To go along with a few other interviews we were lucky enough to get at Bled Fest, I had a nice chat with The World Is A Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid To Die about their upcoming full-length, outer space and the Twinkle Daddy movement.
MEB: First off, if you could introduce yourself and your role in the band.
Greg: My name is Greg and I play guitar and sing.
Derrick: My name is Derrick. I play guitar and I yell.
Chris: My name is Chris. I play guitar and trumpet.
Greg: Three guitars is the new two guitars. (laughs)
Alright so I must admit that I am new to you guys. I’m new to your sound so to someone who hasn’t really heard your band before, how would you describe yourselves?
Greg: If you were to take emo and you were to send it to space.
Chris: We use a lot of reverb and a lot of delay pedals. People sometimes call us a post-rock band.
Yeah I can definitely hear that.
Derrick: We definitely steal from post-rock bands.
Like Explosions in the Sky and whatnot.
Derrick: Yeah like This Will Destroy You.
Greg: We’re not trying to go for any specific sound but there are definitely like groups of bands that we listen to. But we also try to keep changing. I feel like the newer stuff that we’ve been doing isn’t necessarily like…it’s not the same. We’re not trying to do the same thing all the time.
Derrick: The new song sounds like Rush.
Greg: Yeah we have a song that sounds like Rush.
Yeah I was just going to ask, are there any specific bands that you want to like name-drop for your influences?
Chris: When I first started playing guitar I was really into like At the Drive-In and Fugazi and a band called The White Octave. And those are the bands I usually try to rip off.
Derrick: Greg likes Sublime.
Greg: I like…no.
Derrick: Whatever he tells you is going to be a lie.
Greg: I really like I Hate Myself. Also Modest Mouse! We have definitely been channeling a lot of that lately. Just like trying to have a lisp and whatnot. All I listen to actually is Bomb The Music Industry! (laughs)
Well that’s definitely a solid choice. So you guys are recording a full-length? You’re done recording a full-length?
Derrick: We’re still writing it.
Greg: We’re writing it with dates booked to record it. So we kind of put the time crunch on so we can get everything done in time. So we’re doing that and we’re doing…we actually have like four records planned. We have a four-way split that we’re doing that we can’t talk about yet. We’re going to do a single for Run For Cover at some point. We’re doing a split with a band called Joie De Vivre who are actually from the Midwest. Uh…I don’t even know. We’ve got more stuff planned than we should.
(at this point two more members of the band joined in)
Is this the rest of the band?
Chris: These are two other dudes.
Greg: We’re missing one more.
Well wow. Almost got the whole gang here! If you guys want to introduce yourselves and your role in the band?
Josh: I’m Josh and I play bass.
Steve: I’m Steve and I play the drums.
Okay sweet! Now that almost everyone is here would you guys like to chime in about the full-length?
Josh: Well we’re not done!
Steve: We’re not done yet. We’re demoing everything out.
Chris: The demos aren’t even done… (laughs)
Josh: Half of it is fully written and we have some stuff that we’re gonna bang out after tour.
Greg: We seriously have like written pieces of about 15 songs and a lot of them were written like a year ago. We’re just going through and putting stuff together and figuring out what we like, what we don’t like. We gotta get ready even to just play them.
Chris: People always think we’re in the studio because I work in a studio. So they see pictures and they’re like “Oh dude! You’re recording?” and I’m like “No, I’m at work.” (laughs)
So is there any certain direction or anything that you are doing differently with this record?
Greg: We’re definitely trying to make it sick! (laughs) That’s definitely what we’re going for. Like a lot of layers coming in and out.
Josh: We want people to think that they’re going to space.
Greg: Space and a lot of dynamics.
So like “good” space? Or like…Angels & Airwaves space?
Derrick: Good space! Like actual space!
Greg: Yeah none of that poser space-rock. Real space-rock.
Josh: Whoa I think that Tom DeLonge is right behind you…
Derrick: Yeah Tom DeLonge is right behind you, I think he wants to fight.
Greg: Yeah Mark Hoppus. The founding member of…Pantera. (laughs)
Derrick: There is actually a song on the full-length called “You Will Never Go to Space” which is true. None of us will ever go to space. We’ve been teased by it our whole lives and it sucks.
Chris: I just forever dream of space. (gesturing to his space themed chest-piece)
Steve: Don’t we have a song that’s going to be called “Picture of A Tree That Doesn’t Look Quite Right” or something?
Greg: …Okay. “Picture of A Tree That Doesn’t Look Okay.”
Derrick: That’s gonna be a single. (laughs)
New hit single.
Greg: We’re really just excited to get home. We’re gonna lock ourselves in Steve’s house for like two weeks and try to finish the record.
Steve: We’re going to go on a vision quest in the woods.
Greg: Yeah there’s woods we’re gonna walk in it.
Great for inspiration!
Alright I have to ask about the whole “Twinkle Daddy” thing.
Greg: That’s 100% my fault!
Yeah that’s what I’ve heard!
Chris: I thought that it was Hostage Calm‘s fault?
Greg: Tim Casey from Hostage Calm coined the term. It was coined on a My Heart to Joy (Greg’s former band)/Hostage Calm tour. Hostage Calm booked the first half to play with all hardcore bands. The second half I booked so we played with basically all like emo bands. And [Hostage Calm] just started to refer to them as the “Twinkle.” We also called everyone “Dad” on that tour, so those bands were called “Twinkle Daddies.”
The first tour when I started playing guitar last winter, we did a bunch of shows with Stay Ahead of the Weather and then a couple by ourselves and with Snowing. Before we left for the tour, I made a conscious decision to say the term “Twinkle Daddy” as many times as possible to see if it catches on.
Chris: Greg also went to every emo band’s Last.fm page and in their biography changed the word “emo” to “Twinkle Daddy.”
Greg: Snowing actually, their page got locked because I would change it and someone would go on there and change it back. There were arguments on the Last.fm pages, it was great. But then I’m at a You Blew It! show in Boston last spring and I’m with Kevin from Topshelf [Records] and we’re standing and You Blew It! finished. And I hear this dude behind me say like “Yeah, this band they’re called Twinkle Daddies. It’s a name for the sound.” And I’m like…oh my god! And I turn around and I’m like “I’ve never seen that kid before.” I was like “Kevin! I did it! It’s real!” And now I see it all the time. I just saw someone ask End of the Year a question about it on Tumblr. Every couple of days someone asks us questions with non-words and usually I ignore them.
Derrick: So it’s all Greg’s fault.
Greg: It’s out of control now. And I hate it.
Steve: You like stepped out of it. As soon as you heard someone else say it you were like “I’m out!” (laughs)
Greg: I want nothing to do with it now.
You started a shitstorm.
Derrick: I went on an online magazine once and I put “Twinkle Daddy” in like everything and they edited every instance of that word out. Everything. They even changed the date!
Is it really that like…offensive…or? (laughs)
Greg: I don’t think it’s offensive.
Derrick: It started out as a joke and now I think people are really irritated by it.
Greg: There are kids who are passionate about it.
Derrick: Kids love the Twinkle Daddies.
Just waiting for a band to be called “The Twinkle Daddies.”
Chris: If it’s not already a thing, they’ll owe Greg a lot of money. (laughs)
Alright so it is my understanding that you, Greg, are a very busy guy in the music scene, is that correct?
Greg : Yeah. I have no time. I don’t sleep. I hate it. I mean I love it but I hate it.
I mean what is it like to have most of your life revolve around music?
Greg: I mean it’s not like…I work as an engineer too. I work like 40 hours a week. And we’re either practicing or playing shows and I book like a bunch of bands too. So it’s just like sitting in front of my computer a lot and playing shows. It’s great when we get to go on tour. We want to eventually start to tour full time, but things have just been getting in the way. People have been getting sick. School’s in the way. I think come October of this year our LP is going to come out and we’re going to have to be touring full time. So we’re excited for that.
Awesome. I think that’s all I’ve got for you so if there is anything else you would like to add or say to the fans?
Derrick: Figure out a way to go to space and let us know how we can do that.
Greg: Yes. Excellent.