I headed out to Philadelphia’s Union Transfer on this unseasonably warm past past Friday night to catch my favorite cabaret waltz punks, The World Inferno Friendship Society. I entered right during the last song of O’Death, which had a bunch of people dancing. The place itself wasn’t sold out, so there was plenty of room for dancing once World Inferno took the stage. I’ve noticed that ever since The Anarchy And The Ecstasy was released, it seems like a lot of the older World Inferno fans lost interest (which is a shame, it’s a solid album after a few spins), but the sheer amount of young kids there show that where World Inferno may have lost a few fans, they’ve certainly gained a bunch of new ones.
World Inferno has been in a constant state of flux, with most of the longtime members leaving after the release of Addicted To Bad Ideas, and then once Jack Terricloth (the brain behind the band) got a solid lineup to record 2011’s The Anarchy And The Ecstasy, many of those members left as well. It seems like once again, the band has stabilized a lineup, with a new album coming out soon in 2014.
The band took the stage to their usual call to arms “Tattoos Fade”, which had most singing along and a smallish pit breaking out with us skanking, dancing, diving, and everything in between. The crowd didn’t really explode though until World Inferno played “The Faster You Go, The Better You Think” off of their latest comic book/EP release, which gives you an idea that most fans seemed to know their newer material. Strange for me, but awesome regardless.
Jack kept the crowd engaged with his grandiose quips with a bottle of wine in one hand, microphone in the other. They played a solid (albeit sort of sloppy, yet fun) set with a diverse setlist, throwing in plenty of newer songs too. One thing I have to say about a lot of Inferno crowds is that they won’t bitch about new songs being played… shit, they look forward to hearing ones they’ve never heard before, dancing throughout, cheering along, etc. And while it was one of the more laid back/subdued World Inferno show’s I’ve been to, it was still one hell of a great party.
Setlist (Not in order, from what I remember):
The Faster You Go The Better You Think
Secret Service USA
Ladies And Gentlemen Of The Road
Politics Of Passing Out
Everybody Come To Ricks
The Disarming Smile
Addicted To Bad Ideas
Cats Are Not Lucky Creatures
The Naughty Little Rat Makes Friends
Let’s Steal Everything
This Packed Funeral
Me Vs The Angry Mob
I’m Sick Of People Being Sick Of My Shit
Zen And The Art Of Breaking Everything In This Room
Velocity Of Love
Pickles And Gin
World Inferno Friendship Society – A Demonstrational Introduction to the Astral Plane
World Inferno Friendship Society – The Anarchy And The Ecstasy
World Inferno – Addicted to Bad Ideas
World Inferno – Just The Best Party
World Inferno – Red Eyed Soul
World Inferno – East Coast Super Sound Punk of Today