May 2015 National Music Reviews

Review: The World/Inferno Friendship Society – This Packed Funeral

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The World/Inferno Friendship Society
This Packed Funeral
Alternative Tentacles
Street: 11.11.14
The World/Inferno Friendship Society = Hectic Hobo + Diego’s Umbrella 
 
The World/Inferno Friendship Society are correct: I think this album may be a synthesis of every music style ever conceived: horns, fiddles, organ, pianos and at least three kinds of guitar. Spanish influences are heavy throughout, and most songs dip into saliently punk territory with a scintilla of ska. The minor-key tonality and layered, surfy, female backing vocals on “Dr. Dracula Who Makes You Get High” are reminiscent of “Rock Lobster.” Sandra Malak’s full vox slathers on an Alanis Morrisette, ’90s grunge treatment. Somehow, gypsy folk is also mashed in. In theory, it seems like it would be a psychotic clusterfuck of disarray, but in reality, it’s undeniably alluring. Jack Terricloth’s vocals are polished yet sooty. A piece of Brendon Urie’s soul was stolen and dissolved into the witch’s brew—check out “So Long Saving Grace.” “A Minute of Silence” is literally a minute of silence. An infinite string of words are necessary for a full description. The abnormality cannot be overstated. –LeAundra Jeffs
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