Mind Equals Blown’s Jason Gardner recently caught up with Jack Terricloth, vocalist of The World/Inferno Friendship Society. They discuss Hallowmas, pumpkins, unreliable narrators, and a bit about music as well.
MEB: For the record, could you introduce yourself and your profession in The World/Inferno Friendship Society?
Terricloth: My name is Jack Terricloth. My calling in The World/Inferno is to proselytize, pontificate and point a lot in the organization. Very occasionally guitar playing is required but mostly not.
You’re fresh off a run of dates with The Phenomenauts, a jaunt leading up to your annual Hallowmas shows. How was the tour this time around?
We had a wonderful time with The ‘Nauts. In fact, here is a line drawing of the whole gang of us toasting Philip K. Dick that Captain Angel Nova drew and presented on our last gig together at the historic Hotel Congress in Tucson, Arizona:
It was a sad day when they had to leave us to return to their evil home planet of California but the pumpkin must be served and we needed to be in NYC to do that.
Given the band’s history, how much has touring changed, or perhaps stayed the same through the years?
I’m not sure what history you’re referring to Jason. Being attractive, talented and very fast? Could you clarify?
I mean with a heavy roster and a large number of touring musicians, does this make the job any easier or harder?
Oh that. Well, having done this more or less full time for almost fifteen years I’ve got to say we’ve gotten better at it- there is hardly a town in this damn country we don’t have friends in; very little fazes us and for the most part people now know not to fuck with us. The only thing I occasionally miss is the shock on people’s faces when we first start up- you know now they already know what to expect but there are always new kids and even though I can tell they’ve YouTubed it the girls are actually a lot more scary in real life.
The new ‘Society record The Anarchy and The Ecstasy came out earlier this year on Chunksaah Records. You’ve been known for drawing on history and socio-political ideas for your music. What were some things that inspired you this time and how did it play into the musical creation heard on this album?
Thanks for asking Jason. This record had some more true life tales of punk rock derring do on NYC streets about bands I bet you like. No one’s called me on the subjects yet so we’ll let that go on for a little while longer. We hit on two literary themes this time out:
Up in the Old Hotel: and Other Stories
|by Joseph Mitchell and the aforementioned Philip K. Dick and the record is bookended with being pissed about the recent past and laughing about the distant past which I like to think means that everything’s gonna work out.|
As far as the music is concerned, what would you say this album aimed for in terms of a sound or feel throughout these tracks? Are there some tracks that stand out to you after having some time to take in the release and being able to play some of them for your following?
After the bombast of our last effort Addicted To Bad Ideas and touring that for four years, we definitely wanted a more restrained effort but listening to it now, I’m not sure we got there. Turns out when you get up there the big black Gibsons get distorted and it’s hard not to yell to make a point. Of course there are some tracks that stand out but you know what? The kids knew all the words to the songs before the damn thing even came out and you never can know, and never should care what people are going to like.
Is there something in particular you hope that people take away from this record that perhaps they might not take away from previous efforts from the band?
Yes. That come on’s are permanent, goodbyes aren’t. That it’s always like this but it is always different. There is a Crooked Street in Plainville, NJ. Don’t trust me when I call you Jack, if I smile don’t turn your back. The lousy unreliable narrator sometimes isn’t.
While still a week or so away, the Hallowmas shows are one of the high points of the year for WIFS fans. What kinds of preparations have you been doing for these shows and how much do they mean to the band?
Hallowmas is THE high point of the year for the entirety of The World/Inferno Community. Special preparations include spending all our money on candy, a TV appearance, hours of ritual dancing, filling my apartment with so many pumpkins that I trip getting up to see who the hell is banging on my door – it’s usually a friend but not always. Really, the whole year is one long preparation for Halloween. Our New Years, our Easter, our Pesach.
What kind of support can we expect at these shows, and can we maybe ask you to spill a little bit about what we’ll see and hear this year?
Great and NO.
After those shows, you’ll be headed to Fun Fun Fun Fest. How does a band as diverse as this fit in in the fest circuit?
We’re opening for The Damned, what could be better than that?
What plans do you have after this?
To get up and do it again.
Anything else you’d like to add?