Today, Connecticut’s The World is a Beautiful Place & I am No Longer Afraid to Die premiere their video “Marine Tigers” at Noisey.
The song “Marine Tigers” is based off content from singer David Bello’s father José Bello’s new book Marine Tigers that he wrote about his experience coming to New York from Puerto Rico in the ‘40s. Bello explains, “Marine Tiger was the ship that carried people from Puerto Rico, and so the white people in New York started calling all the Puerto Rican people ‘Marine Tigers.’ The idea of being named after something that you’re not excited about ties into that feeling of always being foreign.” The song also references his mother’s personal history as a second-generation American of Lebanese descent—as well as his own upbringing in a predominantly white West Virginia town.
The band’s new album Always Foreign is out on Epitaph on September 29. Along with Bello, Cyr, and Teti, the TWIABP lineup includes Tyler Bussey (guitar, banjo, synth, vocals), Dylan Balliett (guitar, vocals), Katie Dvorak (synth, vocals), and Steven K Buttery (percussion, vocals). Formed in Connecticut in 2009, TWIABP made their full-length debut with Whenever, If Ever (a 2013 release hailed as “revolutionary” by Pitchfork) and later delivered Harmlessness (praised as “bold and complex and dazzling” by Noisey and “grandiose and dramatic” by NPR).
The World is a Beautiful Place & I am No Longer Afraid to Die will tour this fall. Full tour dates are below.
Sept 22 Indianapolis, IN – Hoosier Dome
Sept 23 Urbana, IL – Pygmalion
Sept 29 Philadelphia, PA – First Unitarian Church
Oct 11 Lakewood, OH – Mahall’s
Oct 12 Lansing, MI – Mac’s Bar
Oct 13 Chicago. IL – Subterranean
Oct 14 Columbus, OH – Ace of Cups
Oct 15 St. Louis, MO – Firebird
Oct 17 Madison, WI – High Noon Saloon
Oct 18 Minneapolis, MN – Triple Rock Social Club
Oct 19 Lawrence, KS – The Bottleneck
Oct 20 Denver, CO – Marquis Theater
Oct 21 Salt Lake City, UT – Kilby Court
Oct 23 Seattle, WA – Chop Suey
Oct 24 Portland, OR – Mississippi Studios
Oct 26 Berkeley, CA – Cornerstone Berkeley
Oct 27 Los Angeles, CA – The Echo
Oct 28 San Diego, CA – The Irenic
Oct 29 Phoenix, AZ – The Rebel Lounge
Oct 31 Austin, TX – Sidewinder
Nov 01 Dallas, TX – Three Links
Nov 03 Orlando, FL – Backbooth
Nov 04 Jacksonville, FL – Nighthawks
Nov 05 Atlanta, GA – The Small Ball
Nov 07 Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle
Nov 08 Baltimore, MD – Ottobar
Nov 09 Cambridge, MA – The Middle East
Nov 10 Hamden, CT – The Ballroom at The Outer Space