The World/Inferno Friendship Society are a gang of dangerous loonies who like to break things, and who have been making beautiful, orchestral punk rock records since 1997. They have toured incessantly for the last 15 years, prompting one NPR spokesman to comment that the amount of jobs they have been fired from to go on the road would be "enough to save the present economy."
The World/Inferno Friendship Society consist of 7 to 13 life-long members who enthusiastically delight in encouraging all who identify as youth, both young and old, to change the system. They come armed with cascading piano, ace saxophones, several drummers, snarling guitars, low B bass, and whomever else gets in the bus.
On their new release "The Anarchy and The Ecstasy" Inferno hope to make you dance, laugh and cry – often in the same song. With their full horn section, baby grand piano, punk guitar, 5 string bass and dueling male and female vocals, this freedom fighting, punk-as-world-music cult channels Phillip K. Dick, Kurt Weill and Jonathan Richman on their 13th release. Pushing boundaries, grudges, genres, heartstrings and parole conditions from the cow-punk thump of track "Disarming Smile" to the heartbreaking samba of "13 Years Without Peter King," "The Anarchy and The Ecstasy" showcases World/Inferno Friendship Society’s refined songwriting style and virtuosic playing. Never fear though, the band hasn’t lost the attitude you’ve come to expect in songs like "I Am Sick of People Being Sick of My Shit."
New York’s hootnanny punk heroes, O’Death, at times it sounds morose or contemplative, but underneath the melancholy is a gospel fervor bashed from paint buckets, banjos, guitars and anything else in kicking distance that defines their sound. Since 2007â²s buzzed-about "Head Home," the quintet, which contains vocalist/guitarist Greg Jamie, vocalist/multi-instrumentalist Gabe Darling, fiddle player Bob Pycior, bassist Newman and drummer David Rogers-Berry, has evolved the possessed americana-meets-gypsy-punk of recent years into a more urgent, unrelenting celebration of life, death and everything in between.