A Saturday Night of Cool Space Rock at The Bowery Ballroom

December 26th, 2014

David Bello (vocals), Josh Cyr (bass), Derrick Shanholtzer-Dvorak (guitar and vocals), Greg Horbal (guitar and vocals), Steven Buttery (drums), Chris Teti (guitar and trumpet), Katie Shanholtzer-Dvorak (keys and vocals), Chris Zizzamia (poetry and spoken word) and Tyler Bussey (guitar and vocals) have been making music together as the atmospheric-emo collective the World Is a Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid to Die (above, doing “Heartbeat in the Brain” for Audiotree Live) since forming in northeast Connecticut five years ago. Their sound is somewhere in the Venn diagram overlap of Explosions in the Sky and Sunny Day Real Estate. They put out a number of singles, splits and EPs before their debut LP, Whenever, If Ever (stream it below), came out last year. And according to PopMatters, the album is filled with “songs you shout along to in crowded basements, at all-ages venues…. This is the best possible first LP to follow all those one-offs and shorts EPs. While not long, it spreads out along record sides, stretching its legs. This group has always had the power to make something very new, and hopefully, in their evolution into bigger and brighter places, the World Is a Beautiful Place… only expand more and more.” Catch their last live performance of the year tomorrow night at The Bowery Ballroom. Columbus, Ohio, four-piece Saintseneca and Pittsburgh quartet Brightside open the show.