October 21, 2013 by ryanglaspell
What: The World is a Beautiful Place & I am No Longer Afraid to Die
When: Thursday, October 24th, 8 p.m.
Where: 123 Pleasant Street Morgantown, WV
David Bello knows what it is like to be a Morgantown resident. Having performed with multiple bands and played many shows while attending West Virginia University, he’s no stranger to the local music scene.
After his departure from Morgantown, Bello lived in Brooklyn for awhile. When rising atmospheric emo/indie outfit The World is a Beautiful Place & I am No Longer Afraid to Die was in need of a vocalist, Bello was given a call. Since Bello joined the band it has been full steam ahead, touring across the country, as well as a recent Canadian tour. TWIABP, a member of Topshelf records, has gained positive reactions from fans and critics alike. Music publications such as absolutepunk and SPIN have commended the spacey, emotion-packed sound of the band. They boast over 30,000 Facebook fans and their songs on YouTube generate dozens of thousands of views.
This Thursday Bello, joined by his bandmates, will return to Morgantown for a show at 123 Pleasant Street, the town’s most coveted music venue. The stage in the low-key, cozy venue is like a second home to Bello. Prior to TWIABP, he stood on that stage more times than he can remember. “(I’ve) played more shows there than I’ve ever even gone to shows any other place,” said Bello.
“123 pleasant street is my all-time favorite venue, possibly tied with Swerp Mansion (r.i.p.) in Chicago,” he said. Despite the mass of shows performed at 123, he has yet to tire of it. He continued, “They have better sound than Irving Plaza in Manhattan and offer a better overall experience than any other venue I’ve been to across the US.”
TWIABP’s show this Thursday is anticipated not only by local fans welcoming back a hometown hero, but by Bello himself. Having been a member of the local music scene for years, coming back to once again perform music at 123 is a blast of nostalgia for Bello. “It’s honestly not that much different from when I lived there,” Bello said, “I’ll most likely be playing in front of the same people who supported me for years as a local performer and having just as good a time.”
Bello’s sentiments are a testament to the unity and fulfillment that comes from being a part of Morgantown’s music scene. Whether you are the one performing or the audience member earnestly listening to the music, this scene welcomes you. Even for Bello, who has experienced a moderate amount of success in the past few years, Morgantown holds a kindly allure to it. He said, “It would have been easy to stick around in Morgantown playing music as a hobby and living happily ever after.”
There may be those who criticize local music and keep their noses in the air until the next star comes through Morgantown to play at the Creative Arts Center, but have no doubt that wonderful music is abound, even in smaller venues. Any qualms can be relinquished this Thursday. Instead of spending “Thirsty Thursday” at a club or sports bar, make your way to 123 Pleasant Street and let your thirst be quenched with the unrelenting emotion displayed by The World is a Beautiful Place & I am No Longer Afraid to Die. The show starts at 8 p.m. and it is $10.
Listen to their 2013 release, Whenever, If Ever below.