month. After that, we’re planning on playing out in the North East quite a bit, and doing a short tour with the Living City from MA in January. After that it’s time to record an LP finally!
@ The Stood: Any last words you want to say?
Greg: Please no turds at the gig.