When: Sat., Nov. 9, 7:30 p.m. 2013
The World Is a Beautiful Place and I Am No Longer Afraid to Die is a small crowd unto itself. The Connecticut emo band has eight full-time members, but if you include guests, up to a dozen people can perform as TWIABP—and the group’s recent debut album, Whenever, If Ever (Topshelf), lists ten players. There’s strength in those numbers for the band’s cathartic yet autumnal fourth-wave emo, which can shift from intimacy to grandiosity and from wistfulness to towering rage—on the funereal “Low Light Assembly,” a gaggle of singers brightens the song like a roomful of lighters held aloft during an arena-rock ballad, while the unadorned quality of the vocals draws out the middle-class everyman yearnings and frustrations in the lyrics. TWIABP streamlines all that emotion into resplendent, quasi-symphonic songs that draw from the messy side of 90s emo as well as its occasional delicacy and introversion. With its yawning cello notes and tightly plucked guitars, “Picture of a Tree That Doesn’t Look Okay” feels like waking up in your old bed at home, surrounded by familiar posters on the walls, where nothing in the big, threatening world outside can disturb your security. On “Gig Life” the band sings about being on the road, traveling far from the one you love, but not even the very real loneliness in that scenario can withstand the band’s massed voices, rising up to yelp about blasting Rival Schools and Mewithoutyou on long car rides. —Leor Galil Caspian headlines; 65daysofstatic and the World Is a Beautiful Place and I Am No Longer Afraid to Die open.