Some of the more common descriptors of the work by emo-revivalists The World is a Beautiful Place and I Am No Longer Afraid to Die are: sprawling, multi-faceted and epic. The band knows how to take big-hearted, emotionally resonant sentiments and blow them out to the nth degree. Hell, a central song of 2015’s Harmlessness was about a real-life female vigilante killing bus drivers in Juarez, Mexico as a response to 20-plus years of police inaction for cases of rape and murder. When the band commits to something, they fully commit. And they do it big.
“Dillon and Her Son,” the first single from third LP Always Foreign, isn’t big or sweeping or multi-pronged in the way that “January 10th, 2014” or “Getting Sodas” is big. It’s not even three minute, basically sticks to one specific riff the entire time and doesn’t even have any vocals into 45 seconds in. Not that that matters. TWIABP knows how to make the best with what they’ve got and “Dillon and Her Son” demonstrates that remarkably well. The aforementioned riff, supported by an almost Hellogoodbye-type synth line, won’t likely leave your head once it gets there. And the band’s line about “gripping the apple” and “stomping the snake” is just impressionistic enough to grab hold of and grapple with. At any speed, the band sounds damn good.
[Listen to “Dillon and Her Son” on the Fader’s site now.]
Always Foreign is out September 29 on Epitaph and is available now for pre-order here. Check out the tracklist below.
01. “I’ll Make Everything”
02. “The Future”
06. “Dillon And Her Son”
07. “Blank #12”
08. “For Robin”
09. “Marine Tigers”
10. “Fuzz Minor”
11. “Infinite Steve”