Band Aid: The World/Inferno Friendship Society

I’ve been proselytising about this band for years now, and yet it seems so hard to make people listen. Come on, people: this is the only street-romantic punk rock squatter/anarcho cabaret orchestra/band in the world. What does that ridiculous string of daft labels mean? Well, it means that the World/Inferno perform songs about being poor, dumb and having fun; getting kicked out of here and thrown out of there. Drugs and sex are all part and parcel of the black-eyed romantic package that vocalist Jack Terricloth does his utmost to infuse with living, breathing soul. The collective musical mass that is the World/Inferno Friendship Society has featured, as well as the traditional drums-bass-guitar trinity, piano, accordion, xylophone, additional percussionists, and more than a few horns. The one thing they’re missing is a string quartet, and reportedly that gets included at the annual Hallowmass show–the biggest event in the band’s year, and something that I one day hope to attend.

The band has shared members with the Hold Steady, Dexy’s Midnight Runners, Leftover Crack, the Slackers, Dresden Dolls, Nine Inch Nails and Native Nod. That’s just the bands I know–check this shit out for a detailed list. Just look at that diverse, inventive roster. How awesome is that? The answer is very. Very awesome.

I haven’t said so much about their music yet, and that’s because there’s not much to say. If you’re listening to it, you’re dancing, or singing, possibly drinking, and if you’re really lucky you’re kissing. W/IFS tunes are inherently in love with life, seizing on and celebrating life at its best and worst. It’s a party, just the best party: you take the good with the bad, have fun, and don’t let it get you down.

To me, the World/Inferno Friendship Society, as well as being a unique and damn fine band–and a fucking good time both live and on record–are proof positive that music fans who fail to pay attention to the punk scene are missing out on a lot of very special material. Well, that’s their loss, and you shouldn’t let it be yours. Listen up, listen in, blacklisted, full-bodied, red.

The W/IFS – Paul Robeson

The W/IFS – I Wouldn’t Want to Live in a World Without Grudges

The W/IFS – Tattoos Fade

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2 Responses to “Band Aid: The World/Inferno Friendship Society”
  1. WEBSHERIFF says:

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    Hi Shaun,

    On behalf of Rough Trade / Beggars Digital, Vagrant and The Hold Steady, many thanks for plugging “Stay Positive” (street date 14th July and advance, digital release date 9th June) … .. thanks, also, on behalf of the label and the band for not posting any pirate links to unreleased (studio) material and, if your readers want good quality, non-pirated, preview tracks, “Sequestered in Memphis” is available for fans and bloggers to stream / link to / post etc on the band’s MySpace … .. check-out and for details on “Stay Positive” and the band’s 2008 shows … .. for a limited period a play-through of “Stay Positive” shall also be available on the band’s MySpace and on NME (, although these are for promotional purposes only and the artist and labels have kindly asked fans and bloggers not to host or link to pirate copies of the full album on-line – for which many thanks in advance.

    Thanks again for your plug.



  2. Shaun CG says:

    I’ve approved the above automated comment because I think it’s pretty funny it got auto-posted to a page about the World/Inferno Friendship Society, and that I don’t even mention the Hold Steady’s new album. I didn’t even mention Franz’s fine mustache. Go Web Sheriff! High five!