The World / Inferno Friendship Society

White Eagle Hall & ExcessdB Present

The World / Inferno Friendship Society

Crazy & The Brains, The Defending Champions

Sat · February 10, 2018

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

$15.00 - $18.76

This event is 18 and over

The World / Inferno Friendship Society
The World / Inferno Friendship Society
Brooklyn, New York City based band.

The World/Inferno describe themselves best:
"The World/Inferno Friendship Society are a gang, not a band. Coming from all walks of life, numbering well into the double digits and ranging in age from 17 to 33, this is a bunch of boys and girls you might walk across the street to avoid. Almost as much brass as attitude, a full three drummers, that guitar noise the kids enjoy so much, all riding atop a whirling piano. Plus a singer in a shiny green suit. SHINY! Circus music, vaudeville punk, the riot act with a nice swingy beat. It's all there in spades."
Crazy & The Brains
Crazy & The Brains
Surfacing from the house parties in northern New Jersey, Crazy & The Brains poured onto the punk scene like a 40oz of Olde English in a bowl of Frosted Flakes.
Founding members Jesus Christoph and Jeffrey Rubin made their rounds through the Lower East Side Manhattan open mic scene performing as a guitar/xylophone duo before manifesting into a full band and recording their debut album “Let Me Go” in 2013

Fiercely independent the lyrics confront social and political constructs, explore the dark territories of mental illness, champion sexual freedom and express a devoted love for junk food. Sonically, Crazy & The Brains draw comparison to the early days of New York Dolls while replacing every guitar lead with a xylophone solo.

The group released “Good Lord” in 2014 and “Brain Freeze” in 2015 followed by a string of singles and covers including a bratty and politically charged reworking of The Velvet Underground classic “Sweet Jane”

Forever evolving the group has had multiple arrangement and line up changes with the current configuration passing off guitar duties to newcomer Ernest Young, freeing up Christoph to spill himself out into the crowd while Rubin and bass player Brett Maverick hold down the stage and add Beach Boys-esque background harmonies. Drummer Jon Lango brings his ska/rocksteady skills to the party, also being a member of Vic Ruggiero’s (The Slackers) solo band, Lango’s experience and high energy perfectly compliment the groups distinctively bizarre charm.

Crazy & The Brains new record “Out In The Weedz” recorded by Pete Steinkopf (Bouncing Souls) is out May 5th 2018.
The Defending Champions
The Defending Champions
It’s hard to pinpoint just when the seven musical titans that now form The Defending Champions became a band. If you’ve ever listened to their music, you might think that they are telepathic septuplets, born to play each note you are hearing, chosen to lead a legendary convention of life-loving citizens. In truth, they are a bunch of friends who have been connected through the years by an overwhelming desire to write solid music and entertain the hell out of people. Sometime in the year 2007, Matt Ryan and Dean Nevolis, after having been in the same band together since puberty, dissembled their childhood group and joined forces with longtime band-mate, saxophonist Matthew Schoenebaum. Together with drummer Shawn Fichtner, bassist Eric Swiontkowski, trumpeter Jovan Alvarez, and percussionist Dave DeRiso, they form The Defending Champions.

Composing with their ears bent to the righteous stylings of soul, ska and gypsy music, and held fast by rock’n’roll, the band is allowed enormous room to impact all those ready to dance and be captivated. They’ve been enjoyed throughout the Tri-State area: performing at such venues as Musikfest in Bethlehem, PA, Yogi Berra Stadium, Maxwell’s, Kenny’s Castaways, Knitting Factory, Bitter End, Stanhope House and Rockwood Music Hall. Announced by Jersey Rock Review as “…what is needed in popular music today,” and, in their own words, writing music “intended for the mobilization of the human,” The Defending Champions are what you’ve wanted to hear but didn’t know was sonically possible: better music for the best life.
Venue Information:
White Eagle Hall
337 Newark Ave.
Jersey City, NJ, 07302