Williamsport isn't typically a stop on most bands' tour schedule - unless somebody from the area books them. This was not the case for post-rock indie band The World is a Beautiful Place and I am No Longer Afraid to Die.
They were booked to play at Origins Art Space last year, sharing the stage with local emo punk band Animal Logic. The band enjoyed playing here so much that they contacted Animal Logic's frontman, Ian Killian, to see if they could come back for their summer tour.
"It's cool going to places that you don't expect a lot of," said guitarist, Greg Horable. "When we were in Williamsport, it was awesome. They treated us great and the show was awesome. It was a lot of fun, so we decided to come do it again."
The World is a Beautiful Place and I am No Longer Afraid to Die will play at 5:30 p.m. July 17 at West Fourth, 420 W. Fourth St.
"Last year, the turn out was great, both the band and the audience had a great time," said Killian.
This year's show will begin at 5:30 p.m. July 17 at the West Fourth venue, 420 W. Fourth St. Opening bands will be Animal Logic, Dads and Pity Sex.
The Willimantic, Connecticut natives of The World Is... have been putting out EPs with Topshelf Records since 2010. They began working on their first LP in 2011, "Whenever, If Ever" which was released on June 18 of this year.
"It took a year and half to do the whole thing with on and off periods," said Horable. "It was a frustrating process but we're happy with the final product."
Usually an individual has to be in Maroon 5 or One Direction to get their music heard by the masses.
But last month The World Is made it to number 196 on the Billboard 200.
"We're all stoked about it," said Horable. "It's not what any of us expected, we didn't know we were capable of that."
Along with the approval of the music industry, their fans have also been sending them good remarks as well.
"There's been tons of positive feedback. Generally there hasn't been anybody saying that it sucks," he said.
They have even gotten a "decent seven" by YouTube music reviewer, Anthony Fantano of The Needle Drop.
Even though their record is getting a lot of coverage by some pretty big names, the band is working on preparing for their next project. Horable is positive that they will be over this record in the next couple of months.
"When you're in a band you should be thinking forward always. We don't want to be the band that comes out with an LP every two years," he said.
Right now they are trying to find bands to play 7 inch splits with them and create a series.
At this point, nothing is set in stone but the guys have been joking as to whom they would want to do the splits with.
"Probably Nirvana reformed with Paul McCartney and hologram Tupac," laughed Horable.
Once they finish this project, they want to come out with a second full length, possibly titled "Whatever Forever."
This good-humored group of guys will be putting on a great show that is something different from what typically comes through the area.
"I want local kids to see that there is more music out there than radio, bar [bands], hardcore and metal," said Killian. "It's going to be fun, I'm very excited."