I've mentioned the World/Inferno Friendship Society before, but don't think I've blogged a track. So, here goes. The WIFS are a band from Brooklyn NY, by way of NJ, that are emphatically NOT part of the "hot new Brooklyn sound." Yes, they are rockers. Yes, you can dance to it. But lump them in with the hipster bands and yer likely to have a whole mob of angry WIFS fans calling foul. Nominally, they're a Ska band, mixing in healthy doeses of cabaret theatrics - weimar chords and all, goth sensibilities, and a fair dose of Klezmer riffs. It's great stuff.
These two tracks are in sequence from a live album - listen in order to have the second song introduced! (if you actually care about such things)
The World/Inferno Friendship Society - Peter Lorre (Live @ NorthSix, 10/31/02) Let's open things up with a straight ahead, stomping rocker - not much to say about this track, except that it's a hell of a lot of fun.
The World/Inferno Friendship Society - Younger Man (Live @ NorthSix, 10/31/02) There's something jarring about the idea of a Ska ballad. It seems fundamentally wrong on so many levels, for what is, in essence, happy dance music, to try it's hand at tenderness, at restraint, at emotion. But the WIFS, intent on ignoring instinct, or perhaps going on it, have gone and written one anyway. And for what it is, it's beautiful. The story of a man looking back, a decade on from a relationship with an older woman, recalling it. it's a tale of lost innocence, of resignation, wondering what could have been, and yet, it's also utterly spiteful, a song full of that unique sort of venom that having mellowed, only becomes entrenched. It's bittersweet, and all the more powerful for the decade of distance in it's voice.
The World/Inferno Friendship Society - Pumpkin Time (Live @ NorthSix, 10/31/02) An encore that careens wildly between 50's rocker, riotous ska, bizarre carnival dirge, and a healthy dose of Halloween Preachin', this encore captures better than any other single track from the WIFS's live album just how insane and schizophrenic a band they are. And how can you NOT love a song that demands that you declare your belief in the Great Pumpkin?
In other news, I'm thinking about switching over to one of Bloggers shiny new templates. Whadaya think?
And I'm still sick, but in my fever induced semi hallucinatory state (I spent 20 minutes this morning trying to unlock my apartment with my car keys...), I was struck by an idea, unsure if it's ever been done. We've seen the Concept Album born, killed, killed again, butchered, roasted, spat upon, and eventually revived in some corners (by the likes of the Streets, The Magnetic Fields, etc.) But have we ever seen something along the lines of a concept compilation? Drawing from musically diverse sources to patch together a story? Is it a project worth undertaking over the course of a week or two?
All I know right now is how it ends.