The World/Inferno Friendship Society might be the most original band in the current music scene. One could spend years searching for a more unique band, and every one would fall far short of World/Inferno. This is simply due to one thing: all of the members of World/Inferno, past and present, love music. All music. They are not, and refuse to be, pigeonholed by any particular genre or by their own lyrics. They are an abundance of musical diversity.
That said, I’ll admit that my own familiarity with the band is limited. I originally heard about the band through the first “Rock Against Bush” compilation, where in my opinion they sounded out of place amongst all of the punk bands. In fact, there probably isn’t a compilation under any genre where World/Inferno would fit in perfectly. Conversely, their crazy musical directions might allow them to squeeze their way in to any comp even if they do sound slightly out of place with other contributors.
World/Inferno doesn’t fit 100% into any specific genre, but they do fit in to partially to many. It’s like a puzzle – each piece is a new musical direction, and World/Inferno are trying to fit each piece together.
The result is a release like “The Anarchy and the Ecstasy.” The album might not be liked by genre elitists, but will be loved by those who consider themselves fans of a myriad of musical styles. There are many contrasting and disparate elements – gospel, ska, big band, classic rock, punk rock, and an odd little foray into hip-hop on the opening track, amongst others. Those who are prone to only like one genre of music should beware – listening to “The Anarchy and the Ecstasy” might just broaden your musical horizons. It’s that sort of album.
Ironically, the very first track (“I Am Sick of People Being Sick of My Shit”) calls out the haters, proving that no band can truly win over every person on the planet, but that it shouldn’t distract bands from making great music.
From there, “The Anarchy and the Ecstasy” unfolds into a thoroughly enjoyable album for independently minded music enthusiasts. “Canonize Philip K. Dick, OK” attacks those who think they can attack the system from their office cubicles, and will easily be one of the most difficult songs to banish from the recesses of the mind after repeated listening.
The vocals of Jack Terricloth and bassist Sandra Malak are perhaps the best vocal pairing to be found in any band. Both have very versatile voices that sound velvety smooth on each track, and bounce off each other nicely, especially on the track “Thirteen years Without Peter King.” They are the sort of voices that make listeners swoon and forget the fact that World/Inferno are singing about science fiction writers and destroying the system.
World/Inferno Friendship Society is a band that has perfected the craft of confusing people, and while it may take time for some to get used to the musical stylings of this album, “The Anarchy and the Ecstasy” is worth every listen.
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