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THE WORLD/INFERNO FRIENDSHIP SOCIETY (also referred to as "WORLD INFERNO", or "INFERNO") is a band from Brooklyn
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, 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
Germany
, Peter Lorre , Jeffrey Lee Pierce of The Gun Club , Paul Robeson
Paul Robeson
, Leni Riefenstahl
Leni Riefenstahl
, Dante Alighieri , Philip K. Dick , and Jonathan Fire*Eater .

CONTENTS

* 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

The World/Inferno Friendship Society's annual Halloween
Halloween
show, Hallowmas, is its most-anticipated performance of the year. 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 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

CURRENT MEMBERS

NAME INSTRUMENT(S) YEARS OTHER GROUPS

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

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

PREVIOUS MEMBERS

Personnel 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
Balkan Beat Box
, Capital M, The Peter Hess Quartet, 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
Baritone Saxophone
, clarinet 2005-2010 Gutbucket
Gutbucket
, Asphalt Orchestra, Anti-Social Music , Signal

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

Benjamin Kotch Drums 1997–2007, 2010 Eve\'s Plum

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
The Dresden Dolls
, Nine Inch Nails , HUMANWINE , Voltaire

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

Ara Babajian
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

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

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

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

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
Baritone saxophone
1998-2005 Milk Money, The Grown-Ups, The Panic, The Maspeth Holders

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
Dexys Midnight Runners
, The Bureau , Black 47 , The TKO Horns

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
Antibalas
, King Changó , Moshiach Oi!
Moshiach Oi!

Klaus Schank Trombone 1998 Scrapy

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

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

DISCOGRAPHY

ALBUMS

* The True Story of the Bridgewater Astral League - 1997 * Just the Best Party - 2002 * Red-Eyed Soul - 2006 * Addicted to Bad Ideas: Peter Lorre\'s Twentieth Century - 2007 * The Anarchy and the Ecstasy - 2011 * This Packed Funeral - 2014 * All Borders are Porous to Cats' - 2017

LIVE/COMPILATION ALBUMS

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

SINGLES

* "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

EPS

* International Smashism! - 2001 * Speak of Brave Men - 2004 * Me v. Angry Mob - 2005 * Vo