The World Is A Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid To Die’s debut full-length Whenever, If Ever brought the Connecticut band attention outside of the D.I.Y. scene with which it had long been associated. Though its long name and large membership had become the default talking points when people mentioned The World Is…, its anthemic songs and pummeling live show quickly changed the conversation. The band dropped by for this year’s Holiday Undercover series and made the classic “What Child Is This?” its own, with swells of effects and interlocking guitars building toward something decidedly more dystopian than cheery. For those hoping to catch The World Is… live, it has plenty of shows lined up in the new year, most of which find it serving as main support for Into It. Over It. before embarking on its first European tour with Empire! Empire! (I Was A Lonely Estate). Enjoy.
Cheap Girls cover Counting Crows' "A Long December"
Wild Beasts cover Madonna's "Frozen"
Shonen Knife covers "We Wish You A Merry Christmas"
Drive-By Truckers cover Greg Lake
Ashley Monroe covers Joni Mitchell
Laura Stevenson covers Elliott Smith
Craig Finn and Esmé Patterson cover Low
Into It. Over It. covers “Assassination On X-Mas Eve”
Harry Shearer and Judith Owen cover Spinal Tap’s “Christmas With The Devil”
Gruff Rhys covers “If I Had The World To Give”
Nick Lowe & Los Straitjackets cover “I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday”
The World Is… covers “What Child Is This?”