WORLD/INFERNO FRIENDSHIP SOCIETY, THE: All Borders Are Porous to Cats: LP/CD

New music by The WIFS is greeted by me with a celebratory ale or two and a stuttering jig, as this is a band which brings many good memories flooding back from previous releases and the five times I’ve seen them live. In Jack Terricloth this motley crew has a consummate storyteller, an out and out rabble rouser and a man with almost permanently red wine stained teeth leading proceedings like a vaudeville vampire. Backed by all sorts of instruments, Terricloth delivers spite, humor, and sarcasm in varying degrees in a style which has always made the word “gig” totally inadequate for any live performance from the The WIFS. All Borders Are Porous to Cats gives everything a fan of the band would want and enough for any newbies to get on board. There are some more serious moments to be found on the album, displaying, dare I say it, a previously unheard maturity—and this is an interesting shift, but one that fits in well. –Rich Cocksedge (Alternative Tentacles, [email protected], alternativetentacles.com)