THE WORLD/INFERNO FRIENDSHIP SOCIETY
Gallows Bound, The P'ids
The World/Inferno Friendship Society
Now entering its startling 48th year as a secret society, and 25th as an internationally touring cabaret, the World/Inferno Friendship Society is more global, actively on-fire, gregarious, and social than ever before in its illustrious history. On the back of its forthcoming seventh full-length LP/sequel to the Anarchist Cookbook, the Society looks to reassume recognition as humanitarian organization, death cult, and punk rock orchestra. The title of the new album, “All Borders Are Porous to Cats,” is both a call to arms to the undocumented and their co-conspirators, and a musical warning to those who police imaginary lines on maps.
The comparisons to W/IFS (dubbed “whiffs” by the venerable Dick Lucas of Subhumans for the swift whiffing sound the band makes while playing their instruments) have been many: The Clash being forced to play wind instruments, Crass on ketamine, or the Buena Vista Social Club if they were not old Cuban men, but a perennially angry collective of East Coast radicals.
It’s not a matter of if, but when the World Inferno is coming to your town, and preparations are simple: your finest evening wear, a complete and utter lack of inhibitions, and a willingness, no, a mandate, to have the finest night of your life. Take a partner in one hand and raise the other in a fist, listen to the rumbling floor toms and the accordion, saxophone, trumpet, violin blare, and welcome the World…Inferno…Friendship…Society!
Formed in 2012 in Winchester VA, GALLOWS BOUND consists of a group of six childhood friends who all grew up together in their local punk scene. When they weren’t thrashing in their former punk and metal bands, they would play acoustic instruments at house parties, bonfires, and basements. Although deeply rooted in the traditional bluegrass of their home in Virginia, GALLOWS BOUND has a strong affection for their upbringing in punk rock and stitches their influences together in a blazing fury of Appalachian Punk Bluegrass. The band thumbs their nose at tradition in every sense which allows them to weave through many different scenes. Pushing the boundaries in all genres, their diverse range has landed GALLOWS BOUND on varying stages from iconic country landmark Gruene Hall in Texas to NYC’s legendary punk house C-Squat. They have been touring the U.S. feverishly, playing over 300 shows in two years and hitting every city possible from coast to coast. In between tours, GALLOWS BOUND was able to hit the recording studio and releasing their newest EP “APPALACHIAN WITCH” in Spring 2017.