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World/Inferno Friendship Society

World/Inferno Friendship Society: Hallomas Live at North SixHallomas Live at North Six (2003)

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Few that have seen the World/Inferno Friendship Society in concert would doubt their ability to put on one heck of a kickin' live show. How, with 8+ members on stage, more woodwinds than Belgium, and a frontman that blends vaudeville with anarchy, can a live show be anything less than explosive? But.

Few that have seen the World/Inferno Friendship Society in concert would doubt their ability to put on one heck of a kickin' live show. How, with 8+ members on stage, more woodwinds than Belgium, and a frontman that blends vaudeville with anarchy, can a live show be anything less than explosive? But, the question remains, can this live energy be transferred to CD while still retaining its spontaneity and sharpness? On Hallomas Live at North Six, the band tackles the type of recording that either makes or breaks a band, and winds up making love to it.

Certainly, the setting for the recording fits the band's ethos. The recording comes from October 31, 2002, or Hallomas, which in the liner notes, lead singer Jack Terricloth refers to as the last holiday free from religion. Throughout the set, the band rallies against religion, opines on the benefit of a good drink, and laments getting funky with older chicks. The songs are drawn from the band's entire career, with about half of the recordings appearing on studio albums released after this recording, most notably "Peter Lorre" which recently appeared on their latest album Addicted to Bad Ideas.

As the band rumbles through the set, the sound is surprisingly clean. Those that have heard the band live would likely acknowledge that the multitude of instruments on stage tend to blend together creating a massive wall of sound. But, on this disc, almost every instrument is defined, which creates a rather more delicate sound for WIFS than one would expect -- at least, when they're not at the end of a crescendo. This decision is an interesting choice: either the band could have used a dirtier sounding mix to make the disc more representative of a WIFS concert, or, like they choose, they could carefully record each instrument to portray the sound they intend before speakers and sweaty bodies muddle the sounds together. There's no right answer to the question, only paths from which to choose.

With its gang of musicians, WIFS excels at bombast and, man, they sure utilize their skills here. On the opener, "Tattoos Fade," the live horns are louder than their studio counterparts and they simply pound with joy and excitement. On the closer, "Pumpkin Time," the band emulates both the Isley Brothers and the Misfits. And just like "Shout!," the song excels when played live with the quiet parts quieter than a feather drop and the loud parts just completely bouncing around the room.

And just like the live shows, lead singer Jack Terricloth steals the show with his banter only long enough for the rest of the band to steal it back. Luckily for us, this show seems to be unedited including Jack's audience baiting, goth baiting, and Paul Robeson tributes. These little snippets of wisdom dispensed by Jack are almost as important to the band as the music itself. Terricloth's stylings are equal parts Groucho Marx and Joan River's -- self-deprecating but completely devoid of regret.

The disc does its best to capture the live experience of the World Inferno. The sound may be cleaner than a live show, but the energy is as pure as ever. While nothing can make up for actually feeling the horn section hit you square in the chest or frenzied dancing with a cute partner, the disc binds Motown melodies, raw percussion and sweat to plastic the best it can. Highly recommended for both fans and as a starting place for newbies.


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misterspike (September 22, 2007)


There's the pictures link. Shows you what happenes when I try to cute cute with HTML.

misterspike (September 21, 2007)

On a related note, you can click here to see pictures from W/IFS opening for Subhumans in Miami last Saturday. Great Time, some decent pictures.

misterspike (September 21, 2007)

My favorite Inferno release. In a day and age when "Live" albums are typically several shows edited together, W/IFS brings their frenetic Hallowmas show to the masses on one recording. This is one of the live albums that you listen to Just Wishing you were There.

the_problem_with_fire (September 21, 2007)

bought this the other day. still waiting on it. i saw them in 2004 at hellfest, and didn't have a clue who they were. they stood out like a sore thumb at a show populated by metal and hardcore bands. but man, did they amaze me. jack is hilarious and they are great live. solid band.

LetTheDayBegin (September 21, 2007)

I haven't heard any of their albums, but when I saw them with Lifetime, they put on an amazing show. Score is for their live performance.

RiseAbove (September 21, 2007)

Great album! Who's gonna be at the Philly show tonight? It's gonna be sick.

baseball (September 21, 2007)

all recorded stuff = 9/10
live show = 10/10

this is one of the best bands out there

remainsunseen (September 21, 2007)

if you have ever seen world/inferno before, you would know that their live show/sound blows the shit out of their recorded stuff

niveK82 (September 21, 2007)

9/10 for a live cd? i love jack's rants as much as the next person but that is too much.

ahoitherr (September 21, 2007)

exactly. Every World/Inferno release deserves a 10.

briennis (September 21, 2007)

Every single W/IFS release reviewed on this site gets a 9/10. It's really stupid.

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