PREMIERE: The World is a Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid to Die — "Picture Of a Tree That Doesn't Look OK"

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We've got a special song premiere from Connecticut-based emo revivalists the World is a Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid to Die today for their track "Picture of a Tree That Doesn't Look OK." (TWIABP&IANLATD? Not men of few words. Or letters.)

Singer/guitarist Greg Horbal explains that the tune was responsible for lifting the spirits of the band at one point.

"Derrick [Shanholtzer-Dvorak; guitar, vocals] showed me an original draft for some of the lyrics to 'Picture of a Tree…' on the porch of the Handsome Woman in the fall of 2012. Morale was kinda low at this point and I think some of us thought we might never finish this record," says Horbal. "I came back to the Handsome Woman a day later with a few more ideas demo'd out. Everyone got really excited about the entire thing again. We all ended up in the basement and finished writing the rest of the words and lyrics that night. I remember spending the entire next day just listening to the demo we made of the song walking around the property and just absorbing it.

The song is off their forthcoming full-length, Whenever, If I Ever, which apparently didn't exactly have the smoothest writing process.

"We hit a lot of roadblocks while writing Whenever, If Ever. Demoing started in June of 2011 and we had most of the LP fleshed out before we entered Format Audio Studios with Ryan Stack in June of 2012," Horbal shares. "Even though we had begun recording, vocals for the LP were nowhere close to being written. We wrapped up about 80 percent of the instrumental tracks that month and then the entire recording process kinda stalled. We had the vocals written for two songs but we really hit a brick wall as we tried to finish them."

Whenever, If I Ever is out June 18 on Topshelf Records—pre-order it here. Stream "Picture of a Tree That Doesn't Look OK" above and catch TWIABP&IANLATD live!

5/3/13 Hamden CT @ The Space w/ Owen, Old Gray TWIABP w/ Dads & Cerce
5/18/13 Cambridge, MA @ The Cambridge Elks Lodge w/ Pity Sex, Run Forever
5/19/13 Quebec, QC @ Pouzza Fest
5/20/13 Ottawa, ON @ 40 Muriel Street
5/21/13 Toronto, ON @ Watch Out!
5/22/13 Ajax, ON @ 3220 Greenburn Place
5/23/13 Rochester, NY @ Dubland Underground
5/24/13 Lakewood, OH @ It's a Spring Fling
5/25/13 Howel, MI @ Bled Fest
5/26/13 York, PA @ New Grounds (No Cerce)
5/27/13 BethlehemPA @ Secrete Art Space

Headline Tour w/ Dads & Pity Sex. Daylight on select dates
06/13/2013 - Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter
06/14/2013 - Greenville, NC @ Tipsy Teapot
06/15/2013 - Charleston, SC @ The Oasis (late)
06/15/2013 - Murrells Inlet, SC @ Suck Bang Blow (early)
06/16/2013 - Atlanta, GA @ Wonder Root
06/17/2013 - Savannah, GA @ Taco Abajo
06/18/2013 - Jacksonville, FL @ Burro Bar
06/19/2013 - Orlando, FL @ Wills' Pub
06/20/2013 - Pembroke Pines, FL @ The Talent Farm
06/21/2013 - Tampa, FL @ Epic Problem
06/22/2013 - New Orleans, LA @ Big Top June
06/23/2013 - San Antonio, TX @ The Ten Eleven
06/24/2013 - Austin, TX @ Mohawk
06/25/2013 - Dallas, TX @ Club Dada
06/27/2013 - Detroit; Albuquerque, NM @ The Gasworks
06/28/2013 - Meza, AZ @ Nile Underground
06/29/2013 - San Diego, CA @ Che Cafe w/ Adventures
06/30/2013 - Highland Park, CA @ Growing Up Is dumb Fest w/ DefianceOhio
07/01/2013 - Santa Cruz, CA @ The Ratchet House
07/02/2013 - Oakland, CA @ 1234 Go Records
07/03/2013 - Eureka, CA @ Placebo
07/04/2013 - Portland, OR @ Garfield House
07/05/2013 - Seattle, WA @ El Corazon Lounge
07/06/2013 - Boise, ID @ The Shredder
07/07/2013 - Salt Lake City, UT @ The Shred Sled
07/08/2013 - Denver, CO @ Circle Music Collective
07/09/2013 - Kansas City, MO @ Art Closet Studio
07/10/2013 - St. Louis, MO @ Fubar
07/11/2013 - Peoria, IL @ Broken Tree Coffee
07/12/2013 - Chicago, IL @ SwerpMansion
07/13/2013 - Grand Rapids, MI @ The Turtle Den
07/14/2013 - Ann Arbor, MI @ 907 Lincoln
07/15/2013 - Indianapolis, IN @ Hooiser Dome
07/16/2013 - Pittsburgh, PA @ The Mr. Roboto Project w/ Adventures
07/17/2013 - Williamsport, PA @ West 4th
07/18/2013 - Philadelphia, PA @ The Fire w/ Daylight
07/19/2013 - Alexandria, VA @ The Lab w/ Daylight
07/20/2013 - Brooklyn, NY @ Suburbia w/ Daylight
07/21/2013 - New Haven, CT @ Bethesda LutheranChurch

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