I’ve seen The World Inferno Friendship Society plenty of times over the years, but one of the most memorable was when they headlined Philly’s infamous First Unitarian Church basement back in 2011, and somebody pulled a fire alarm and the show ended early with the fire department showing up. There’s always something special about a church show basement, and it’s one of my favorite places to see these guys. I got to the basement right as Everymen was setting up and while not sold out, it was pretty packed out.
I’ve never heard of Florida’s Everymen before, but damn did they throw one of the most entertaining sets I’ve seen in a very long time. While setting up, the band threw balloon and party favors into the crowd which were promptly blown up and hit around for the entirety of their sound check throughout their entire set. Who knew that 10 bucks at Party City could go such a long way at a punk show?
These folk punks armed with guitars, a banjo, violin, accordion, bull fiddle, drums and a mandolin reminded me a lot of bands such as Days N Daze and Philly locals (R.I.P Erik Petersen) Mischief Brew. Everymen played an incredibly lively set, constantly joked with the crowd and at one point started a cover of TLC’s “No Scrubs”. The highlight was when they armed the crowd with an absurd amount of pool noodles and had the room split in two, charge each other for a full blown noodle fight before jumping into the pit themselves and having a limbo contest with their double bass during their final song. Everymen is definitely an experience that needs to be witnessed live, one of the most fun sets I’ve seen.
World Inferno Friendship Society
As I’ve stated before, I’ve seen The World Inferno Friendship Society countless times over the years, and not once have they ever failed to deliver a fun party. If you’re not familiar with the band, they play energetic punk mixed with cabaret influences with the occasional waltz thrown in, and it’s always amazing to see a room full of punks stage diving and slam dancing suddenly break out into a traditional waltz. Yes, I realize it sounds weird as fuck, but that’s the beauty of it.
Jack Terricloth and company took the stage and immediately broke out into their call to arms that they open almost every show with “Tattoos Fade”, which was met with lively enthusiasm. With barely enough room on the stage to house all the members of the Brooklyn collective, The World Inferno Friendship Society ripped through a solid set spanning all of their albums, even throwing in older numbers such as “Models and Mannequins”.
While all of their albums are good and I listen to the records all the time, World Inferno is definitely one of those bands that you need to see live in order to truly appreciate. If the cabaret circus comes around your parts, definitely go catch them, they throw just the best party.
Let’s Steal Everything
I Am Sick Of People Being Sick Of My Shit
Don’t Kiss Me, I’m Running Out Of Lipstick
Second Chance Saloon
The Apple Was Eve
Fiend In Wien
Models And Mannequins
The Elegant Solution
Addicted To Bad Ideas
Heart Attack ’64
The Naughty Little Rat Makes Friends
Me Vs. The Angry Mob
Only Anarchists Are Pretty
Brother Of The Mayor Of Bridgewater
Your Younger Man
Zen And The Art Of Breaking Everything In This Room