World/Inferno Friendship Society, O'Death, Wild Yaks | Reggies’ Rock Club | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader

World/Inferno Friendship Society, O'Death, Wild Yaks 17+ Early Warnings (Music) Soundboard Recommended

When: Thu., Nov. 29, 8 p.m. 2012

If you're a fan of, say, Gogol Bordello or Mucca Pazza or the Dresden Dolls or any group based on the fusion of a punk/DIY aesthetic with klezmer, cabaret, Gypsy music, circus-style marching-band pageantry, and an approach to stage shows that involves getting as many people up there as possible, but somehow you've missed out on the World/Inferno Friendship Society  . . . well, you've missed out significantly, given that the band formed in 1996. Despite the cerebral nature of their writing, the Brooklyn collective has always worked best and most consistently as a live act—studio releases are generally an afterthought, and last year's The Anarchy and the Ecstasy (Chunksaah) was only their fifth proper full-length. It's a good one, though—the ripping opener, "I'm Sick of People Being Sick of My Shit," is one of World/Inferno's most infectious, and "Canonize Philip K. Dick, OK" is a compelling protest song for people too cynical for protest songs. By the time the album came out, the band had shed three long-term members since 2007's Addicted to Bad Ideas: Peter Lorre's Twentieth Century, and perhaps as a result The Anarchy and the Ecstasy has a tinge of melancholy. The release they're hawking now, which could easily sell out by the end of this tour, is a limited-edition seven-inch EP recorded during one of their famous New York Hallowmas concerts, accompanied by their very own issue of Mitch Clem's Turnstile Comix. —Monica Kendrick O'Death and Wild Yaks open.

Price: $15

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