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World/Inferno Friendship Society

World/Inferno Friendship Society: live in Minneapolislive in Minneapolis (2009)
Chunksaah Records

Reviewer Rating: 4


Contributed by: GlassPipeMurderGlassPipeMurder
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I've been battling some of the worst sickness in memorable years for the last couple days. My throat started swelling unexpectedly at Wednesday night's Twins game, and thrashing about with Fucked Up and openers Bring That Shit later in the evening probably didn't help. By Thursday morning I was bare.


I've been battling some of the worst sickness in memorable years for the last couple days. My throat started swelling unexpectedly at Wednesday night's Twins game, and thrashing about with Fucked Up and openers Bring That Shit later in the evening probably didn't help. By Thursday morning I was barely able to breathe, and as I'm typing this it hasn't gotten a whole lot better. But even though I felt like crap, I decided there was no way I could miss World/Inferno Friendship Society.

I showed up right at 10:00 because I hadn't pre-ordered tickets and wanted to get there before it sold out as I was sure it would. Well, it turns out I was wrong. While there was a decent amount on the dancefloor, the Triple Rock was only about half-full. WTF, people? World/Inferno Friendship Society on a Saturday night in Spring…what more could you ask for?

So getting there early, I sat and read The Onion for awhile before two girls and a guy took the stage and started screeching out some toe-tapping pop-punk. They were pretty competent in their songwriting, but not in their timekeeping, playing about five songs too many and getting cut off by the sound guy so the next band could set up and we could hopefully wrap things up by 2:00 a.m.

Easy Action eventually followed, and in all honesty I simply did not dig whatever they were trying to do. It was essentially just loud rock that occasionally had some kick to it, but all it did was make me wish I were at home in bed with my cough drops and orange juice.

After a rather quick setup for an act of such grandeur, World/Inferno Friendship Society emerged and the confetti began to fly. The crowd was a curious collection of individuals, not easy to pin down to one musical clique. There weren't many stereotypical punks, nor was there a glut of hipsters. Surprisingly, there did seem to be a healthy amount of ska kids, drawn in by the Society's sax-y arrangements and throwback appeal. Frontman Jack Terricloth is, in my opinion, the most talented inter-song banterer in punk. Wittier than Fat Mike and and far less obnoxious than Guttermouth, he can add a punchline to any anecdote or observation, and degrade himself without losing his class and charisma. He talked for a moment about how he loved the Minneapolis crust scene, but the Minneapolis crust scene didn't love him back, noting Profane Existence and Slug & Lettuce zines (which he holds a subscription for) that called World/Inferno Friendship Society "a waste of vinyl." In one segue, he whipped out a Casualties reference of "spikey hair drunk punks" from their anthem "For the Punx" (which I'm sure went over 90% of the crowd's heads) and followed up by dedicating the next song to Jake (Kolatis) and Meggers (Mark Eggers) and encouraging anyone who sees the Leftover Crack / Casualties tour of this summer to tell them "Hi" for him. When I was zoning out and watching some kids act goofy in the back during a crowd finger-snapping intro, he called me out from stage and told me to put my fingers together, to which I responded by "playing the world's smallest violin." He chuckled back that I was a smarter man than he, and all seemed to be forgiven for my lack of audience participation.

Meanwhile, the band offered up many of their back-catalog favorites in the form of "Brother of the Mayor of Bridgewater," "Jerusalem Boys" and "Fiend in Wien" alongside selections from their latest album that included "Cathy Catharine," "And Embarked on a Life of Poverty," "Thumb Cinema" and "M Is for Morphine." Call me a modernist, but I actually would have preferred to hear more of the new songs, or at least, different new songs. Cuts like "I Just Make Faces" and "With a Good Criminal Heart" are a bit more upbeat, and I'm supremely bummed they didn't play "Ich Erinnere Mich An Die Weimarer Republik." Still, they played a packed set and finished with an encore of "One for the Witches" and the timelessly beautiful "Only Anarchists Are Pretty."

I made it home around 2:30, sicker than ever and now exhausted beyond consciousness. But as Jack Terricloth implies, if you don't live recklessly, you're hardly living at all. And even though the next 10 hours were spent asleep, seeing World/Inferno Friendship Society was one of the most lively experiences in a long time.

 

 
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mikexdude (April 17, 2009)

*blushes*

GlassPipeMurder (April 16, 2009)

Spalmer, is GlassPipe as good looking as I imagined?

you can't even begin to imagine how good GlassPipe looks.

- Spalmer

mikexdude (April 16, 2009)

Spalmer, is GlassPipe as good looking as I imagined?

Spalmer (April 16, 2009)

i totally saw you GlassPipeMurder, I remember you sitting on the stage reading the Onion before the show. I was the tired looking guy in a green sweater with a tired looking girl sitting behind the left barrier thing.

GlassPipeMurder (April 16, 2009)

lame they didnt play lets steal everything. they didnt play that in Chicago either. was Franz at this show?

no, and they didn't even mention it to the Hold Steady (kind of) hometown crowd. so i didn't mention it either. but no, sadly he wasn't.

CBSrocksteady (April 16, 2009)

lame they didnt play lets steal everything. they didnt play that in Chicago either. was Franz at this show?

BipedCasserole (April 15, 2009)

Ian -- you know how to waltz?
I would give my left leg to be able to waltz. Then I'd give my right arm to get my left leg back.
Score is for your dancing prowess. And "Only Anarchists Are Pretty."

misterspike (April 15, 2009)

The fact that W/IFS isn't Bigger Than Jesus is still surprising to me. Then again, part of me likes having them be a "Best-Kept Secret."

Score is for roadtripping to SC to see "Addicted To Bad Ideas."

Spalmer (April 15, 2009)

I mean, they were good at what they did, but it's just not my thing... the guitarist made some cool feedback noises, though, to be fair

skankin_in_the_pit (April 14, 2009)

"Easy Action was pretty pathetic, I thought 40 year old men with gray hair would outgrow the IM SO PISSED ARGH thing."

Well, John Brannon the frontman from Negative Approach is their singer. Anybody that's ever heard any NA certainly wouldn't expect him to ever mellow out.

I like their "Friends of Rock & Roll" album alright. Kinda has a hard rock meets Stooges/MC5 vibe. They wouldn't seem to fit this show, but I'm a little surprised you didn't dig 'em. I've never seen 'em live, so you could be right.

IanIsSuperRad (April 14, 2009)

I saw this show in Oberlin, Ohio last night and it was a fucking blast. Everyone danced. Nobody was reserved. I waltzed with a stranger. Twas a good fucking night.

GlassPipeMurder (April 14, 2009)

I think I pinpointed the WIFS crowd, at least the shows I've been to--"theater geeks."

that's brilliantly accurate. score is for you.

apocalidiot (April 14, 2009)

score is for the fact they played Jerusalem Boys

Spalmer (April 14, 2009)

Was at this show, was surprised at how few people were there. Easy Action was pretty pathetic, I thought 40 year old men with gray hair would outgrow the IM SO PISSED ARGH thing. Also was disappointed at no Weimar, but good show regardless.

MN_punkmaster-skaman (April 14, 2009)

Why didn't I go to this? I was in town that weekend!!

preston (April 14, 2009)

I think I pinpointed the WIFS crowd, at least the shows I've been to--"theater geeks."

Mind you, I like the band and the theater.

misterspike (April 14, 2009)

Love the Inferno. Come back to FL!

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