The World is a Beautiful Place and I Am No Longer Afraid to Die are no strangers to turning heads in their respective scene. Known for their numerous collective of musicians and their now-household name, the band have a knack for drawing on commonly inane (if that makes any sense) subjects when it comes to songwriting. With “January 10th, 2014”, TWIABP are entering conceptual territory; the 5.5-minute epic centers around the goddess Diana and a string of actual murders at the hands of “Diana, the Hunter of Bus Drivers” that took place in Mexico two years ago. The two become one in what can arguably be noted as the band’s best track to date.
While TWIABP may have lost guitarist/vocalist Greg Horbal, they enlisted existing keyboardist Katie Stanholtzer-Dvorak to sing alongside frontman David Bello, thus giving “Diana” a voice of her own; a decision that completely changed the sonic drive of what the band can offer. While the vocal execution is outstanding in its own light, something needs to be said of the collective’s overall songwriting improvements. While their debut full-length Whenever, If Ever annihilated 2013’s AOTY lists basically everywhere, it seems to almost fail in comparison to the mammoth of a track that “January” truly appears to be.
Whenever, If Ever kept a single sound throughout: delicate yet heavy, airy yet strong. It’s what made the band unique and what really solidified their place in the punk scene. What we’re given in just five and half minutes of what their upcoming sophomore Harmlessness will be is a whole other monster. There is exponential growth shining through every single component of the track, from the deft opening to the roaring, headbang-worthy final minute with the memorable lyric “make evil afraid of evil’s shadow”.
TWIABP were at the helm of the dreadfully-coined “emo revival” which kickstarted about five years ago and have since gone on to sign to punk mecca Epitaph Records. A shift in power such as this needs that frontrunner piece, and “January 10th, 2014” is simply that. It encapsulates everything that TWIABP has to offer as a unit and it refuses to let go. One can only hope for the best with Harmlessness, and if it’s anything like its leading single, we have something quite incredible coming our way.
Watch the equally impressive music video for “January 10th, 2014” below and be sure to check out Harmlessness, out September 25th via Epitaph Records.
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