World/Inferno Friendship Society’s long awaited new album dares you to try and decipher it’s multi-layered, encrypted message, while dragging you kicking and screaming through a succession of flashbacks, alternate realities and drug and alcohol induced delusions. While World / Inferno is known for its utter disregard for boundaries of genre, All Borders are Porous to Cats deliberately pushes the limits of what could possibly be perceived as punk rock. It scores tales of fugitives, arson, larceny, perjury, drug addiction and freedom with elements of soul, funk, latin, polka, and classical music, as well as World /Inferno’s signature punk cabaret sound. 3 years in the making, 4 missed release dates, 5 lost band members, many a bridge burned, and a defamation lawsuit waiting to happen, The World /Inferno Friendship Society invites you to enjoy the fruits of their perpetual torment.
Take it as a promise, and a patent fact: All Borders Are Porous to Cats. The World/Inferno Friendship Society’s 7th full-length LP finds the collective reset and reinvigorated, behind the lyrics of Jack Terricloth, apparent possessor of the punk rock fountain of everlasting style and rage. The album follows Cat in the Hat (no relation), an undocumented refugee who is framed for a crime and requires the assistance of a ragtag gang of miscreants, academics, orchestra-caliber musicians, and radical insurgents—sometimes art does in fact imitate life!
The album sees the band at its most expansive musically—covering everything from Bowie-esque ballads to Balkan punk stomps—to 2 Tone ska, and inflammatory lyrically, with tales of romance, righteous indignation, and resistance.
The LP’s release comes in tandem with the release of accompanying book “One Smashed Window for Every Divided Soul,” an illustrated combination tour journal and narrative exploration of Cat and his travails. The book acts as a companion piece to the album’s story, sifting through archival documents and fabulist accounts of the band’s East Coast tour of 2017. The band will be touring the east coast in January and the west coast in February.
18 Las Rosas, Miami, FL
19 Archetype, Jacksonville, FL
20 Bombs Away, Athens, GA
21 The Earl, Atlanta, GA
22 Local 506, Raleigh, NC
23 Gallery 5, Richmond, VA
24 The Ottobar, Baltimore, MD
25 Boot & Saddle, Philadelphia, PA
06 Rickshaw Theater, Vancouver, BC*
07 Highline Theater, Seattle, WA*
08 Jazzbones, Tacoma, WA*
09 Dante’s, Portland, OR*
10 Gold Fields, Sacramento, CA*
11 Metro, Oakland, CA*
12 TBA, Los Angeles, CA*
13 Alex’s Bar, Long Beach, CA*
14 Club Red, Mesa, AZ*
15 Launchpad, Albuquerque, NM*
16 Blue Bird, Denver, CO*
17 Black Sheep, Colorado Springs, CO*
*w/ Bridge City Sinners