Thursday, September 6, 2007

WORLD/INFERNO Live @ WXPN World Cafe This Weekend!

Perform Live @ WXPN's World Cafe This Weekend (September 8th and 9th as part of Philadelphia's Live Arts Festival) in Support of Their Upcoming Album "Addicted To Bad Ideas: Peter Lorre's 20th Century" out September 11th on Chunksaah Records!

“A combination of Bruce Springsteen, The Pogues and the noise the devil makes as cities burn. It's one thing to talk about the destruction of institutions that hold society together, but another to mean it. World/Inferno Friendship Society means it, or seems to, and it's unclear which is more dangerous.” - NPR

"A raucous, nine-person cabaret act that introduced a welcome touch of anarchy to the cozy Caucus Patio" - Entertainment Weekly

"Showtune-esque vocals, plenty of horns, and hooks that are impossible *not* to sing along to." - Alternative Press

“If you're looking for something different, important and fun (all at the same time), then I can think of no CD that fits the bill as well as Red-Eyed Soul.” –

"The word "unique" doesn't even describe half of the qualities that make the WORLD INFERNO / FRIENDSHIP SOCIETY a compelling recorded and live act. This compact of friends and roaring musicians is "disorderly conduct" in motion, enacted with a fervor that cannot be washed out." -

Brooklyn punk legends THE WORLD/INFERNO FRIENDSHIP SOCIETY join forces with Jay Scheib,* one of contemporary theater’s brightest young visionaries, to create a punk-rock opera for the times. Continuing the charge in the evolution of the genre via the ultimate 20th century archetype of alienation, Peter Lorre, World/Inferno dedicate a furious song cycle following Lorre’s unheralded existence from his days with Wedekind and Brecht through the cycle of World Wars to a pitiless fall from grace in the drug-infused quagmire of Hollywood vines. Led by the inimitable Jack Terricloth, World/Inferno paint a picture of the twentieth century from the outsider’s eye via a multi-media spectacle.

"Addicted to Bad Ideas" is the new album from the collective known as The World/Inferno Friendship Society, Gotham City's anarchist big-band originally known for bringing their brand of circus inspired swing-punk to rooftops, basements, halls, churches and anywhere their fire-breathing mayhem was accepted. The Inferno has since created a cult-following (especially in the New York City metropolitan area) that is so magical, their live appearances are some of the most intense and eagerly anticipated events of the weekend.

Recorded by Don Fury and featuring, for the first time ever, a full orchestra backing the group, "Addicted to Bad Ideas" is by far the band's most fascinating work yet. Premiering live in Fall 2007 @ WXPN's World Cafe in Philadelphia, in conjunction with the Chunksaah Records release of the band's new record, one of America’s finest progressive punk bands bring their unique vision from the clubs to the stage for the first time, and delves into the most comprehensive and intriguing work the World/Inferno Friendship Society has ever brought us.

The World/Inferno Friendship Society:
Jack Terricloth - Vocals
Sandra Malak - Bass/Background Vocals
Lucky Strano - Guitar
Semra Ercin - Percussion/Background Vocals
Franz Nicolay - Keyboards/Accordion
Maura Corrigan - Alto Saxophone
Peter Hess - Tenor Saxophone
Ken Thomson - Baritone Saxophone
Raja Najib - Piano
Kevin Raczka - Drums

The World/Inferno Friendship Society is not a rock band with a horn section; it's a fully-integrated orchestra of young men and women writing for you songs of the wine, freedoms and foibles which make life more than waking up and going to work every day. Nine pieces - 2 drummers 4 horns 2 guitars way too many teeth a piano and an accordion. Sign the fuck up!

Fate, my friends, loves the Fearless. And We, in turn, love You. Don't turn away from love, friends--don't be chicken. THE WORLD/INFERNO FRIENDSHIP SOCIETY is all the proof you need. With songs so sweet and a quicksilver beat, a lean 9-piece orchestra of girls and boys plays the cabaret-soul-punkety soundtrack to your romances and disasters. The vaudeville circus you always wished your life could be can be--just come and see!

Director Jay Scheib has been developing new work for live performance for nearly a decade, premiering an array of cross disciplinary works in the US and throughout Europe. Recent works include the live-cinema performance work "This Place is a Desert," which premiered at Boston's Institute of Contemporary Art and will travel later this season to New York's Public Theater as part of the Under the Radar Festival. Other recent works include the staging of Argentinean author Daniel Veronese's "Women Dreamt Horses," first presented as a work in progress at the Prelude Festival in New York City followed by its critically acclaimed premier at Performance Space 122 as part of BAiT – Buenos Aires in Translation. Also in New York, Scheib directed a studio production of Slovenian writer Saska Rakef's new play "Shelter," first at the New York Theater Workshop as part of the European Dream Festival and later in Ljubljana as part of the PreGlej Festival of new plays. At Raum (Space) Bologna, Scheib premiered his Shakespeare adaptation "All Good Everything Good" as a performance installation with Italian singer Margareth Kammerer. Other productions last season include the world premier of Irene Popovic's opera "Mozart Luster Lustik" at the Sava Center in Belgrade Serbia and a new staging of the Novoflot science fiction opera saga "Kommander Kobayashi" at the Saarlandisches Staatstheater in Saarbruecken, Germany. Current works include a collaboration with composer Anthony Gatto on a new opera adaptation of Gertrude Stein's "The Making of Americans," premiering at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis in 2008, and "Untitled Mars (this title may change)" conceived and directed by Scheib, which will premiere in April 2008 at Performance Space 122.

A recipient of the NEA/TCG program for directors, Jay Scheib is currently Associate Professor for Music and Theater Arts at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a regular guest professor at the Mozarteum Institute für Regie und Schauspiel in Salzburg Austria.

“Addicted To Bad Ideas” Tracklist:
1. Peter Lorre Overture (4.47)
2. With A Good Criminal Heart (2.57)
3. "M" Is For Morphine (3.03)
4. And Embarked On A Life Of Poverty (3.34)
5. Ich Erinnere Mich An Die Weimarer Republik (4.15)
6. I Just Make Faces (2.47)
7. Everybody Comes To Rick's (2.08)
8. Cathy Catharine (2.51)
9. Thumb Cinema (3.25)
10. Addicted To Bad Ideas (3.16)
11. Heart Attack '64 (2.40)

Addicted To Bad Ideas: Peter Lorre’s 20th Century (September 11th, 2007)
Red-Eyed Soul – CD (2006)
Me V. Angry Mob - CDEP/12" (2005)
Speak Of Brave Men - CDEP/7" (2004)
The Expatriate Act - Track on Rock Against Bush Vol.1 Compilation CD (2004)
Hallowmas - Live at North Six - CD (2003)
Just The Best Party - CD (2002)
International Smashism - Vinyl EP (2001)
East Coast Super Sound Punk Of Today! - The Singles CD (2000)
I Wouldn't Want To Live in a World without Grudges - 7" (2000)
Pumpkin Time - 7" (1999)
The True Story of the Bridgewater Astral League - CD/LP (1997)
Our Candidate - 7" (1997)
The Models and The Mannequins - 7" (1996)
Tattoos Fade - 7" (1996)


Peter Lorre's 20th Century Live!
September 8th @ The Philadelphia Live Arts Festival (WXPN World Cafe)
September 9th @ The Philadelphia Live Arts Festival (WXPN World Cafe) + Live Broadcast on WXPN!
+ Spring 2008 US Tour!

US Tour w/ Subhumans!
Sep 13 2007 Cell Block Mobile, Alabama
Sep 14 2007 Fuel Coffeehouse Jacksonville, Florida
Sep 15 2007 Studio A Miami, Florida
Sep 16 2007 The Social Orlando, Florida
Sep 18 2007 Asheville Arts Centre Asheville, North Carolina
Sep 19 2007 20th Century Theatre CINCINNATI, Ohio
Sep 20 2007 Mr Smalls Theatre PITTSBURGH, Pennsylvania
Sep 21 2007 8First Unitarian Church Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Sep 22 2007 Ottobar Baltimore, Maryland
Sep 23 2007 Knitting Factory New York, New York
Sep 24 2007 Knitting Factory New York, New York
Sep 26 2007 The Club at Water Street ROCHESTER, New York
Sep 27 2007 Grog Shop Cleveland, Ohio
Sep 28 2007 Magic Stick Detroit
Sep 29 2007 Logan Square Auditorium Chicago, Illinois

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