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The World/Inferno Friendship Society
The World/Inferno Friendship Society
(also referred to as "World Inferno", or "Inferno") is a band from Brooklyn, New York. Its style merges punk, soul, klezmer and jazz, while its collective membership features horns, piano and guitar and has a membership of about 40 players, of whom only about seven to ten active members usually perform at a time. The group is led by singer Jack Terricloth, who has been the only constant during the group's history. Terricloth is known for his pointed commentary during shows; his monologues have touched on politics and his transformation from the "old school". Its lyrics often concern historical or biographical subjects, such as Weimar-era Germany, Peter Lorre, Jeffrey Lee Pierce
Jeffrey Lee Pierce
of The Gun Club, Paul Robeson, Leni Riefenstahl, Dante Alighieri, Philip K. Dick, and Jonathan Fire*Eater.


1 Hallowmas 2 Members

2.1 Current Members 2.2 Previous Members

3 Discography

3.1 Albums 3.2 Live/Compilation albums 3.3 Singles 3.4 EPs 3.5 Unreleased demos 3.6 Other appearances

4 References 5 External links

Hallowmas[edit] The World/Inferno Friendship Society's annual Halloween
show, Hallowmas, is its most-anticipated performance of the year.[citation needed] The event is known for its elaborate planning and surprises. Past Hallowmases have included a burning effigy of Mr. Terricloth constructed and set alight by a large, caustic cat; an ethereal string quartet performing throughout the evening in the rear of the hall; circus performances and fire breathing by the Odd Child Uprising troupe and a cadaverous marching band materializing on stage for the finale, "Pumpkin Time". The song (performed only at Hallowmas shows) includes street rallies, and references The Great Pumpkin
The Great Pumpkin
from the Peanuts
comic strip. While the band has had over 30 members come and go, Terricloth has maintained that they have always been more of a gang than an actual band. Many members, current and former, continue to collaborate with the group, but do not join them on tour. Members[edit] Current Members[edit]

Name Instrument(s) Years Other groups

Jack Terricloth Lead vocals, guitar, misc. instruments 1996-present Sticks and Stones,[1] P.E.D.[2]

Sandra Malak Bass, vocals 2006-present The Working Mothers, SHLSHKD, Twitcher, Pipsqueak

Frank Morin Guitar 2010-present Serpenteens, Voltaire

Mora Precarious Drums 2010-present Ketman, Trabants

Aaron Hammes Baritone Saxophone, backing vocals 2012-present The Del Moroccos, Deal's Gone Bad, The Stranger

Scott Hollingsworth Piano, Producer, programming 1996-2000, 2012-present Sticks and Stones, Product, The Blue Jackets

Rafael Calderon Trumpet 2014-present The Bandulos, Rising Sun Gang, DYT

Jeffrey Young Violin 2014-present thingNY, Valerie Kuehne and the Wasps Nests

Benjamin Reichman Trumpet 2017-present Off Target, Future Ghosts, Glowing-Eyed Friends, DYT

Previous Members[edit]


Name Instrument(s) Years Other groups

Peter Hess Tenor saxophone, clarinet, percussion 1998-2011, 2013-2014 Guignol, Slavic Soul Party, Anti-Social Music, Balkan Beat Box, Capital M, The Peter Hess Quartet,[3] Asphalt Orchestra

Rebecca Schlappich Violin 2011-2015 Kiss Kiss, Mariachi El Bronx

Matthew Landis Piano, backing vocals 2008-2015, 2017 The Minor Arcana

Leslie Wacker Alto saxophone 2010-2012 Emperor Norton's Stationary Marching Band

Ken Thomson Baritone Saxophone, clarinet 2005-2010 Gutbucket, Asphalt Orchestra, Anti-Social Music, Signal[4]

Raja Azar Piano, backing vocals 2006-2010 Jollyship the Whiz-Bang

Benjamin Kotch Drums 1997–2007, 2010 Eve's Plum[5]

Lucky Strano Guitar 1996-2010 Morning Glory, Sewage, Devastation Wagon, Banner of Hope

Maura Corrigan Alto saxophone 1998-2010 Georgia Redcoat Marching Band, Mod Alpert

Brian Viglione Drums 2008-2009 The Dresden Dolls, Nine Inch Nails, HUMANWINE, Voltaire

Kevin Raczka Drums 2007-2008 Jollyship The Whiz-Bang, Hungry March Band

Ara Babajian Drums 2007 Leftöver Crack, The Slackers, Star Fucking Hipsters

Semra Ercin Percussion, bells, backing vocals 1996-2008 Chandeliers, kiss Slash Crooked Smile, Casa de Chihuahua, Kid Casanova[6]

Franz Nicolay Accordion, piano, backing vocals 2001-2008, 2010-2011 Guignol, The Hold Steady, Anti-Social Music, Against Me!,[7] Voltaire

Yula Beeri Electric bass, backing vocals 1999-2006 Nanuchka, Star Fucking Hipsters, Yula & the eXtended Family[8]

Karen Kanan Correa Bass, backing vocals, viola 2005-2006 Demander[9]

Gina Rodriguez (Moist Gina) Electric bass, backing vocals April–May 2005 Moisturizer

Erik Proft shouts 2007 Planned Collapse, Kama Rupa, Missing Foundation

Steve Paelet Electric bass 2002

Dan Bailey Baritone saxophone 1998-2005 Milk Money, The Grown-Ups, The Panic, The Maspeth Holders[10]

Kevin Corzett Tenor saxophone 2007-2008 Reverend Glasseye, Ketman, Walter Sickert and the Army of Broken Toys, Emperor Norton's Stationary Marching Band

John Moore Baritone saxophone 1997-1998

Brian Pearl Piano 2000-2001 Matt Pond PA

Ms. Xtal Chaos Tuba 1996-1998

Detroit Rios Percussion 1997-1998

Stephe Polier Tenor saxophone 1997-1999

Geoff Blythe Tenor saxophone 1999 Dexys Midnight Runners, The Bureau, Black 47, The TKO Horns[11][12]

Sam Burns Tenor Saxophone 1999-2000

Rio Glenn (Rio No ABC) Backing Vocals 1999-2000

Kika Von Kluck Backing vocals 1997-1998

Sioux Kovax Backing vocals 1996-1997 (graphics, 1994-2003)

Mike Wagner Trombone 1999 Antibalas, King Changó, Moshiach Oi!

Klaus Schank Trombone 1998 Scrapy

Lauren Black Trumpet 1997-1999 Kenn Firpo Rent Explosion, 1,000 Pounds of People[13]

David Patrikios Marimba, banjo 1997-1999 Serpico, Milhouse, Greensleep, The Realistics, The Flying Aces

Chris Leo Trombone 1997 The Van Pelt, The Sin Eaters, The Lapse, Native Nod

Dan Neustadt Piano, backing vocals

The Hold Steady

Jon Gilch Drums

Sticks and Stones[14]

Discography[edit] Albums[edit]

The True Story of the Bridgewater Astral League
The True Story of the Bridgewater Astral League
- 1997 Just the Best Party
Just the Best Party
- 2002 Red-Eyed Soul
Red-Eyed Soul
- 2006 Addicted to Bad Ideas: Peter Lorre's Twentieth Century - 2007 The Anarchy and the Ecstasy
The Anarchy and the Ecstasy
- 2011 This Packed Funeral - 2014 All Borders are Porous to Cats - 2018

Live/Compilation albums[edit]

East Coast Super Sound Punk of Today!
East Coast Super Sound Punk of Today!
(compilation) - 2000 Hallowmas: Live at Northsix - 2003


"Tattoos Fade" b/w "Nothing You Begin" –1994, Blue Ghost Records ("Tattoos Fade" was re-released on the East Coast Super Sound Punk of Today! compilation) "The Models and the Mannequins" b/w "Glamour Ghouls" – 1996, Gern Blandsten Records (both re-released on the East Coast Super Sound Punk of Today! compilation) "Our Candidate" b/w "All Of California And Everyone Who Lives There Stinks" – 1996, Gern Blandsten (both re-released on the East Coast Super Sound Punk of Today! compilation) "Pumpkin Time" b/w "Ich Errinere Mich An Weimar" – 1999, Gern Blandsten (both re-released on the East Coast Super Sound Punk of Today! compilation) "I Wouldn't Want to Live in a World without Grudges" b/w "All the World is a Stage (Dive)" – 2000, X-Mist Records (both re-recorded for Just the Best Party) Hallowmas 2010 – 2010, Chunksaah Records (7" disc distributed at Hallowmas 2010, featuring "Canonize Philip K. Dick, OK") 'This Packed Funeral' - 2013


International Smashism! - 2001 Speak of Brave Men - 2004 Me v. Angry Mob - 2005 Vox Inferne - 2010 Maps, Saints, & Just This Side of Way Too Much (live, 2 songs from "The Anarchy and The Ectasy") - 2012 Turnstile Comix #2 (three song EP released with a comic book) - 2013

Unreleased demos[edit]

A Demonstrational Introduction To The Astral Plane - 1996-1997 Powder Waves Goodbye Sessions - 2000 A Lexicon of Friends & Enemies - 2004 The New Americana Demos - 2008 3 Ring Brain and a Circus Heart - 2010[15]

Other appearances[edit]

CMJ New Music April 1997: Compilation with CMJ magazine, featuring "Our Candidate" Achtung Autobahn (2000): Benefit compilation featuring "Peter Lorre" Against Police Injustice (2003): Compilation featuring "Secret Service Freedom Fighting USA" Rock Against Bush, Vol. 1
Rock Against Bush, Vol. 1
(2004): Compilation featuring "The Expatriate Act" Fuck World Trade
Fuck World Trade
(2004): Album by Leftover Crack
Leftover Crack
with "Soon We'll Be Dead" Go-Kart vs. The Corporate Giant 4 (2006): Compilation featuring a live version of "Tattoos Fade" Hugs for Chelsea (2017): Complication featuring "Freedom is a Wilderness"


^ "Peter Ventantonio". BandToBand.com. Retrieved 2011-11-04.  ^ "P.E.D. Reunion 30 May 91". YouTube.com.  ^ "Peter Hess". BandToBand.com. Retrieved 2011-11-04.  ^ "Ken Thomson". BandToBand.com. Retrieved 2011-11-04.  ^ "Benjamin Kotch". BandToBand.com. Retrieved 2011-11-04.  ^ "Semra Ercin". BandToBand.com. Retrieved 2011-11-04.  ^ "Franz Nicolay". BandToBand.com. Retrieved 2011-11-04.  ^ Yula & The Extended Family Accessed 2011-11-13. ^ Demander Retrieved 2011-11-13. ^ "Dan Bailey". BandToBand.com. Retrieved 2011-11-04.  ^ "Ch. 12c: searching for the young red eyed soul rebels « Wackyhijinx's Blog". Wackyhijinx.wordpress.com. 2010-07-19. Retrieved 2011-11-04.  ^ "Geoffrey Blythe". BandToBand.com. Retrieved 2011-11-04.  ^ Ken Firpo Rent Explosion Retrieved 2011-11-13. ^ Jon Gilch Retrieved 2011-11-13. ^ "Albumgegevens". Facebook. Retrieved 2011-11-04. 

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