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The Great Spontanaen, A Tale Told In Five Acts

Halloween Records
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Rating: 4/5

 
 

 

 
Do you ever worry the world is going to end thanks to some combination of hyper-caffeinated anxiety, extreme internet usage, and a constantly shifting definition of what a “good American” is? well regardless of whether you have Telethon have arrived with the sprawling new punk rock opera, The Grand Spontanean, heralding these fears and bringing a sense of weird, beautiful levity to all those who listen. The Grand Spontanean is a cosmic trip of punk rock filtered through straight up rock n’ roll, anthemic power pop and every other style in which they could meld their sound into that has resulted in a true blue five act rock opera about a self-centred, internet addicted twenty-something realizing the world’s about to end in a storm of noise and chaos.
 
ACT I: Bad Reputation
 
The Great Spontanean is not a regular punk rock release, this is a sprawling punk rock opera that is played out over five acts, The Signal is fine who-esque introduction that bleeds into the epic power pop of Apocalypse When and Succinct The Optimist , the latter of which contains a distinct waft of Weezer. Doctor and He’s Right bring a welcome touch of rock ‘n roll to The Great Optimist and the excellent The Paranoid Blur brings a manic ska influence as the story starts to unfold in earnest. Act I is brought to a close with the melancholy Tiny Rushes and the paranoid psychedelic surreality of The Page At The End Of The Internet.
 
ACT II: Cold Sweat
 
Punctuation! opens Act II with some frantic stripped down punk rock topped off with guitar riffs that invoke the ghost of Thin Lizzy, the epic Wrung slowly builds the pace and across it’s eight minutes. Flatpack brings a piano led element of baroque ‘n roll into The Grand Spontanean, whilst the theatrical A Martyr’s View From The View At The Marriott Marquis segues into a reprise of The Page At The End Of The Internet. When compared to Act I you get the distinct feeling that that Act II is building the narrative and allowing the story to expand, something that is an essential element of any good rock opera.
 
ACT III: Fight Or Fall
 
The dark opening chords and overture of Underture indicate we’re into the meat and bones of this tale, Temporarily kicks back into power pop rock territory before Stillwave initially brings us a touch of heartland rock, it also includes the impossible not to love lyric of ‘beating down the gates of Disneyland’, this just shy of ten minute epic ebbs and flows constantly whilst The Imporable New Sensations continues the country element that has pervaded Act III. Generator, Until The Ball Stops and My Second To Last Monday bring Act III to a close and keep the country feel, but they incorporates punk rhythms and a ska beat into it’s mix, which is not a combination I think I have encountered being blended together before. 
 
ACT IV:Running Back
 
Notches On The Scale opens Act IV with an almost evangelical feel before The Runner’s High brings us back firmly into a punkier moment. The Sudden Walk provides a brief narrative prior to On Companionship providing a brief nod to either Paul McCartney or James Bond, depending on your viewpoint, prior to an earnest build up of country influenced rock. A brief Weezer influenced number, The Weirdness Flows, precedes Act IV’s finale, Dick Clark’s New Years Rockin’ Eve that builds up to the end of the world with a dark and chaotic blast that takes us into the final act, and towards the end of the world as we know it.
 
ACT V: Remembering
 
A Choice! reveals that the world did not stop spinning and gives you the option of how to end the album, if you let the album spin rather than choosing one of the trio of options you get Firebrand, the pessimistic option, a return to the power pop influenced rock that has characterised my favourite musical elements of this album. Thirty Seconds Of Silence, a track that does exactly what it says in the title punctuates the endings, and Fruitbat, the optimistic option for the end of The Great Spontanean, combines the country and heartland themes that have been a regular fixture of the album
 
Joining Telethon on the record is an impressive list of their friends and idols, including the likes of Laura Stevenson, Chris Farren, Franz Nicolay and Peter Hess of The World/Inferno Friendship Society and Roger Lima of Less Than Jake. Like Green Day‘s American Idiot and Fat Mike‘s Home Street Home before it, The Grand Spontanean is taking punk rock into the theatrical arena, I always get nervous when I hear the words concept album, the thought of the ghost of prog rock rearing it’s ugly head is not something I want to contemplate, thankfully on The Great Spontanean this is not something I have to worry about, yes this is self indulgent in places but what else would you expect from a ninety minute five act punk rock opera?
 
The greatest compliment you can pay to The Grand Spontanean is that the songs are equally at home being buried in a shuffle, although the album asks that the deity of your choice takes mercy on your weary soul if you choose this option, as they are played out as part of this grand punk rock opera. Telethon have unleashed a sprawling five act album that it’s very hard to fault, elements of punk rock sit alongside power pop, ska, psyche, country and a few hard rock flourishes, and pretty much everything else in between, to create and epic and truly original release. The Grand Spontanean is sprawling, ridiculous, eccentric and overblown, and if I’m honest I loved every minute of it.
 
The Great Spontanean can be pre-ordered here
 
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Emilyn Brodsky

Emilyn Brodsky's Digestion

Dead Stare Records
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Rating: 4/5

 
 

 

 

This is New York songstress Emilyn Brodsky‘s third album, charmingly titled Emilyn Brodsky’s Digestion, which follows on quite logically on from her 2014 sophomore album, Emilyn Brodsky Eats Her Feelings. Her latest recording brings back many of the familiar collaborators from her previous releases, including members of The Hold SteadyThe World/Inferno Friendship Society, Balkan Beat Box and Pearl and the Beard. Her style is self described as “creepy comfy folk pop” and whilst I’m not going to argue with her, I think there’s a lot more under the surface of her songwriting than that description indicates.

The album opens with the subtle charms of Sadists, the haunting, and slightly sinister, opener is delivered with a slightly unsettling combination of ukulele and saxophone, along with the lightest of percussive touches. After the gentle opener you get the slightly more abrasive Origami Cranes, in contrast this has a dark, yet strangely mellow, post punk feel to it. The glorious single, You Read Me Wrong, is my personal highlight of the albumit has an unashamed and authentic ’50’s rock ‘n roll feel to it, but as with every other track on this album, it is delivered with her own inimitable style. Every track on Emilyn Brodsky’s Digestion draws on different influences and has it’s own distinct character, this is an album that incorporates numerous elements and spans countless genres, but it’s all done in a laid back style, there is rock ‘n roll, post punk and folk punk, to name but a few of the influences on this album, all of which are delivered with a perfect pop sensibility.

The album is delivered with an unusual and idiosyncratic style, the usual array of overdriven guitars and heavy bass lines are largely eschewed for the likes of ukulele, saxophone and even xylophone. If you’re a fan of the Dresden Dolls, and Amanda Palmer‘s solo work, then this is an album you need to hear, that’s not to say she’s a facsimile, it’s just that that is the only act I’ve heard that’s coming from even a remotely similar musical direction. Emilyn Brodsky has a unique approach to music and one that is utterly captivating.

Emilyn Brodsky’s Digestion can be ordered here

Panic State Records Celebrating 7th Anniversary

Panic StatePanic State Records has announced that they will be celebrating their 7th Anniversary with a big show.  The event will feature headliners CATCH 22 on January 23rd at the Starland Ballroom in Jersey. CATCH 22 will be performing Alone in a Crowd with their original vocalist Jeff Davidson.

Sammy Kay, The Youth Ahead, Rebuilder, We Were Sharks, The World/Inferno Friendship Society and Dead Ahead will also be performing.  

The World/Inferno Friendship Society – Elegant Solution

World Inferno Friendship SocietyBrooklyn cabaret punk act The World/Inferno Friendship Society has premiered a new song.  The track is titled “Elegant Solution” and is from their upcoming album, This Packed Funeral, which is set to drop on November 11, 2014 via Alternative Tentacles. The disc will follow 2011′s The Anarchy And The Ecstasy.

Listen to the track below.

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The World / Inferno Friendship Society Announce New Album; Stream First Track

World Inferno Friendship SocietyBrooklyn cabaret punk act The World/Inferno Friendship Society has announced details for their next full length.  The disc will be titled This Packed Funeral and is set to drop on November 11, 2014 via Alternative Tentacles. The disc will follow 2011′s The Anarchy And The Ecstasy.

Track listing, album art and a stream of the title track can be found below.

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World/Inferno Friendship Society - The Anarchy And The Ecstasy

The World/Inferno Friendship Society

The Anarchy And The Ecstasy

Chunksaah Records
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Rating: 3.5/5

 
 

 

 

In a just world, The World/Inferno Friendship Society would be selling out both cabaret theaters and punk venues worldwide – their particular merging of punk, calliope and gypsy-esque leanings have proven, over five albums, to be ridiculously fun. The songs themselves have an incredibly rich swagger that lend themselves perfectly to the extensive theatrics of their live show – they put on an incredibly energetic live performance, generally with nine or ten people on stage at once. Having seen them years ago but having little experience with their earlier works, I have no idea how The Anarchy Or The Ecstasyholds up. Regardless, as a relative newcomer to the band, it’s a hell of a ride.

Punk purists will most likely find very little to like here – the band clearly avoid more “standard” punk instrumentation and arrangements for brief flurries of lounge (“Thirteen Years Without Peter King”) and jazz (“Canonize Philip K. Dick, OK”), with structures heavily reliant on piano, organ, trumpet and trombone. Is’s about as far away from the Cro-Mags as you can get. Still, it’d probably be considered challenging to a lot of punks – if it wasn’t so fun to listen to.

The Anarchy And The Ecstasy is made up to ten songs of Jack Terricloth’s clear vocals layered over confident, raucous music that pays homage to musical histories as much as it emulates them. It’s still punk, but it’s punk filtered through a colander of jazz, folk, lounge and pop. It’s circus music. Fans of, say, Converge would most likely not be impressed, and arguably have little in common with The World/Inferno Friendship Society, but groups like Mischief Brew seem to have borrowed pretty heavily from them, sonically, topically and otherwise.

The downsides here, mostly, is the lack of lyrics – while the majority of lyrics are more than discernable, it’d be nice to have something physical to read along with. Still, that’s a pretty minor complaint. A solid record with a relentless underpinning of fun and joyousness.

Tours: The World/Inferno Friendship Society

World Inferno Friendship SocietyCabaret punk The World/Inferno Friendship Society have announced that the troupe will be hitting the road in the new year.  The three week outing will kick off in January and span well into the neighbouring month.  The band continues supporting their latest full length, The Anarchy and the Ecstasy, which dropped earlier this year thanks to Chunksaah Records.

Tour dates can be found below.

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Tours: Phenomenauts & The World/Inferno Friendship Society

PhenomenautsThe Phenomenauts and The World/Inferno Friendship Society have announced that the two eccentric bands will be touring together in the fall.  The eight date West Coast tour will start on September 30th in Seattle, WA, and conclude on October 9th in Tuscon, AZ.  The Phenomenauts will also be premiering their brand new comic book/EP, Adventures in the Third Dimension, which will be available for the first time at these shows.

Full tour dates can be found below.

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Tours: Phenomenauts & The World/Inferno Friendship Society

PhenomenautsThe Phenomenauts and The World/Inferno Friendship Society have announced that the two eccentric bands will be touring together in the fall.  The eight date West Coast tour will start on September 30th in Seattle, WA, and conclude on October 9th in Tuscon, AZ.  The Phenomenauts will also be premiering their brand new comic book/EP, Adventures in the Third Dimension, which will be available for the first time at these shows.

Full tour dates can be found below.

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Tours: The World/Inferno Friendship Society

World Inferno Friendship SocietyCabaret punks World/Inferno Friendship Society have announced a collection of new tour dates in support of their latest full length,The Anarchy and the Ecstasy, released this past March via Chunksaah Records.  The tour will kick off in late September and conclude the following month.

Tour dates can be found below.

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Streams: The World/Inferno Friendship Society – The Anarchy and The Ecstasy

World Inferno Friendship SocietyThe World/Inferno Friendship Society have posted a full album stream of their new album, The Anarchy and the Ecstasy, online.

It can be heard at AOL.com.

The album hits stores March 15th via Chunksaah Records.


Tours: Jack Terricloth (World/Infernofriendship Society), Franz Nicolay, Dave Hause (Loved Ones)

Here’s an interesting tour announcement worth putting on the calendar. The World/Inferno Friendship Society frontman Jack Terricloth and is teaming up with soloist Franz Nicolay (of former Hold Steady fame also a member of Terricloth’s troupe, who tours with Against Me! on the side), and The Loved Ones’ frontman Dave Hause.  The trio will hit the road in the new year for eleven dates in mid-January over in the UK.

Dates can be found below.

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