Different, yes, but not so much so as to strand a listener in that “I want to like this band, but...” purgatory. The World Is a Beautiful Place and I Am No Longer Afraid to Die populates the trail with enough musical references to Radiohead and Arcade Fire and even durable old John Lennon so as to inspire assurance to all comers that their lengthy, spiraling (and often lovely) song introductions will actually lead to something worth hearing. It’s a trick, making new emo out of old emo, and this band does that better than most.
- Saturday, October 28, 2017, 6:30 p.m.
3090 Polk Avenue,
TWIABP are out of Connecticut. At present, there are seven touring members and an additional four studio musicians, sometimes more, sometimes less. Three full-length albums into a relatively new career, the band was celebrated in 2013 as being a vital element in the resurgence of emo. That form had its start in the ’80s. Emo, as in emotion. Confessional lyrics.
Some of you will recall mainstreamers such as Jimmy Eat World and Dashboard Confessional breaking loose in the early 2000s. After, emo drifted into underground status. There’s a local connection in the form of screamo, a kind of emo that was taken to the international concert stages by bands such as Mission Bay’s Pierce the Veil.
The World Is a Beautiful Place and I Am No Longer Afraid to Die, "I Can Be Afraid of Anything"
The thing about TWIABP that keeps me engaged is the sense of raw desperation that comes from whichever of their vocalists is at the front. And within that is some kind of cathartic release, I suppose, from the media-fanned flames of present anxieties: the spike in opioid addiction, fear of foreigners, relationship drama, and on and on. But here’s the turn: it’s not all about TWIABP. Their songs are about us. From “Rage Against the Dying of the Light”: “Between earth and sky, we’ll build a fire so high/ They’ll turn all the lights out and all will sing/ I’m alive, I deserve to be.”
Rozwell Kid and Mylets also perform.