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Lifetime / World Inferno Friendship Society

Lifetime / World Inferno Friendship Society: live in New Yorklive in New York (2007)
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The fact that I'd be seeing Lifetime for a fourth time was a little stunning. Perhaps it was a sign that they really are back for good, but it actually wouldn't be the only signal from that day. In terms of similarly styled, modern melodic hardcore I couldn't think of many more appropriate bands .


The fact that I'd be seeing Lifetime for a fourth time was a little stunning. Perhaps it was a sign that they really are back for good, but it actually wouldn't be the only signal from that day.

In terms of similarly styled, modern melodic hardcore I couldn't think of many more appropriate bands to open it up. By the end of this year I'll probably have seen Crime in Stereo more times than I've seen any other band, but like another New York favorite it's simply impossible to get sick of them. The opening thrash of "Everything Changes" has thus become completely predictable, but it still gets me every time. The band hit up every one of their releases to make pu the set list and lost little intimacy considering the stage they played from (probably their biggest since Irving Plaza opening for Brand New in 2003). Kristian Hallbert leaned into the crowd to make sure kids got their mic time, while the other members kept their composure in the comparatively large Bowery Ballroom. I'll admit I was a little nervous about seeing them in such an unusually sized venue (for them), but a loose enough crowd and adequate interaction resolved my fears.

Set list (9:02-9:30):

  1. Everything Changes / Nothing Is Truly Ever Lost
  2. Bicycles for Afghanistan
  3. I'm on the Guestlist Motherfucker
  4. -----
  5. Terribly Softly
  6. Sudan
  7. -----
  8. Long Song Titles Aren't Cool Anymore Because the Rest of You Fuckers Are No Good at It
  9. Amsterdamned!
  10. -----
  11. Slow Math
  12. Gravity/Grace
  13. -----
  14. Play It Loud, Fuckers
  15. ["New Harlem Shuffle" was originally penned in to go immediately prior to "Long Song Titles," however it was unfortunately omitted.]
Upon CIS's conclusion, a friend insisted we move to the side for World/Inferno Friendship Society, who I didn't mind from what I heard previously but wasn't adamant about. Their pogo-ing, overly rambunctious fans were cited as her reasons, so I politely declined having dealt with entirely worse before. Her insistence quickly became veiled demand; I caved after I heard the words "fake blood" passively mentioned by another acquaintance, one donned in a snazzy suit entirely intended for watching the performance in.

Great advice. When the well-dressed World/Inferno sauntered onto the stage and wailed into the first of 10 songs, "Tattoos Fade," the crowd surged forward and a well-populated dance pit immediately formed. Judging from the number of fans in attendance I'd say World/Inferno is one of the most well-drawing bands in the NYC punk circuit; I honestly had no idea. They were rather diverse, too; mohawk-topped punks, suspender-clad Oi! dudes, dressed up nü-goths and the apparently standard three-piece suits could be spotted from any angle. The suave moves of frontman Jack Terricloth gave me an entirely unexpected Morrissey vibe; was this guy really in Sticks and Stones? I guess so, I thought as I watched would-be guest vocalists and washed up crowd surfers playfully shoved by Terricloth back into the cavernous sandpit of chaos on the floor. While I was glad to be out of the reach of flying globs of red dye and general insanity ensuing, the band did musically intrigue me, its brass-fueled carnival stomps and all. The kick line and deathly catchy refrains in "Only Anarchists Are Pretty" particularly stuck in my mind. Some of the other songs in the 40-minute set included "Zen and the Art of Breaking Everything in This Room" and "Fiend in Wien." Oh, and the accordion player was apparently not present.

Now, while it may be a minor detail to most, I believe just the way Lifetime opened their set proves their full-time status: There's no better way to say "we're an active band and we're supporting a new record" than playing its single first. Yep, "Airport Monday Morning" led it off, in all its double-time verse and super pop chorus glory. Gusre, the band will always play the oldies (even the *real* oldies), but I thought that was a real statement. Lifetime's other songs got some pretty positive responses from the crowd too; not nearly as well as the Jade Tree era of course, but I couldn't hear any heckling -- so if fans were jilted by the new album, they either didn't show it or show up altogether. I thought it was funny that "Francie Nolan" immediately followed "Just a Quiet Evening," since the latter seems to reference the former's quick vocal buildup/burst at one point. Ari Katz still has that overly lazy stage presence/energy į la the Bouncing Souls' Greg Attonito, but Lifetime as a whole have definitely tightened up in general the last two years or so since reforming. As you can see from the set list below, it was well-rounded in addition to being performed well. I really would have loved to hear "Yeem's Song for Nothing," "All Night Long," and "Records at Nite" for the first time each, but hey, if full-time status is for real after all, I'm sure this won't be my last opportunity to see them.

Set list (11:05-11:48):
  1. Airport Monday Morning
  2. Turnpike Gates
  3. The Boy's No Good
  4. Rodeo Clown
  5. -----
  6. Daneurysm
  7. Just a Quiet Evening
  8. Francie Nolan
  9. Haircuts and T-Shirts
  10. -----
  11. Young, Loud, And Scotty
  12. Irony Is for Suckers
  13. -----
  14. Song for Mel
  15. (The Gym Is) Neutral Territory
  16. -----
  17. Knives Bats New Tats
  18. Ostrichsized
  19. Encore:
  20. Bobby Truck Tricks
  21. 25 Cent Giraffes
  22. * - "Northbound Breakdown" was somewhere in here as well

 

 
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Anonymous (February 15, 2007)

"I can honestly say that I felt World/Inferno upstaged the SHIT out of them at the DC show"

Simply not true. Unless maybe you were one of the kids in flapper outfits trying to swing dance in the pit.

Anonymous (February 15, 2007)

I feel bad for anyone who likes that high school drama club of a band. World inferno is so awful.

fritobandito (February 15, 2007)

I like Lifetime, and I can honestly say that I felt World/Inferno upstaged the SHIT out of them at the DC show. holy god. I don't even think I would have noticed if W/IFS played for another hour and Lifetime just decided to get wasted at the bar.

Anonymous (February 14, 2007)

they didn't play francie nolan here is the setlist.

1.Airport Monday Morning
2.turnpike Gates
3.boys No Good
4.Rodeo Clown
5.Daneurysm
6.Just A Quiet Evening
7.The Truth About Lars
8.Hair Cuts & T-Shirts
9.Young, Loud, And Scotty
10. Irony Is For Suckers
11.Song For Mel
12.The Gym Is Neutral Territory
13.Northbound Breakdown
14.Knives, Bats, New Tats
15.Ostrichsized
Encore
16.Bobby Truck Tricks
17. 25 Cent Giraffes

Anonymous (February 14, 2007)

The boston show was amazing. I feel sorry for anyone who missed the guitar smash.

Also, I mentioned to Dan that the Go! in all night long was exactly what it needed, and he proceeded to tell us that he couldnt make it to record the night they wanted to do it, so they just sampled it from Copout by Kid Dynamite. Go ahead and match them up if you dont believe me.

cuapunkradio (February 14, 2007)

i was really impressed with world inferno at the dc date. lifetime was amazing as well. 'just a quiet evening' has got to be one of the songs of the year.

eastern_waste (February 14, 2007)

"Ari Katz still has that overly lazy stage presence/energy į la the Bouncing Souls' Greg Attonito..."

I'm guessing you didn't go to any of the 6 nights at Knitting Factory?

sickboi (February 14, 2007)

Will,

Government Warning only opened the DC show. They were really fucking good. I had no idea they were from Richmond.

What's the deal with Lifetime not playing "All Night Long" at any of the shows?

Anonymous (February 13, 2007)

Inferno isn't a band.

ConsolationPrizefighter (February 13, 2007)

I was pressed against the stage, I don't know how I missed it. But I do remember seeing his guitar just lying on the stage. Fuuuuck.

thatcrazycommie (February 13, 2007)

"Dan smashed the guitar right after the encore...How did you guys miss it?"

I don't know! I've been asking myself that. Maybe I did see it, but it was so awesome I blacked it out.

Anonymous (February 13, 2007)

I saw this show in D.C. and was surprised how much better Lifetime sounded than when they played last year (when they still sounded excellent). A very tight, high energy set. I'm still not too crazy about their new stuff, though. Not enough sing-alongs. I give the show an "8" and the album a "6."

Anonymous (February 13, 2007)

Dan smashed the guitar right after the encore...How did you guys miss it?

greenerton (February 13, 2007)

Great show, Northbound Breakdown was played right before Knives Bats in the last leg of the set...I know for sure cause I was chilling on the side for a few songs before that, but when they started playing Northbound I rushed to the front for the rest of the show.

Great show, surprisingly big crowd responses for Northbound, Airplane and Haircuts which was cool to see. Probably because of the great singalong choruses those songs have. WIFS fucking tore it up too, I'd never heard them before but I'm obsessed with them now, bought all their albums yesterday.

CIS were okay, kinda generic for my tastes, I'd never heard them before either.

I gotta second the opinion of the poster below regarding Lifetime's set length, though...I was really disappointed. They played almost the same length as WIFS even though they were the *headliner*...I don't really see why they couldn't have played at least another three songs or so. I was also really disappointed that they didn't play Swamps. :(

Overall, it was a really fun show though. People went fucking nuts during Ostrichsized, I was seriously starting to fear for my life with the amount of people landing on my head. Airport Monday Morning has also been obscenely engrained into my head since the show...agh.

ryannn (February 13, 2007)

wow pitchfork gave the new record a 7.9..thats good by their standards.

thatcrazycommie (February 13, 2007)

"To whoever mentioned Dan smashing his guitar at the Axis, I don't think he ever did it. As far as I saw anyway."

Funny story - I didn't actually see him do it, but I saw the remains on the stage afterward. It was smashed. I'm not quite sure how I missed it, so I'm glad to hear someone else did.

theyounginfluential (February 13, 2007)

Also, Neill Cawley-
we share the same last name.
strange!

theyounginfluential (February 13, 2007)

i went to the dc show and the opener was government warning instead of CIS, this is about how I would've written my review. well done.

marcusd (February 13, 2007)

I had a ridiculously good time at the show. even when the really large stage diver landed on me during the lifetime set

Neill_Cawley (February 13, 2007)

Whoa, I don't know if I missed the asterisk or not. If I did, then my bad, if not, then cool.

Thanks for the World Inferno set list.

Glitter > Blood

ashtraymonument (February 13, 2007)

i remember when bouncing souls and lifetime played a surprise show at the stone pony after hellfest died. it was fucking awesome

Anonymous (February 13, 2007)

Did Governmnet Warning open for this?

-Will

ConsolationPrizefighter (February 13, 2007)

To whoever mentioned Dan smashing his guitar at the Axis, I don't think he ever did it. As far as I saw anyway.

Anonymous (February 13, 2007)

considering the stage they played from (probably their biggest since Irving Plaza opening for Brand New in 2003).

didnt CIS just play Webster Hall like a month ago?
that place is 3X Bowery Ballroom

inagreendase (February 13, 2007)

Didn't Crime In Stereo open for Brand New last year (not 2003)?

They also opened BN's CD release show in NYC for Deja Entendu in 2003.

Rastid (February 13, 2007)

great show, great review.

Liquor_Never_Brewed (February 13, 2007)

World/Inferno set for Bowery show:
Tattoos Fade
Zen and the Art of Breaking Everything In This Room
Fiend In Wien
Thumb Cinema
Me vs. the Angry Mob
Brother of the Mayor of Bridgewater
Addicted To Bad Ideas
The Velocity of Love
Paul Robeson
Only Anarchists Are Pretty

Score is for World/Inferno's performance and what with not mentioning the confetti that my friend and I threw during Anarchists (because they didn't play Your Younger Man), that was definitely worthy of mentioning. As for why Franz wasn't there, he's on tour in Europe with The Hold Steady.

thatcrazycommie (February 13, 2007)

I saw this same show in Boston two nights ago, and it was absolutely incredible. I'm a big fan of both Lifetime and W/IFS, and they both tore it up. Also, a guitar may have been smashed. Yeah.

Anonymous (February 13, 2007)

Anyone else not like Ari's voice as much on the new record? Its not as gritty as the old stuff. That said I do like the tunes.

baseball (February 13, 2007)

W/IFS continues to be one of the best live acts around right now....i've seen them 5 times since summer and they seemingly never have off nights

Lifetime's set looks similar to the one we got in DC on Friday...we did get "Hey Catrine" as part of our encore though

Anonymous (February 13, 2007)

"no "theme from a new brunswick basement party"?"

I was a bit dissapointed they didn't play that. The set was good and I thought they played really well. Though the set, despite being 16 songs or whatever, was less then 45 minutes and that included a 2 song encore. I was kinda hoping they could've gotten a full hour and maybe squeeze in 4 more songs.

Neill_Cawley (February 13, 2007)

Alex, no, but I also just stopped posting. Haha, whatever.

I second the World Inferno set list request.

fallingupwards84 (February 13, 2007)

awesome set list from Lifetime

wyzo (February 13, 2007)

great opening bands.......

wyzo

Anonymous (February 13, 2007)

no "theme from a new brunswick basement party"?

Anonymous (February 13, 2007)

Didn't know what was the deal with the fake blood but their set was insanely appealing compared to the last time I saw them. Also fairy dust was all over the place during the final songs of W/IFS's set. Terricloth just reminds me of Robert Englund, so creepy yet you just look at him with awe.

Crime In Stereo was pretty good too, I haven't seen them since a while back.

And yes Lifetime was without a doubt the best band of the night. Yet no "starsixtynine" or "How We Are"? Still the new songs were pretty good even though nobody was jumping around to it as they would with their old catalogue.

Overall, a great show and hopefully it'll spark another tour for Lifetime in the near future.

Ramo

maverick (February 13, 2007)

Oh, and it's great to see Lifetime playing new material live -- I for one wouldn't be opposed if half their set was from the new record. It would be nice to see some of the non-essential oldies faded out of the setlist to get rid of the "greatest hits" vibe.

-Scott

maverick (February 13, 2007)

Didn't Crime In Stereo open for Brand New last year (not 2003)?

-Scott

ConsolationPrizefighter (February 13, 2007)

Same Lifetime set as last night, but nonetheless solid. Does anyone have a W/IFS set list because I can't remember like half the songs

misterspike (February 13, 2007)

Great review. World/Inferno is simply one of the best live experiences. I would love to catch one of their NYC shows. This needs to be a full-fledged tour ...

SloaneDaley (February 13, 2007)

Jeff have you come out to the regular punknews world?

patthetic (February 13, 2007)

world inferno > lifetime

Neill_Cawley (February 13, 2007)

I split a cab with you, but my name was Jeff, and I was straight. I think we were also lost together for a few blocks down from the club.

You left off Northbound Breakdown from the set list.

Also, your friend really didn't like World Inferno. I'll admit, the fake blood was beyond me, but they were a lot of fun and have good tunes to back it up.

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