The Brooklyn Bazaar continues to be one of the city’s best places to see a show. Entry is free and there is plenty to do in between sets— you could play ping pong, video games, or mini-golf, have a drink in the beer garden, buy a snack from one of the various food vendors, or shop for jewelry, clothing, or art, amongst other things.
Saturday, April 12th, the Village Voice and the Seaport Music Festivalsponsored a show there, where we were able to photograph Pup, Big Ups, and Crazy Pills. Toronto-based band Pup was celebrating their recent Side One Dummy release and their fans were full of energy and enthusiasm, singing along to every song. Singer Stefan Babcock ended the set by jumping into the crowd, an indication that he was having just as much fun as they were.
"Write happy music with lyrics that make you cry. That’s kind of what life is all about."
Jack Terricloth has been the only constant in his band, The World/Inferno Friendship Society, in its 15+ years. However, the Brooklyn band’s fan base remains dedicated and despite so many lineup changes, they keep coming out to shows. Maybe it’s because a World/Inferno show is more than just a show—it’s a theatric performance full of dramatic energy. The music is upbeat and can be danced to—a mix of punk rock, jazz, klezmar, and cabaret—and Jack’s inviting monologues and smooth, crooning vocals keep the crowd intrigued. Jack’s punk rock background and World/Inferno’s DIY-sensibility come together to form something unique.
We sat down with Jack recently and talked about the venue he would love to play, how his songwriting process goes, and what his first punk show at CBGB’s was like. The World/Inferno Friendship Society has five more East Coast shows this month, ending with a Brooklyn performance at the Music Hall of Williamsburg on Saturday, April 19th. They are releasing one song a month from their record This Packed Funeral, two of which can be viewed in the April’s Feature Artist section here on our site.