smell the smoke and see the flames - 'cause this show is for you!! In   2000   the   german   rock'n'roll   band   Tasco   &   His   Troublemakers   accidentally   found   themselves   without   a   guitar player   after   another   of   their   shambolic   tours   when   they   encoutered   the   Norfolk-born   musician   Ben   Wood.   The untamed   youngster   cocksurely   accepted   their   offer   to   take   over   the   six-string   on   the   spot,   following   five   years   of touring    and    hilariously    misadventurous    rock'n'rolling    with    the    unique    singer    Tasco    and    his    nomen    est    omen bandmates.   They   played   concerts   with   bands   like   the   americana   legend   Creedendance   Clearwater   Revived   and released   Tasco's   terminal   album   What   Are   We   Doing   Here?   in   2003.   Ineradicable   Tasco-tunes   like   'I   Can   Tell'   you   can still find in the set list of the Ben Wood Inferno every once in a while. One   year   later   the   Troublemakers   added   another   musical   impostor:   the   maniacal   Jack   Shepherd   took   over   the   piano keys   and   soon   became   a   close   comrade   of   Ben   Wood.   They   both   shared   a   sound   devotion   for   black   &   white   movies and   garage   rock'n'roll   to   draw   their   artistical   statements   from.   Before   the   year   was   through   the   two   founded   their own circus voodoo act which would soon become The Woodbrothers. In   2002   this   very   band,   meanwhile   a   five-piece,   released   their   eponymous   debut   album   which   told   the   music   scene to   hold   its   head   down   'cause   there   was   something   never   heard   before   approaching   them.   Sound   engineer   Rainer Holst   (also   working   for   Australia's   genuine   rock'n'rollers   Rose   Tattoo   and   German   comedian   Oliver   Kalkofe)   was   in charge   of   the   production   and   contributed   his   share   of   torn   music   perception.   'Bad   Minor   Bo',   the   sinister   opener   of the   album,   was   soon   set   to   kick   off   every   show.   Also   the   conjuring   final   track,   the   highly   dramatic   'Fire   Of   Love', became an inescapable anthem of the band and is still part of every Ben Wood Inferno concert. By   2003   the   Woodbrothers   had   reached   a   distinct   musical   quality,   became   friends   with   the   great   and   legitimatly baptised   'saviour   of   rock'n'roll'   Dan   Baird   from   the   Georgia   Satellites.   They   opened   also   for   the   UK   funk   act   Albie Donelly    &    Supercharge    and    a    DVD    package    of    a    festival    recording,    named    Even    Brothers    Get    The    Blues... Sometimes!, was released in the end of the year and screened in several arthouse cinemas in Germany. 2004,   after   a   high   flying   tour   with   UK   blues   heroes   Dr.   Feelgood,   the   tightly   awaited   follow-up   album   Stranded   was the   output   that   would   set   new   standards   for   the   band.   Songs   like   the   mighty   'The   Red   Eyes   Of   The   Blues'   and   the panic-stricken   'Motor   Mouth   Babe'   became   constant   psycho   murderers   in   the   sizzling   set   till   this   very   day.   The   latter was   the   definite   choice   to   be   the   album's   single   release   and   marched   straight   through   from   german   radio   and   telly stations   onto   DJ   turntables   of   dingy   night   clubs.   Unfortunately   it   was   clear   at   this   point   that   the   band   was   burned out and wouldn't reach no new shores anymore. The   following   year   Ben   Wood   left   the   band   for   this   very   reason   and   moved   back   to   the   UK   to   write   new   material. Following   a   theatre   engagement   in   Luxembourg   in   2006   he   met   local   guitarist   General   Paul   Vincent,   the   man   who would   become   a   vibrant   influence   on   his   musical   approach   and   the   one   monolithic   comrade.   With   Ben   Wood   now   on lead   vocals   they   founded   the   zany   gypsy   punk   band   The   Hoboscopes   which   in   no   time   became   the   most   promising act   around   the   place.   Their   shows   received   immediately   highest   saluting   press   reviews.   "I've   never   seen   something like   that!",   claimed   Doro   Popp   of   Popp-Concerts   after   visiting   one   of   Ben   Wood   &   The   Hoboscopes   tremendous   live shows. In   2007   this   band   recorded   the   album   Yours,   which   left   the   critics   with   an   open   gob   behind.   This   quirky   hybrid   of rock'n'roll   and   punk'n'polka   is   honoured   to   be   a   unique   jewel   in   the   musical   scene   to   date.   The   whirling   'Upside- Down    &    Inside-Out    With    You'    or    the    experimental    tango    trotter    'With    Her    Love    (Tango)'    are    still    outstanding contributions   to   the   set   list   of   the   Ben   Wood   Inferno.   "Ben   Wood   looks   like   a   mixture   of   Nick   Cave   and   Blixa   Bargeld in   their   unhealthier   lifetimes   [and]   in   turn   sounds   a   kind   of   like   Robert   Smith.   Appears   to   be   a   wild   mixture?   It definitely   is!",   commented   the   musical   press.   Further   touring   with   greats   like   The   Shanes   or   44Leningrad   made   the Hoboscopes and their audience go wild every night. 2008   the   clock   struck   twelve   and   serveral   line-up   changes   made   the   band   fall   apart   and   Ben   Wood   readjusted himself   for   the   ensuing   years,   focussing   again   on   theatre   and   film   acting   as   well   as   writing   with   just   very   rare rock'n'roll appearences as guest musician for former colleagues and blokes. After   refusing   serveral   requests   to   re-establish   his   rock'n'roll   act,   in   2012   the   times   eventually   had   changed   and   the singer   Ben   Wood   additionally   slipped   a   borrowed   bass   over   his   shoulder.   With   guitarist   Alex   Webber   he   found   a young   and   fresh   collaborator   to   form   the   first   incarnation   of   the   Ben   Wood   Inferno.   The   name   relates   to   nothing   less than   Dante's   masterpiece   and   is   chosen   to   be   the   first   of   a   three   part   rock'n'roll   damnation   and   emphasizes   that   one day,   after   the   transforming   into   the   Ben   Wood   Purgatory,   we   will   have   to   face   the   final   act:   the   Ben   Wood   Paradise. Whatever this may sound alike... A   sold   out   debut   show   in   2013   gave   some   new   swing   to   Wood's   rock'n'roll   universe.   This   resurrection   gave   way   to the   best   Ben   Wood   stage   shows   ever.   "With   his   Inferno   the   universal   artist   Ben   Wood   invites   everybody   to   a   wild musical   ride   -   and   the   name   sure   suits   it   best.   Wood   is   ingeniously   pulling   the   focus.   Don't   you   miss   it!",   journalists judged subsequently. Shortly   afterwards   Ben   Wood   relocated   to   Vienna   for   a   mind   twisting   stint   with   Memphis'   Maestro   Tav   Falco   &   His Unapproachable   Panther   Burns,   which   sure   as   hell   added   fuel   to   the   already   high   flamin'   fire.   With   the   Inferno staged   in   international   line-up's   Ben   Wood   blatantly   looted   his   own   fiery   back   catalogue   while   in   the   end   of   2014 General   Paul   Vincent   was   asked   to   rejoin   the   band.   And   sure   as   hell   the   multi-talented   big   hitter   brought   a   hitherto unknown stability to the Inferno's core. 2015   the   band   toured   with   London   legend   The   Godfathers.   By   then   everyone   knew   the   time   was   right   to   compile   the band's   first   Best   Of   album,   filed   of   course   under   no   other   name   than   The   Fire   Of   Love   and   including   material   from the   years   2001   till   2009   including   four   previously   unreleased   tracks.   This   immense   regaining   of   stage   presence   left the   Inferno   in   further   need   to   stabilise   its   cast.   The   highly   talented   and   over   all   most   charming   Italian   drummer   Vigil The   Beast   took   over   the   drum   stool   and   completes   the   vibrant   triumvirate   till   this   very   day.   The   acknowledgements of   the   international   press   were   soon   to   come:   "Live   furore   [with   the]   Ben   Wood   Inferno:   a   wild   show,   wild   songs   and an    impressed    audience    were    the    results."    Enthralled    of    this    new    drummer's    energie    the    band    spontaneously recorded their first LIVE record, entitled flames baby flames !!, which was released by the end of the year. The   year   2016   continued   in   this   very   promising   way.   Ongoing   adventures   on   the   road   took   place:   supporting   once more   The   Godfathers   and   additionally   the   Canadian   colleagues   from   Big   John   Bates,   followed   by   further   infernal headliner   shows   in   Austria,   Germany   and   Slovenia.   Furthermore   the   band   finished   writing   the   tracks   for   the   first   Ben Wood   studio   album   in   seven   years.   In   November   the   band   headed   to   Vienna's   Primitive   Studios   to   lay   down   nine   new tracks under the supervision of producer Daniel Schatz. In   February   2017   the   band   signed   in   with   the   german   label   Sumo   Rex   /   Broken   Silence   which   successfully   hosts punk   and   polka   heroes   Ivan   Ivanovich   &   The   Kreml   Krauts   and   The   Shanes.   After   a   quick   spring   shake   tour   through Germany   and   Austria   the   Inferno   released   their   new   single   Blues   Ex   Machina.   The   title   track   reveals   to   be   the   most progressive   song   in   the   band's   repertoire   so   far.   A   rompin'   stompin'   swamp   blues   tune   throwing   its   arms   and   legs around   you   while   a   randomized   gantry   of   motorizing   psycho   guitar   assaults   keep   drilling   holes   into   the   structure   till the   sane   mind   snaps.   The   EP   also   features   Willie   Dixon's   fifties   mojo   tune   '(I'm   Your)   Hoochie   Coochie   Man'   with   a life   threatening   lapsteel   guitar   played   by   Elsa   Tootsie's   Artur   Nutz.   As   an   ex   ante   release   to   the   forthcoming   album we   find   on   Bluex   Ex   Machina      all   the   zany,   crazed   for   fuzz   and   blues   dripping   notes   and   tones   -   enshrouded   in   a unique cover sleeve drawn by the late New Orleans blues pianist and singer Champion Jack Dupree. While   shooting   a   video   clip   for   the   single   sad   news   reached   the   band.   Longterm   friend,   early   days   patron   and rock'n'roll   rarity   Tasco   passed   on   to   the   next   sphere   aged   70.   May   he   go   on   grunting   and   snorting,   happy   and   kind   as ever wherever he is now! By   the   end   of   the   year   the   band   heralded   the   release   of   their   staggering   new   studio   album   Wilder   Wilder   Faster Faster   in   a   full   blast   of   death   mocking   and   devil   defying   sound.   Notably   the   intimidating   opener   as   well   as   the caustic   claustrophobic   seven   minute   closure   of   'Trashedy'   presented   the   band   at   their   sizzling   peak   of   creativity. Beside   the   well-known   spectral   and   schizophrenic   lyrical   humour   spread   all   over   the   record,   the   militant   mockery   on tunes   like   the   sardonic   'I   Never   Liked   You   Anyway'   or   the   reelin'   and   rockin'   'A   (Few)   More   Monkeytricks'   are rock'n'roll renegades that once more reveal Ben Wood as a master of wrath and an unbowed cynic. "Actually   we   wanted   to   call   the   album   'Wilder   Wilder   Wilder   Faster   Faster   Faster'   but   then   again   -   we   didn't   want   to show   off   too   much...",   bow-wows   the   agitating   singer.   Albeit   the   press   reported   that   they   obviously   would   have affirmed   the   alternate   title:   "Ben   Wood   incarnates   cruelty   and   ferocity,   screams,   prays   and   curses.   A   mad   man   and creative   musician   who   creates   super-energetic   ideas   and   multiple   orgasmatrons".   The   following   album   tour   turned out to be the largest the band ever did, performing in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy and France. Spending   the   best   of   2018   on   the   road   Ben   Wood   used   the   day's   off   for   writing   the   rock'n'roll   album   he   always wanted.   And   for   those   who   still   had   doubts   must   admit   by   now   that   they   would   have   burned   the   singer   if   he   would have been born 500 years ago: With   their   2019   release   The   Real   Thing   we   find   the   Ben   Wood   Inferno   pirouetting   at   the   apogee   while   at   the   same time   staying   sane   inside   insanity.   Ten   dripped   in   curare   tracks   delivered   in   full-force   scale   rock'n'roll   -   groovier   and funkier   than   the   band   has   ever   sounded   before   and   topped   with   vocals   brought   to   you   by   deafening   explosions   of temper.   With   heartsore,   love   and   sex   as   the   gist   of   the   lyrics   you   experience   Ben   Wood   and   this   combatants spreading havoc like madly marauding Cupids. This   fifth   studio   album   was   produced   by   the   congenial   Lucas   Wiltschko   (who   formerly   recorded   Reverend   Backflash and   British   guitar   legend   Albert   Lee)   at   Sonics   Studio   Vienna.   Also   the   album   presents   a   veritable   list   of   guest musicians.   Greats   like   Prof.   Sebastian   Jiro   Schlecht   (former   Get   Well   Soon)   on   organ,   the   incredible   Amour   Fou's singer   Scharmien   Zandi   and   sound   magician   and   drummer   Stefano   D'Alessio   contributed   their   nothing   less   than impressive share on The Real Thing. Songs   like   the   psychedlic   'Unreal'   or   the   Herman   Brood-homage   'Never   Enough'   present   that   songwriter   Ben   Wood, himself   either   angry   or   sardonically   amused   by   everything,   is   bursting   once   more   forth   via   a   literate   lyricism   that, mingling humour and gloom, would press progressively harder on the nerve of how far he could go. From   autumn   2019   on   the   band   presents   their   new   album   on   tour   through   Germany   and   Austria.   Plus   for   the   first time in the band's history the itinerary will send the trio to Japan to perform their thunderous stage massacre.  "Would   you   allow   me   to   say   that   sometimes   I   feel   like   a   dog   before   an   earthquake?   I'm   already   howlin'   way   before you   know   what   is   going   to   happen",   contemplates   Ben   Wood   himself   -   before   getting   ready   for   another   infernal touring schedule.