Union Transfer

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

World/Inferno Friendship Society

World/Inferno Friendship Society

O'Death, Ma Jolie

Fri, December 20, 2013

Doors: 8:00 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!
O'Death
O'Death
In late July of 2010, New York quintet O'Death -Singer/guitarist Greg Jamie, Gabe Darling on banjo and ukulele, drummer David Rogers-Berry, bassist Jesse Newman, and violinist Robert Pycior — returned to the stage after a year-long hiatus to play a critically-acclaimed set at the Newport Folk Festival. In many ways it was the perfect start to a new era in the band's existence, and a logical precursor to their upcoming third LP. O'Death return to Ernest Jenning Record Co. for Outside, set for release April 19th.

After endless touring on the rollicking one-two punch of their debut Head Home (Ernest Jenning Record Co.) and sophomore barnburner Broken Hymns, Limbs and Skin (Kemado), the band was sidelined in the midst of their 2009 tour when Rogers-Berry was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma. Ten months of chemotherapy and a shoulder replacement later, the group returned to the studio with a new outlook on life, and began work on their most fully conceived project to date — an affirmation of sorts. With the help of producer/engineer Billy Pavone (The Fall, Asobi Seksu, White Rabbits), the result is a record that is both the most subtle and massive accomplishment of the band's career. Outside is a darkly triumphant and free-flowing album that represents exactly where the songwriters have found themselves in this moment. As Pycior notes, "I love the dynamic disparity in the album: the fragile parts of 'Bugs,' 'Ourselves,' and 'Don't Come Back…,' the huge endings in 'Alamar,' 'Look at the Sun,' and 'Pushing Out.' …and I love ending on a different and demented tone with 'The Lake Departed.'"
Ma Jolie
Ma Jolie
Powerful punk rock from Philly is never in short supply, and Ma Jolie are reinforcing that idea well with shouted vocals against tuneful hardcore that is gritty in a way that suggests they graduated from the Hot Water Music and Small Brown Bike school with honors. A quick listen coming in under 30 minutes, it’s a memorable one that encapsulates bit and pieces of all the legends, but still sounds distinctly like Ma Jolie, especially in the luminous bass work. As great as you would expect from a band who take their name from a Bear Vs. Shark tune.
Venue Information:
Union Transfer
1026 Spring Garden St.
Philadelphia, PA, 19123