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Interview: World/Inferno Friendship Society’s Jack Terricloth on the origin of Hallowmass

All Photos By Jeff Schaer-Moses Photography
Mr. Terricloth giving his all at Hallowmas 19.

It’s been 20-years since The World/Inferno Friendship Society put on their first “official” Hallowmas at Maxwell’s in Hoboken, New Jersey and it was a spectacle to behold. The group had only been together a short while, they’d released three-singles, and they even managed to get some love from the Village Voice. Not a bad kick off party for a new band’s new event. However, according to Jack Terricloth W/IFS has been celebrating Hallowmas since well before 1997.

“In a very real way, Inferno had been celebrating Hallowmas long before we were making music. Back in Jersey, we were a mischief gang long before our musical ambitions usurped the name.A lot of the gang members could play something, the ones who couldn’t we gave a drum. So instead of having a private bacchanal, we had a public one. Worked out.” said Terriclcoth.

From those humble Garden State roots sprang what has become one of New York City’s best Halloween celebrations. It’s not just a celebration of a fun holiday, but one of New York’s last standing cult phenom’s The World/Inferno Friendship Society.

“It is our holiday, It is the way we mark time, it is the holiday unmarked by a patriarchal tyrant and if you ask people for candy they give it to you. A gift!” Says the eccentric Terricloth.

He has been the proprietor of Hallowmas for its entire two-decade run, and even after running the show for so long Terricloth remains the central force behind the growth of Hallowmas from a little show in Jersey to one of New York Cities best Halloween events.

“It is still very DIY. I’m over at Warsaw twice a week checking out the projections, up all night writing Hallowmissives and filling out postcards and in clubs every weekend ducking and a weaving your shot glasses. Like life this job does not get any easier, just different,” said the Pumpkin King.

The main difference from year one to year 20 has to be the growth in the venue. While Maxwell’s is no hole in the wall the northern New Jersey launching pad is nowhere near the size of W/IFS current Hallowmas venue, The Warsaw in Green point which is cavernous in comparison. Also presumably the good folks over at Scenic Presents like ‘ole Jack Terricloth and the World/Inferno a little better than the promoter at Maxwell’s did back in the late 90’s.

“The booker at Maxwell’s really didn’t like my previous band Sticks and Stones but I had changed my name and band so I don’t think he cared enough to care (there are knowns and known unknowns). His name was Todd Abramson, I used to call him every other day in SAS to get a gig! He finally gave in and gave us a Thursday night. Todd called a couple days before the show and said ‘The Hoodoo Gurus are playing Thursday’ and I said ‘Oh cool, I’d love to play with the Hoodoo Gurus! ‘mars needs guitars!’ to which he replied ‘No, you don’t understand. The Hoodoo Gurus are playing. You’re not’ and hung up. I had to tell this to the band who of course blamed me and not The Hoodoo Gurus. Decades later I told this story doing the acoustic thing in support of Kevin Second’s acoustic thing at Maxwell’s and was promptly told I was banned from Maxwell’s again,” said Terricloth.

Hallowmas is going down on Oct. 31 at The Warsaw and tickets are still very much available.



The Used release lyric video for “Rise Up Lights”

The Used, who release their seventh album “The Canyon” this Friday (October 27th) via Hopeless Records, have released a lyric video for one of the tracks from it. You can watch “Rise Up Lights” below.

You can pre-order the album now.



Joy Opposites stream another new track titled “Good Luck” from upcoming album

Joy Opposites, featuring ex-members of FACT (Japan) and The Amity Affliction (Australia), are currently streaming a new track titled “Good Luck.” You can listen to it below.

“Good Luck” is the second single taken from Joy Opposites’ upcoming second album Find Hell. The album is set to be released on November 8 via Hostess Entertainment. You can find the tracklist, album art, and first single “Head Full Of Tongues” here.



Hammock District (pop punk) streaming new single “Take Me”

Aussie punks Hammock District are streaming a new single off their upcoming album. The new song “Take Me” is a mix of 80’s synth punk mixed with some gloomy pop punk.

You can check out the new song below.

The new EP “Evergreen” will be available November 2nd through Whisk and Key Records. This will be the debut album for the Hammock District.



Stream Hard Girls’ new album ‘Floating Now’ in full

After their amazing 2014 release ‘A Thousand Surfaces’, new Hard Girls stuff has been very high on our ‘to look forward to’ list. Happy faces all over because the San Jose based three piece is finally streaming its long-awaited new full length. ‘Floating Now’ won’t be out until this Friday (10/6) via Asian Man Records, but the whole thing is already up for listening right here.

If you like what you hear you should also definitely have a look below to see if Hard Girls are playing your city any time soon.



And So I Watch You From Afar stream “Dying Giants” ahead of new album

And So I Watch You From Afar have shared a new track, “Dying Giants”, from their forthcoming album “The Endless Shimmering”. The album will be the band’s fifth full length, following on from their last effort “Heirs”. “The Endless Shimmering” will be released October 20th via Sargent House.

You can listen to “Dying Giants” below.



Joy Opposites stream new single “Head Full Of Tongues” from upcoming album

Joy Opposites, featuring ex-members of FACT (Japan) and The Amity Affliction (Australia), are currently streaming a new track titled “Head Full Of Tongues.” You can listen to it below.

“Head Full Of Tongues” is the first single taken from Joy Opposites’ upcoming second album Find Hell. The album is set to be released on November 8 via Hostess Entertainment. You can find the tracklist and album art below the new track.



Downtown Boys release music video for “Somos Chulas (No Somos Pendejas)”

Providence, Rhode Island’s four piece Downtown Boys have released a music video for their song “Somos Chulas (No Somos Pendejas)”. You can watch it below.

The song is taken from their second album “Cost of Living”, which was released last month on Sub Pop Records.



Pope (feat. former members of Donovan Wolfington) stream two tracks from upcoming album

New Orleans grunge-pop act Pope are currently streaming two new tracks from their upcoming album True Talent Champion. You can listen to “David Caspian” and “Talk Me Out Of It” below.

The band is made up of Matthew Seferian, Alejandro Skalany (both former members of Donovan Wolfington), and Atticus Lopez. True Talent Champion is set to be released on November 3 via Community Records.



Fotocrimes (melodic) streaming new song “Duplicate Days”

Fotocrimes featuring current and former members  of Young Widows and Colliseum have released a new track “Duplicate Days”.

You can listen to the song below.

The new song comes off the band’s upcoming EP “Always Night” which is slated to be released November 3rd and is the first release from the band.



New Music: Hard Girls debut “Camera” from upcoming album “Floating Now”

Another new track from the long-awaited forthcoming Hard Girls full-length, Floating Now, is up. The song is called “Camera,” and you can check it out below.

Floating Now is due out October 6th on Asian Man Records. It marks the first Hard Girls album since 2014’s A Thousand Surfaces. Pre-orders for Floating Now are available right here.



Ted Leo releases video for “Can’t Go Back”

Ted Leo has released a video for “Can’t Go Back”. The track is taken from his new album “The Hanged Man”, which came out last week following a Kickstarter funding campaign.

You can watch the video below – and get yourself a copy of the album from his website.



The Used detail new album “The Canyon”

The Used have announced  their seventh album. “The Canyon” is to be released on October 27th via Hopeless Records.

The band have marked the announcement by releasing a video for the first track to be taken from the 17 song record. “Over and Over Again” is below, along with the album tracklisting and pre-order details.



Joyce Manor announce US tour with Wavves

California’s Joyce Manor will be touring the US with Wavves this fall. The month-long tour kicks off on October 20th in San Diego wraps up on November 22nd in Berkeley.

Check out the dates below to see if there’s a show near you.

Joyce Manor’s latest album Cody was released in 2016 through Epitaph Records.



Brand New to headline High & Low Festival

Solid reminder! (Fans of the latest Brand New album better pay attention.) The widely respected emo rockers are topping an incredible bill at the NOS Event Center in San Bernardino, CA on the 9th of September.  The High & Low festival hits out hard with a line-up that also consists of Death Cab For Cutie, Tegan & Sara, Best Coast, PUP, Kevin Devine and many more.

Head down below to check out the full line-up.