Union Transfer

1026 SPRING GARDEN STREET, PHILADELPHIA, PA 19123 Ι 215-232-2100

World/Inferno Friendship Society

World/Inferno Friendship Society

Rasputina, Stolen Babies

Sat, March 30, 2013

Doors: 7:30 pm / Show: 8:30 pm

Union Transfer

Philadelphia, PA

$16.00

This event is all ages

World/Inferno Friendship Society
World/Inferno Friendship Society
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 originally signed with the eerily prescient NJ Hardcore label Gern Blandsten (Ted Leo, Radio 4, Rorschach, The Liars) with whom they released 2 albums: “The True Story of The Bridgewater Astral League”(1997), “Just The Best Party” (2002) and a gang of singles which were compiled on “East Coast Super Sound Punk of Today!” (2000).  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”[http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=6389065]. 

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. The World/Inferno Friendship Society is fronted by an undead Sherlock Holmes, who had his exploits profiled in the NY Times Arts Section for the multi-media stage version of the group’s last record “Addicted to Bad Ideas” [http://www.nytimes.com/2009/01/08/arts/music/08worl.html]. 

The industrious and attractive World/Inferno joined Chunksaah Records' [http://www.chunksaah.com/] (Bouncing Souls, The Loved Ones, The Measure S.A., AOD) roster with their 2005 watershed “Red Eyed Soul” [http://blogcritics.org/music/article/music-review-worldinferno-friendship-society-red/] which was produced by NYC legend Don Fury [http://www.donfury.com/] at his Cyclone Studios in Coney Island, as was the aforementioned “Addicted to Bad Ideas”.

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".
 
Based in Brooklyn, NY but soon to be sleeping on your floor, World/Inferno Friendship Society invite you to live The Anarchy and The Ecstasy - and know you want to.

See you at the shows!
Rasputina
Rasputina
Rasputina is a "cello rock" ensemble composed of singer/cellist Melora Creager, and various, frequently changing band members. The current lineup includes Creager (cello), Daniel Dejesus (cello), and Melissa Bell (drums).

Founded by Creager in 1992, they have long held true to their mission of enlightening the common man as to the power and versatility of the mighty cello. Historically influenced, and constantly costumed, Rasputina keeps a small legion of incredibly passionate admirers enthralled with their earnest musicianship. Considered to be quite a pioneer and visionary, Melora and her group have inspired countless young people to pick up the cello, and have re-inspired many uninspired string players. Rasputina considers this to be the finest payment for their work.

Professional involvements have included Nirvana, Ultra Vivid Scene, Marilyn Manson, Porno for Pyros, Belle and Sebastian,and Cheap Trick.
Stolen Babies
Stolen Babies
Stolen Babies formed from a 12+ member high school performance troupe named the Fratellis; the band takes its name from one of the skits performed by the group during this period (written by Dominique Persi, who handled the theatrical and performance-art aspect of the group). Stolen Babies released their first Demo CD in 2002 through their own label, No Comment Records.

Among the band's many musical influences are groups such as Oingo Boingo, Mr. Bungle, and Fishbone (with whom Gil Sharone has performed). Stolen Babies are known for their on-stage theatrics and energetic performances, filled with props and Gorey-esque backdrops, all made by the various members. Except for the earliest demo, each album has featured artwork by indie comic artist Crab Scrambly.
There Be Squabbles Ahead, the band's debut full-length album (featuring remixed versions of "A Year of Judges" and "Push Button" from the 2004 demo), was released early in 2006 through the band's website, but was re-released on October 3 following the band's signing with The End Records. This album was produced by Dan Rathbun, member of the similarly "avant garde" experimental rock group Sleepytime Gorilla Museum, who also provides instrumentation on track 7 (tuba) as well as various background vocals on tracks 3, 7, and 12. Carla Kihlstedt (from Sleepytime Gorilla Museum) also contributed violin on tracks 7 and 11. The re-release also featured a music video for the song "Push Button" directed by Erik Tillmans. This album also marked the departure of Davin Givhan, the band's former guitarist. Guitarist George Earth, formerly of Switchblade Symphony, took Givhan's place during the international tour that followed.
They supported Lacuna Coil along side within temptation and the gathering on their The Hottest Chicks in Metal Tour 2007 featuring female-fronted metal bands.
Venue Information:
Union Transfer
1026 Spring Garden St.
Philadelphia, PA, 19123