World Inferno Friendship Society, Hub City Stompers Live in NJ (4/2/17)

Sorry for the lack of updates lately, I’ve been a bit slow to post as I’m just starting to get back to work full time after an injury and am only allowed limited screen time, so it’s been difficult, but without further ado:

As I stated in a previous post, I headed to my ancestral homeland of New Jersey to catch The Dave Franklin Tribute Show(featuring H2O, Killing Time, etc) and the after show with Hub City Stompers and The World Inferno Friendship Society playing at Asbury’s intimate Wonder Bar.

Hub City Stompers:

After H2O’s set, I walked from the Convention Center over to The Wonder Bar, and Hub City Stompers were already a few songs in.  Self-dubbed “Ska for people who hate ska”, I’ve been listening to and seeing New Brunswick’s Hub City Stompers for well over a decade at this point, and they have never disappointed once in all the times I’ve seen them play.

Mixing elements of punk and hardcore with ska more in veins with 2 tone bands like The Specials and Madness, Hub City Stompers are one of the few bands that could open for bands such as The Toasters, Cro-Mags, or 70s punk band Menace and not be out of place at any of them.  Announcing that they have a new record that they’re working on currently, they played a few of the songs live while playing some off most of all their previous albums. Throwing in a few from the singer’s original band Inspecter 7, and a few covers as well, Hub City had plenty in the small crowd singing and skanking along.

Highlights: (From what I remember, not in order or complete)
Skins Don’t Cry
Little Julie Swastiska
Mass Appeal
Hub City Stompers (Inspecter 7)
Night Of The Living
The Take Back


World Inferno Friendship Society:

The World Inferno Friendship Society, the only collective of musicians who can get people to go from having a circle pit to waltzing in the course of a song.  Before the band even took the stage, people were passing out flags, throwing glitter, and throwing streamers.  I’ve been a fan for a long time now, and their shows could be considered nothing less of a circus, so it was awesome to be seeing them in such a small venue when they can get a decent showing of people at places like The First Unitarian Church or Union Transfer in Philly.

Taking the stage to their call to arms “Tattoos Fade”, World Inferno the ever eccentric World Inferno always plays a fun set.  Jack was his charming self, joking about how just a handful of us were actually at the hardcore show across the street, talking about how he didn’t fit in at all over there, but how his first band ever was actually with Vision’s vocalist Dave Franklin.

The band kept things lively, playing songs off of most of their releases to an enthusiastic crowd.  Even after a solid set, the crowd still couldn’t get enough with chants of “Meow” trying to get the band to play “Cats Are Not Lucky Creatures” (although unfortunately the band was out of time.  While I love their albums, World Inferno are one of those bands that you need to see live in order to truly appreciate.  They’ll be hitting Europe soon, so if you’re one of our EU (and UK…) readers, definitely go catch them.

Setlist (not in order or complete):
Tattoos Fade
A Night In The Woods
This Packed Funeral
Let’s Steal Everything
The Elegant Solution
The Velocity Of Love
Don’t Kiss Me, I’m Running Out Of Lipstick
American Mercurial
Just The Best Party
My Ancestral Homeland New Jersey
Thumb Cinema
Ladies And Gentlemen Of The Road
Politics Of Passing Out


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