NYC’s disturbingly cult-like, circus-related, Halloween-tent-revival orchestra, The World/Inferno Friendship Society performed at The Green Parrot on Thursday, February 9, at 10 p.m.
The longstanding Brooklyn-based collective plays cabaret punk with a style that merges punk, soul, klezmer and jazz, while its collective membership features horns, piano and guitar. The ensemble has over 30 members with about up to nine or 10 members performing at a time. You’ll find the Society in full form, complete with tight horn arrangements, slinky piano, rockabilly-primed bass and guitar, and full-throated dual male-female vocals.
More than a rock band with a horn section, The World/Inferno Friendship Society seems to be a relic of a forgotten time; the group’s jubilant DIY ethic mixed with eclectic world music taste pays tribute to the old New York Moon Ska scene. Led by the dapper and strange Jack Terricloth, the band is a group of punks who like to dress nice, with a fashion sense located in that meeting point of mod, punk, rockabilly, swing kid and old-time Euro threads. But it’s not just a fashion statement that they want to make. Their music is sophisticated, impeccably arranged and dynamic.