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World/Inferno Friendship Society Concert Review

Posted in Concert Reviews with tags , , , , on April 26, 2009 by dillonator
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photo: polstarphotography.com

I didn’t really know what to expect from the World/Inferno Friendship Society.  I went there on a recommendation from a friend, and a fairly ambivalent recommendation at that.  But I watched some videos online, read some background info, and felt like they could be interesting.

How could I not have been into these guys?  They call themselves “circus punk!”  Could it be any more up my alley?

Frontman Jack Terricloth’s Sinatra-as-vampiric-protopunk mesmerized the audience with lyrics alternatively growled and howled (Nick Cave was 13 when Terricloth was born; is it possible for a 13-year-old to father a child?), while behind him, his tight sixpiece-tonight band rollicked from klezmer to waltz with the fury of the Stooges and the horn section of Dexy’s Midnight Runner.

Like I said, I didn’t know exactly what to expect, so it was by sheer luck that I happened to be near the back of the Ottobar last night when Terricloth hit the stage.  Had I been just a few feet closer to the stage, I would have been trampled by the sudden rush of punks in a shovy mood.  Never have I seen such a sudden, synchronized moshpit.

That should have been my first warning: these were the Infernites.

What was particularly cool about the show was the audience participation.  World Inferno has a following that could easily be described as cult-like:  one kid I met at the show claimed it was his 50th time seeing them live, and a quick glance at their forum shows how much of a community they are, with rides and sleeping arrangements being organized online.  With all this in mind, it’s little wonder that the crowd acted like they did.

I felt like I was at a midnight showing of the Rocky Horror Picture Show.  Without any cues from the band, audience members would all perform certain dances during certain songs, form a circle during others, and thrash their damn brains out during others.  The unexpected highlight for me was when the crowd suddenly paired up and started waltzing, couples crashing into each other in a whirling frenzy, like a drunken Muppets sketch.

And, at one point, I’m pretty sure I saw someone throw some money into the circle of death.  Was he trying to play craps?  Pretty awesome.

Check out the live video of “Me vs. Angry Mob,” taking special note of Terricloth’s sweet moves at 2:40.  You’ll be running for Hallowmas in no time.

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Death Set @ Ottobar tonight (3/13) $10

Posted in Upcoming Shows with tags , , , , on March 13, 2009 by dillonator

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For those of you not interested in getting silly with Gregg Gillis, may I offer an alternative?  Or, if you’re feeling sassypants, an afterparty?

The Death Set, formerly of Baltimore, and before that Australia, will be making the trek from distant Philadelphia to destroy their old stamping grounds with their unique mix of snot-nosed punkisms and electronic bleep-bloop-itudes.

Also, I often see “Death Set” in the same sentence as “spazzy.”

Expect to be eye-to-eye with the ground-level pounders.  Expect to drape your arms around Beau Velasco and Johnny Siera and sing along to “Around the World.”  Expect to have a good time.

They were Baltimore City Paper’s Best Live Band of 2007.  UK’s NME magazine called them the “#1 biggest hope of the future.”

They’re coming home.  Buy ’em a Boh.

Opening are similarly-minded noise rockers Team Robespierre, hip-hopping Death Set remixers Ninjasonik, poorly-named New Yorkers Cerebral Ballzy, and upbeat party maestro Totally Michael.

Sidenote: I totally love Totally Michael.  He’s like Andrew W.K., but without all the yelling.  His songs are about birthday parties, 90’s computer games, and high school clique rivalries (but in a good way!).  He makes smiles.  He’s a machine, you input corny keyboard hooks, he outputs smiles.

Matt & Kim @ the Ottobar Thurs 2/24 $10

Posted in Upcoming Shows with tags , , , on February 24, 2009 by dillonator

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Brooklyn’s pop-punk cutie-pie first couple Matt & Kim are coming back to Baltimore!

They’ll be headlining the Ottobar this Thursday, only $10, and gosh, I just can’t wait!

The creatively named duo are sure to win over audiences with their combination of cartoonishly simple hooks and even-more-cartoonishly upbeat attitude.  While their albums contain no eye-opening truths or epiphanal musical breakthroughs, there are enough catchy tunes to keep any but the most jaded fan happy…just not for more than one or two listens.  Their lack of depth is their greatest weakness, just as it is their greatest strength.

That being said, they’re sure to put on another great live show.  You don’t need phenomenal lyrics to keep an audience moving; nay, ass-shaking is only hindered by thought-making.

Opening are locals Sick Weapons and hip-as-hell hipster hip-hopper Hollywood Holt, whose remix of M&K’s “It’s a Fact” might be the only reason I gave them a chance in the first place.

While I can’t 100% vouch for their albums on the whole, their live shows are a different story altogether.  If you aren’t soaked in at least one bodily fluid by the end of the night, I’ll buy you a beer.  If you’re soaked in more than one, well, I’ll buy you a beer anyway, because…well…sweat’s fine, but…my bad.

Give ’em a listen, see what you think, and then come find me on Thursday.  I’ll be the sweaty guy doing the headbang equivalent to the soul-clap.

[The editors would like to apologize for the excessive alliteration three paragraphs ago, and assure readers that it will not happen again.]