Thursday, April 7, 2011
I first happened upon The World /Inferno Friendship Society by chance, opening for Subhumans at Logan Auditorium years ago. Since then, I've eagerly anticipated their shows, every time they come through town. It's always a treat to see these Brooklyn natives live. They're excellent musicians with a sense of humor and an avid following. Their April 7th show at Reggies Rock Club in Chicago was once again a rockin' good time.
I always half way expect lead singer, Jack Terricloth, to break into the big shoe dance, with his Pee Wee Herman look. But he's an icon in his own right, with a unique sound, and an adoring legion of fans. Everyone's smiling when they play
old favorites like "Only Anarchists are Pretty", "Addicted to Bad Ideas" and "Me V. Angry Mob". This time we also got a good taste of their new release, The Anarchy and the Ecstasy.
One of my favorite live show moments is the mosh waltz, where everyone is encouraged to partner up with lovers, friends or strangers and waltz. However, it always turns into a magical, swirling cacophony of laughing punks, happily careening into and bouncing off one another.
They have a new CD out, and a sweet new sax player who claims to be from the Northeast side of Chicago. Check out their music, touring schedule and What Would Jack Do section, full of brilliant ramblings and amusing musings.
The World / Inferno Friendship Society is one band that might actually be worthy of being called a "society." Consisting of 13 members, recruited from a dream list of "everyone who you never thought would make an album together" (the most peculiar listings from their resume include former members of Blues Traveler, Dexy's Midnight Runners and the NFL's Atlanta Falcons' Half Time Marching Band), the World / Inferno Friendship Society plays every instrument known to man, and has dabbled in every musical genre you could name on a bet. Now this Music Theory class on wheels graces us with a sound that is too out there to be everyday pop, rock, ska, dance, or salsa (even though it sounds like all these), but is too goofy to qualify as serious prog-rock.
We were impressed with Chicago band, The Stranger, who opened for World Inferno Friendship Society at Reggies Rock Club, April 7th. These Logan Square boys are self described as Garage, Punk, Rockabilly. Their lead singer has the rockabilly/ska fancy footwork down and the substance to back it up.
The Stranger shares local label, Haunted Town Records, with another big favorite of ours, Naked Raygun. Even Jack Terricloth, lead singer for World/Inferno, was singing their praises and told the crowd at Reggies that The Stranger is a real local treasure, unlike the "crappy bands" they often get stuck with as openers.