The Bowery Ballroom
Subhumans, The World/Inferno Friendship Society

Subhumans

The World/Inferno Friendship Society

Blanks 77, Born Annoying

Sat, June 15, 2013

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

The Bowery Ballroom

New York, NY

This event is 16 and over

Subhumans
Subhumans
Subhumans were, between 1980-85, one of the most prolific and original of the evolving UK punk scene; they were based in Warminster, Wiltshire, [SW England], and the lineup was Dick on vocals, Bruce played guitar, Phil on bass, and Trotsky on the drums. Dick had previously sung for The Mental, who released one EP and embodied the 'cant-play-will-play' early punk 'anyone-can-do-it' attitude. Bruce had been in the Stupid Humans, also based in Warminster; these two met at an Angelic Upstarts gig in 1980, and when their bands split they got together to form Subhumans.

Musical influences were a mix of Sex Pistols, Damned, and similar punk originators, and prepunk bands like King Crimson and Frank Zappa, which led to a style of punk more intricate in its structure than their contemporaries, without losing the base energy and dynamics of punk. Dick's lyrics, at once socially aware and heavily critical of social norms, placed them in the anarcho-punk area of the ever-expanding UK punk scene of the early 80s, alongside Crass, Antisect, Conflict, and Flux of Pink Indians, who released the band's first 3 EPs [Demolition War, Reason For Existence, and Religious Wars] and their first LP [in '83] The Day The Country Died, which became an instant classic that went on to sell 100,000 copies, [largely at the cover price of 'pay no more than #3.25', which was as cheap as possible in order to make the music more accessible].
The World/Inferno Friendship Society
The World/Inferno Friendship Society
The World/Inferno Friendship Society are a gang of dangerous loonies who like to break things, and who have been making beautiful, orchestral punk rock records since 1997. The World/Inferno Friendship Society consist of 7 to 13 life-long members who enthusiastically delight in encouraging all who identify as youth, both young and old, to change the system. They come armed with cascading piano, ace saxophones, several drummers, snarling guitars, low B bass, and whomever else gets in the bus. The World/Inferno Friendship Society is fronted by an undead Sherlock Holmes, who had his exploits profiled in the NY Times Arts Section for the multi-media stage version of the group’s last record Addicted to Bad Ideas. On their new release The Anarchy and The Ecstasy, Inferno hope to make you dance, laugh and cry -- often in the same song. With their full horn section, baby grand piano, punk guitar, 5 string bass and dueling male and female vocals, this freedom fighting, punk-as-world-music cult channels Phillip K. Dick, Kurt Weill and Jonathan Richman on their 13th release.
Venue Information:
The Bowery Ballroom
6 Delancey St
New York, NY, 10002
http://www.boweryballroom.com/