The World/Inferno Friendship Society

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The World/Inferno Friendship Society
Jack Terricloth.jpg
The lead singer of the band, Jack Terricloth
Background information
Origin Brooklyn, New York, USA
Genres Punk rock
Punk cabaret
Circus punk
Years active 1996–present
Labels Alternative Tentacles
Chunksaah Records
Go-kart Records Europe
Gern Blandsten Records
The Company With The Golden Arm
Members Jack Terricloth
Sandra Malak
Francis Morin
Mora Precarious
Scott Hollingsworth
Aaron Hammes
Rafael Calderon
Jeffrey Young
Benjamin Reichman

The World/Inferno Friendship Society (also referred to as "World Inferno", or "Inferno") is a band from Brooklyn, New York. Its style merges punk, soul, klezmer and jazz, while its collective membership features horns, piano and guitar and has a membership of about 40 players, of whom only about seven to ten active members usually perform at a time. The group is led by singer Jack Terricloth, who has been the only constant during the group's history. Terricloth is known for his pointed commentary during shows; his monologues have touched on politics and his transformation from the "old school".

Its lyrics often concern historical or biographical subjects, such as Weimar-era Germany, Peter Lorre, Jeffrey Lee Pierce of The Gun Club, Paul Robeson, Leni Riefenstahl, Dante Alighieri, Philip K. Dick, and Jonathan Fire*Eater.


The World/Inferno Friendship Society's annual Halloween show, Hallowmas, is its most-anticipated performance of the year.[citation needed] The event is known for its elaborate planning and surprises. Past Hallowmases have included a burning effigy of Mr. Terricloth constructed and set alight by a large, caustic cat; an ethereal string quartet performing throughout the evening in the rear of the hall; circus performances and fire breathing by the Odd Child Uprising troupe and a cadaverous marching band materializing on stage for the finale, "Pumpkin Time". The song (performed only at Hallowmas shows) includes street rallies, and references The Great Pumpkin from the Peanuts comic strip.

While the band has had over 30 members come and go, Terricloth has maintained that they have always been more of a gang than an actual band. Many members, current and former, continue to collaborate with the group, but do not join them on tour.


Current Members[edit]

Name Instrument(s) Years Other groups
Jack Terricloth Lead vocals, guitar, misc. instruments 1996-present Sticks and Stones,[1] P.E.D.[2]
Sandra Malak Bass, vocals 2006-present The Working Mothers, SHLSHKD, Twitcher, Pipsqueak
Frank Morin Guitar 2010-present Serpenteens, Voltaire
Mora Precarious Drums 2010-present Ketman, Trabants
Aaron Hammes Baritone Saxophone, vocals 2012-present The Del Moroccos, Deal's Gone Bad, The Stranger
Scott Hollingsworth Piano, Producer, programming 1996-2000, 2012-present Sticks and Stones, Product, The Blue Jackets
Rafael Calderon Trumpet 2014-present The Bandulos, Rising Sun Gang, DYT
Jeffrey Young Violin 2014-present thingNY, Valerie Kuehne and the Wasps Nests
Benjamin Reichman Trumpet, guitar 2017-present Off Target, Future Ghosts, Glowing-Eyed Friends, DYT

Previous Members[edit]

Name Instrument(s) Years Other groups
Peter Hess Tenor saxophone, clarinet, percussion 1998-2011, 2013-2014 Guignol, Slavic Soul Party, Anti-Social Music, Balkan Beat Box, Capital M, The Peter Hess Quartet,[3] Asphalt Orchestra
Rebecca Schlappich Violin 2011-2015 Kiss Kiss, Mariachi El Bronx
Matthew Landis Piano, backing vocals 2008-2015, 2017- The Minor Arcana
Leslie Wacker Alto saxophone 2010-2012 Emperor Norton's Stationary Marching Band
Ken Thomson Baritone Saxophone, clarinet 2005-2010 Gutbucket, Asphalt Orchestra, Anti-Social Music, Signal[4]
Raja Azar Piano, backing vocals 2006-2010 Jollyship the Whiz-Bang
Benjamin Kotch Drums 1997–2007, 2010 Eve's Plum[5]
Lucky Strano Guitar 1996-2010 Morning Glory, Sewage, Devastation Wagon, Banner of Hope
Maura Corrigan Alto saxophone 1998-2010 Georgia Redcoat Marching Band, Mod Alpert
Brian Viglione Drums 2008-2009, 2018 The Dresden Dolls, Nine Inch Nails, HUMANWINE, Voltaire
Kevin Raczka Drums 2007-2008 Jollyship The Whiz-Bang, Hungry March Band
Ara Babajian Drums 2007 Leftöver Crack, The Slackers, Star Fucking Hipsters
Semra Ercin Percussion, bells, backing vocals 1996-2008 Chandeliers, kiss Slash Crooked Smile, Casa de Chihuahua, Kid Casanova[6]
Franz Nicolay Accordion, piano, backing vocals 2001-2008, 2010-2011 Guignol, The Hold Steady, Anti-Social Music, Against Me!,[7] Voltaire
Yula Beeri Electric bass, backing vocals 1999-2006 Nanuchka, Star Fucking Hipsters, Yula & the eXtended Family[8]
Karen Kanan Correa Bass, backing vocals, viola 2005-2006 Demander[9]
Gina Rodriguez (Moist Gina) Electric bass, backing vocals April–May 2005 Moisturizer
Erik Proft shouts 2007 Planned Collapse, Kama Rupa, Missing Foundation
Steve Paelet Electric bass 2002
Dan Bailey Baritone saxophone 1998-2005 Milk Money, The Grown-Ups, The Panic, The Maspeth Holders[10]
Kevin Corzett Tenor saxophone 2007-2008 Reverend Glasseye, Ketman, Walter Sickert and the Army of Broken Toys, Emperor Norton's Stationary Marching Band
John Moore Baritone saxophone 1997-1998
Brian Pearl Piano 2000-2001 Matt Pond PA
Ms. Xtal Chaos Tuba 1996-1998
Detroit Rios Percussion 1997-1998
Stephe Polier Tenor saxophone 1997-1999
Geoff Blythe Tenor saxophone 1999 Dexys Midnight Runners, The Bureau, Black 47, The TKO Horns[11][12]
Sam Burns Tenor Saxophone 1999-2000
Rio Glenn (Rio No ABC) Backing Vocals 1999-2000
Kika Von Kluck Backing vocals 1997-1998
Sioux Kovax Backing vocals 1996-1997 (graphics, 1994-2003)
Mike Wagner Trombone 1999 Antibalas, King Changó, Moshiach Oi!
Klaus Schank Trombone 1998 Scrapy
Lauren Black Trumpet 1997-1999 Kenn Firpo Rent Explosion, 1,000 Pounds of People[13]
David Patrikios Marimba, banjo 1997-1999 Serpico, Milhouse, Greensleep, The Realistics, The Flying Aces
Chris Leo Trombone 1997 The Van Pelt, The Sin Eaters, The Lapse, Native Nod
Dan Neustadt Piano, backing vocals The Hold Steady
Jon Gilch Drums Sticks and Stones[14]



Live/Compilation albums[edit]


  • "Tattoos Fade" b/w "Nothing You Begin" –1994, Blue Ghost Records ("Tattoos Fade" was re-released on the East Coast Super Sound Punk of Today! compilation)
  • "The Models and the Mannequins" b/w "Glamour Ghouls" – 1996, Gern Blandsten Records (both re-released on the East Coast Super Sound Punk of Today! compilation)
  • "Our Candidate" b/w "All Of California And Everyone Who Lives There Stinks" – 1996, Gern Blandsten (both re-released on the East Coast Super Sound Punk of Today! compilation)
  • "Pumpkin Time" b/w "Ich Errinere Mich An Weimar" – 1999, Gern Blandsten (both re-released on the East Coast Super Sound Punk of Today! compilation)
  • "I Wouldn't Want to Live in a World without Grudges" b/w "All the World is a Stage (Dive)" – 2000, X-Mist Records (both re-recorded for Just the Best Party)
  • Hallowmas 2010 – 2010, Chunksaah Records (7" disc distributed at Hallowmas 2010, featuring "Canonize Philip K. Dick, OK")
  • 'This Packed Funeral' - 2013


  • International Smashism! - 2001
  • Speak of Brave Men - 2004
  • Me v. Angry Mob - 2005
  • Vox Inferne - 2010
  • Maps, Saints, & Just This Side of Way Too Much (live, 2 songs from "The Anarchy and The Ectasy") - 2012
  • Turnstile Comix #2 (three song EP released with a comic book) - 2013

Unreleased demos[edit]

  • A Demonstrational Introduction To The Astral Plane - 1996-1997
  • Powder Waves Goodbye Sessions - 2000
  • A Lexicon of Friends & Enemies - 2004
  • The New Americana Demos - 2008
  • 3 Ring Brain and a Circus Heart - 2010[15]

Other appearances[edit]

  • CMJ New Music April 1997: Compilation with CMJ magazine, featuring "Our Candidate"
  • Achtung Autobahn (2000): Benefit compilation featuring "Peter Lorre"
  • Against Police Injustice (2003): Compilation featuring "Secret Service Freedom Fighting USA"
  • Rock Against Bush, Vol. 1 (2004): Compilation featuring "The Expatriate Act"
  • Fuck World Trade (2004): Album by Leftover Crack with "Soon We'll Be Dead"
  • Go-Kart vs. The Corporate Giant 4 (2006): Compilation featuring a live version of "Tattoos Fade"
  • Hugs for Chelsea (2017): Complication featuring "Freedom is a Wilderness"


  1. ^ "Peter Ventantonio". Retrieved 2011-11-04. 
  2. ^ "P.E.D. Reunion 30 May 91". 
  3. ^ "Peter Hess". Retrieved 2011-11-04. 
  4. ^ "Ken Thomson". Retrieved 2011-11-04. 
  5. ^ "Benjamin Kotch". Retrieved 2011-11-04. 
  6. ^ "Semra Ercin". Retrieved 2011-11-04. 
  7. ^ "Franz Nicolay". Retrieved 2011-11-04. 
  8. ^ Yula & The Extended Family Archived 2012-12-25 at Accessed 2011-11-13.
  9. ^ Demander Archived 2011-10-04 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved 2011-11-13.
  10. ^ "Dan Bailey". Retrieved 2011-11-04. 
  11. ^ "Ch. 12c: searching for the young red eyed soul rebels « Wackyhijinx's Blog". 2010-07-19. Retrieved 2011-11-04. 
  12. ^ "Geoffrey Blythe". Retrieved 2011-11-04. 
  13. ^ Ken Firpo Rent Explosion Retrieved 2011-11-13.
  14. ^ Jon Gilch Retrieved 2011-11-13.
  15. ^ "Albumgegevens". Facebook. Retrieved 2011-11-04. 

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