World/Inferno Friendship Society Red-Eyed Soul

There’s no denying that there’s something very intriguing about a band called the World/Inferno Friendship Society. Sounding like some kind of cult, they don’t give anything away about their music and by describing their band as a cult-like, circus-related, Halloween-tent-revival orchestra, they’ve already defined themselves as something of a novelty and that can be a tough novelty to overcome. But even a cursory listen to Red-Eyed Soul does help understand the point they are trying to make because it is hard to categorise their music into one convenient genre. Sure, there’s a punk attitude which permeates the lyrics, while the three saxophones add a ska-tinged punch to most songs. And the accordion? That just makes things even more confusing, as does the traditional Jewish influence that crops up from time to time. The easiest comparison might be Rocket from the Crypt, who had a similar pedal-to-the-metal philosophy and that’s something that is apparently true of the Society’s live show. And it is easy to imagine the band excelling on stage where this kind of anarchic din could really come alive. On record, however, it is a little exhausting to listen to and while Red-Eyed Soul might act as a welcome memento for fans who saw the band live — others will listen with bewilderment, wondering what all the fuss is about. (Chunksaah)