The World/Inferno Friendship Society is a punk cabaret ensemble. (The word ensemble not used lightly as the band can sometimes swell up to a dozen members.) And it has nurtured an international cult following that goes back to the early '90s.
World Inferno, a common abbreviation for the group's lengthy name, are at the center of a curious ven diagram that overlaps punk context with sophisticate cabaret aesthetic and world music stomp.
In a way, it is a sleeper precursor to the current wave of circus-related punk variants as well as genres like "gypsy punk." In turn, there's no denying the influence of Oingo Boingo's Danny Elfman on the Inferno's master of ceremonies, Jack Terricloth, though Terricloth does add his own debonair imprint to the character.
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Certinly, this ensemble occupies a curious corner of punk music. But World Inferno know how to keep its audience coming back for more and we imagine the band will chug along for as long as that's true.
World/Inferno Friendship Society with Askultura, Paper Dolls, Everymen. Thursday, March 31. Miami Chum Bucket, 1545 NW 28th St., Miami. The show starts at 7 p.m. and cover costs $8. Visit miamichumbucket.com.