The World Is a Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid to Die Share New Single "Queen Sophie for President"

The song appears on their forthcoming record 'Illusory Walls'

BY Heather Taylor-SinghPublished Sep 1, 2021

The World Is a Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid to Die have released the second single off their forthcoming album, Illusory Walls, out October 8 via Epitaph.

The track, "Queen Sophie for President," puts a slight twist on the band's post-hardcore sound, with keyboardist Katie Dvorak taking on lead vocals. Thanks to Chris Teti's intricate guitar work, the track carries the same dizzying darkness as previously released single "Invading the World of the Guilty as a Spirit of Vengeance," but Dvorak's vocals make the track feel lighter.  

In a statement about the song, the band said:

The process for Illusory Walls took about a year, written and recorded remotely between the bear-filled woods of Connecticut & the streets of quarantined Philadelphia – a first for the band – due to the coronavirus pandemic. The extra time gave the band time to manage the unexpected, such as Katie Dvorak sustaining an injury that meant she was unable to sing or talk for a couple of months at the end of 2020. Had they been on a normal recording schedule, she wouldn't have been able to get her vocals done. Instead, she was able to channel what happened into her songs. Though "Queen Sophie for President" is ostensibly about the tenacity of oppression, whether on a personal or political level, it is heavily influenced by her injury.

Following the release of their upcoming album, TWIABP will embark on a North American tour including one Canadian date at Toronto's Lee Palace on November 6. 

Watch the Adam Peditto-directed music video for "Queen Sophie for President" below.

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