World/Inferno Friendship Society - Vox Inferne [7 inch] (Cover Artwork)

World/Inferno Friendship Society

World/Inferno Friendship Society: Vox Inferne [7 inch]Vox Inferne [7 inch] (2010)
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The World/Inferno Friendship Society would have to reach pretty far to surprise people anymore. Huge rotating band of circus punks? Got ??em. Huge theatrical albums about historical events and characters? Did several of 'em. Wildly boisterous live show so intense it resulted in them getting kicked off tour with Mindless Self Indulgence? Please..did that years ago. So, when the band announced they are doing Vox Inferne, a (mostly) a cappella 7", I wasn't so much surprised as upset with myself for not expecting it.

The 7" is jammed full with the W/IFS classic "Paul Robeson" and two new songs, "The Devil Boy's Last Hurrah" and "Istanbul, Drowned Blue Shows." The tracks sound exactly what you'd expect from W/IFS: great melodies with sharp lyrics and perfect accompaniment (even if it's just additional vocals and [occasionally] Franz Nicolay on piano). The key to this release is that the songs are not just great a cappella songs, but just great songs. After about the third listen, I found myself not realizing there were almost no instruments and just thoroughly enjoying the songs.

This release could easily have been something of interest to fanatics and collectors only (W/IFS have enough of both), but it really is something that any fan of their previous work can listen to and enjoy, without any sort of stipulation. It's a pleasant surprise but I guess it shouldn't be considering who it's coming from.


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Rastid (April 13, 2010)

this was really fun, but it just makes me even more impatient for new shows and the new album...

misterspike (April 13, 2010)

I want this. Come back to FL! Almost three years is far too long to go without a live dose of the Inferno.

Problematiclogic (April 13, 2010)

They're my favourite band, but this is weird, very weird!

ashtraymonument (April 13, 2010)

ssssssolid. wish these guys would tour, you know, not just on the east coast.

johngentile (April 13, 2010)

This record is pretty awesome.

bradc930 (April 13, 2010)

This is pretty intriguing. My copy is preordered.

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