The World is a Beautiful Place & I am no Longer Afraid to Die’s Whenever, If Ever is #1 on bandcamp! Thanks, everyone!
Today was an exciting one here at our office as it saw the unveiling of two very special, near and dear records and our first foray into putting out a book (even if it has 200 pages and probably less than 200 words, haha). The humbling feeling of validation when you see something you believe in getting such widespread praise and support is something I hope everyone gets to experience at some point or another, even if in just some simple small way. The response to these records going on sale today — the culmination of years of planning, writing, setbacks, collaborating, personal sacrafice, etc. — is just that. So I’m sure when I say thank you for your support I speak for Hilary, Evan, everyone here at Topshelf and everyone in The World Is a Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid to Die, collectively.
So now, I am faced with the difficult decision of acknowledging that Whenever, If Ever is actively leaking a month before it’s release date. You can probably Google for it right now and get it.
This is arguably the biggest release we’ll have all year as a label and this spoils a lot of planning we had in place over the last few months, but these things happen. This also forces me to acknowledge the real-world truth that yes, records cost money. This oft-avoided subject in our community is a reality for everyone who tours or postpones real life to make music in nearly any capacity. It’s a thing. This record is no different.
So against my better judgement, we’ve made Whenever, If Ever available to:
- stream on Youtube for free.
- download on bandcamp immediately for just $7.
- listen to on bandcamp for free.
- listen to on soundcloud for free.
- and, of course, order physically on CD or vinyl.
Anyone who has pre-ordered the record already — thank you, sincerely — you’ll be getting downloads as soon as I can get everything set up (we weren’t planning on sending them for another month after all).
So, I’m appealing to you all to please use the above URLs to share, acquire and experience this record. I understand it’s 2013 and you can download and share this for free (and we’re not going to stop you) but I’m not doing my job if I don’t ask. Heh, I don’t have a job if I don’t ask.
Thanks, you guys.
“Let’s hope that this works out; this has got to work out”
-The World Is a Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid to Die, “Fightboat”
The World Is a Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid to Die - “Picture of a Tree That Doesn’t Look OK” from Whenever, If Ever — which will be out June 18, 2013 and is available for pre-order now in our store.
Derek Shanholtzer-Dvorak on the new The World is a Beautiful Place record
http://mindequalsblown.net/2013/05/10/interview-the-world-is-a-beautiful-place-and-i-am-no-longer-afraid-to-die/ (via silence-kid)
THE WORLD IS A BEAUTIFUL PLACE AND I AM NO LONGER AFRAID TO DIE
at STAY SWEET FEST 3
look at the rockstar david f. bello
these photos are awesome
I (Zack) stopped writing reviews for the site in the fall of 2011, and have had no true desire to start again; frankly, we have better people for that. I obviously do enjoy writing about music though, and have had the urge over the past few months to give my thoughts on albums once again: just not in typical review form.
The World Is A Beautiful Place - Whenever, If Ever (6/18)
Whenever, if Ever
New shirts will be printing soon!
If you pre-ordered the 4-way split from Tigers Jaw, Self Defense Family, The World is a Beautiful Place & I am No Longer Afraid to Die & Code Orange Kids — check your email; we just sent the downloads! (BE SURE TO CHECK YOUR SPAM FOLDER IF YOU DON’T SEE IT). If you haven’t yet, you can pick it up in our store.
Haven’t been too many reasons to smile today, you guys. But this did it for me just now: We Were Skeletons / The World is a Beautiful Place & I am No Longer Afraid to Die / DADS.
Easily one of our most anticipated releases of this year — and certainly one that’s long overdue — Whenever, If Ever will mark The World Is a Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid to Die’s first foray into releasing a full length record. It’ll be released by us on CD, vinyl and digitally on June 18, 2013. So, I dunno. about time, right?
photo by Carly Hoskins.
I think this band has evolved into something that demands to be heard over the course of a full length record; and we’ve all been given glimpses of the potential of what that can be over the last few years’ EPs and splits — but believe me, they fucking deliver, you guys.
We’ve been listening to demos, roughs, instrumentals, mixes — and finally — masters. It’s been a thrill to see this record get made and will be well worth the wait.
- See them on tour right now with Hostage Calm and Turnover.
- See them on tour soon with Dads and Cerce.
- Listen to their new song, “Beverly Wyatt”, from their split with Code Orange Kids, Tigers Jaw & Self Defense Family.
We’ll have more details on pre-orders, album art and track listing in the coming weeks.
Got some re-presses in stock!
- Caravels - S/T 7” (Clear - third pressing /250)
- We Were Skeletons / The Saddest Landscape - Split 7” (Gray - third pressing /500)
- The World Is a Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid to Die - Formlessness 7” (Gray - fifth pressing /500)
Following up their April run with Hostage Calm and Turnover, The World Is a Beautiful Place & I Am no Longer Afraid to Die will head out on a string of dates with Dads and Cerce. The trek includes stops at Pouzza Fest on May 19 and BLED Fest on May 25. Info’s below!:
TWIABP / Dads / Cerce:
- 5/18/2013 - Cambridge, MA @ Elks Lodge
- 5/19/201 - Quebec, QB @ Pouzza Fest
- 5/20/2013 - Ottowa, ON @ 40 Muriel Street
- 5/21/2013 - Toronto, ON @ Sneaky Dees (WATCH OUT!)
- 5/22/2013 - Ajax, ON @ 3230 Greenburn Place
- 5/23/2013 - Rochester, NY @ Dubland Underground
- 5/24/2013 - TBA
- 5/25/2013 - Howell, MI @ Bled Fest
Just TWIABP & Dads:
- 5/26/2013 - York, PA @ New Grounds
- 5/26/2013 - Chicago, IL @ Alderan
TWIABP / Cerce / Dads:
- 5/27/2013 - Bethlehem, PA @ Secret Art Space