The Dreary Inferi

Band: The Dreary Inferi
Website: Myspace

When you hear the band name “The Dreary Inferi”, you sort of assume their music must be, well, more dreary. That is to say, the first time I heard their music and discovered it to be upbeat on the whole and just plain fun to listen to, I wasn’t entirely prepared. But I have to say, I love what they have given us.

The one opportunity I have had to see the Dreary Inferi perform live, I ended up unable to watch as I was off in search of amplification for their keyboard (which reportedly showed up 5 minutes after my search began). I made it back in time to listen to their last song, but was too winded to enjoy the performance. However, I was excited to see them called on stage during the Diagon Alley set to join them for a song. While I was already enthralled with Diagon Alley, I finally got to learn to be just as caught up in the Dreary Inferi during that performance.

It didn’t matter that they were singing about killing Muggles with Diagon Alley. What mattered was how much fun they were having, the quality of what they produced, and how much fun the audience was having – I being a member of that audience. But not all of their music has such “questionable content”, as it were. One of the first Dreary Inferi songs I ever heard was ‘Fandom Fangirl’, about being in the Harry Potter fandom. This song references other fandoms, but always brings it back to the Wizard Rock boys (*sings* doo doo doo doo doo [doo doo]). “You’re close to my age unlike Colonel Brandon / And you get pudgy unlike Edward Cullen / You don’t have a TARDIS / But that’s okay / ‘Cause you’re a Potter fanboy / And I’m a fandom fangirl”

I absolutely love this song and all the connections it makes. Not only the direct ones in the lyrics themselves (Jane Austen, Twilight, “Doctor Who”, etc.), but the connection it makes apparent by the nature of the song as a whole. Within the Wizard Rock Community and the Harry Potter fandom at large, we are all prone to like one another based on the sole fact that we know we have love of the Harry Potter books in common. It is perhaps the most remarkable aspect of these groups of people that I have observed. Without knowing anything else about a person, if a member of the Wrock Community discovers another person who listens to the music, there is an instantaneous bond. Perhaps it speaks to my personal nature, but I have experienced a higher likelihood of trusting someone I hardly know upon learning they are a Wrock and/or HP fan like myself. The deeper the other person is in the Community aspect, the more I am bound to trust them.

This has not been isolated to myself alone, though I have experienced it in others quite often. I have traveled around the UK and a bit of Europe, staying in the homes of people I had only ever met over the internet because we had first started emailing as mutual Wizard Rock fans. Additionally, a friend of mine spent 2 months straight travelling the US and Canada, staying with Wizard Rock people everywhere she went. To my knowledge, she never had to stay in a hotel (unless she and other Wrock friends were attending an event) in the entire time she was travelling.

In my opinion, the Dreary Inferi hit the nail right on the head with ‘Fandom Fangirl’. “We’re basically soul mates / ‘Cause we read the same books.”


23 November 2009. Tags: , . Band of the Day.

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