The World/Inferno Friendship Society – “The Anarchy and The Ecstasy”

Album Reviews | By on Apr 3rd, 2011

Record Label: Chunksaah Records
Genre: Punk Cabaret
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The World Inferno Friendship Society have been around for awhile now, but believe it or not, I haven’t really heard too much from them. I might have reviewed one of their albums in the past but I probably didn’t like it since I was even more close-minded back then than I am now. Their new album The Anarchy and The Ecstasy is an interesting one, and definitely breaks up the norm of reviewing screamo and singer/songwriter albums.

“I Am Sick of People Being Sick of My Shit” is the first track and probably my favorite as well. It’s the type of song I would write if I had an inch of musical talent. It’s hard to describe this band; they mix so many styles like punk, klezmer, swing, lounge and jazz. Punk cabaret I guess is what people call their style. that seems fitting to me. The next few tracks are a bit of a downer, but they still contain that whimsical after hours lounge style they seem to play. “The Politics of Passing Out” starts off slow but picks up a lot. The singing and the piano playing on that track impressed me. The next song “Jake and Eggers” is a mixture of ska and swing, at least that’s what it sounds like to me. Whatever, it sounds good to me. I can’t say I’d listen to WIFS all the time, but when I’m feeling a bit quirky and in the mood for that music, I’d put this album on.

Bottom Line: A unique and interesting album
Notable Tracks: I Am Sick of People Being Sick of My Shit, the Politics of Passing Out, Jake and Eggers
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