World Inferno Friendship Society

Artist bio

The World/Inferno Friendship Society is a rotating cabaret of punk, ska, and gospel music. Based in Brooklyn, NY, the band augments its vaudevillian sound with multiple instruments and a mayhem-inducing live presence.

The Brooklyn-based collective formed in the late-'90s and has seen over 30 members move through its ranks, including former members of Dexy's Midnight Runners. Singer Jack Terricloth, drummer Benjamin Kotch, and guitarist Lucky Strano have been the most constant members of the Society, which generally consists of 9-10 members at any given time.

The World/Inferno Friendship Society released their debut CD, The True Story of the Bridgewater Astral League, on the New Jersey-based indie Gern Blandsten in 1997. They followed that with The East Coast Super Sound Punk of Today! (which featured the track "All of California and Everyone Who Lives There Stinks") and April 2002's Just the Best Party. The live album Hallowmas Live at Northsix appeared in August 2003. Three years later, the group returned with the EP Speak of Brave Men in January and the full-length Red-Eyed Soul that July, the latter marking their debut on Chunksaah.