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Rise Against / Stretch Arm Strong / A Wilhelm Scream

Rise Against/Stretch Arm Strong/A Wilhelm Scream: live in Milwaukeelive in Milwaukee (2004)
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Reviewer Rating: 4.5
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Contributed by: SickCowRight Land Ends
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Seeing any band for the 6th time might take away from their live show, but not Rise Against, and definitely not if its at Mad Planet in Milwaukee. Mad Planet is a VERY small club that holds maybe 150 people at the most, so the bands are right on top of you, very intimate. Opening acts were a .


Seeing any band for the 6th time might take away from their live show, but not Rise Against, and definitely not if its at Mad Planet in Milwaukee. Mad Planet is a VERY small club that holds maybe 150 people at the most, so the bands are right on top of you, very intimate. Opening acts were a local band Invalid, followed by A Wilhelm Scream, and then Stretch Arm Strong.

The first band, Invalid, was awful, it looked like it was their first time ever playing live. A 4-piece band that played very boring music, and didn't seem to energized on stage. Except for their fat guitar player who tried to jump and move around but ended up looking like a gazelle prancing around.

I wasn't a fan of A Wilhem Scream before the night, but I left the club a big fan. Never have hearing their material before I was hoping they would be better than Invalid. They proved to be a 100% improvement. Coming out of Boston, these 5 guys sure put on a show. They kind of reminded me of Strike Anywhere, good melodic hardcore punk. They played for about 30 minutes, and after the show they stood outside and handed out 2 song samplers off their newest record.

I also have never heard Stretch Arm Strong's stuff before, so after A Wilhelm Scream I was hoping they would impress me just as much. Unfortunately, they didnt accomplish that. They were pretty good, but kept trying to coax the crowd into "moving closer" or "clap your hands". I can't stand when bands try to tell an audience what to do, if your music can't move someone to start a pit, or clap their hands, or jump up and down, it most likely isn't meant to do that, so don't tell us what you want to see. They played a mixture of older and newer stuff (the lead singer would mention if it was older or new), with the older stuff sounding more hardcore and the new stuff more melodic hardcore. They did do something cool at the end, they asked everyone to turn to their left and right and meet 2 new people, which I found pretty cool.

Rise Against then took the stage. Everyone soon ran forward, and got as close as possible. Out of the 5 times I previously saw them they have always opened with "Black Masks and Gasoline", I was hoping they would do something new, but they didn't. I was still extremely pumped when those first few chords were strung, and it lasted the rest of the set. Every song they played was super crisp, except "Voices Off Camera", which new guitarist Chris Chasse seemed to struggle with. They played a great mix of new songs off of "Siren Song of the Counter Culture" along with stuff from their first 2 albums. The only problem that I had was there wasnt enough new songs. This set list would have been great for their fall tour with Bad Religion, but this was their record release show, so more new songs would have been great.

Frontman Tim McIlrath shows why they will not get lost in the corporate mess of a major label. Ripping on "punk" bands for playing music for money, and ripping the Warped Tour for charging $5 for water in 110 degree weather proved they are in this for the right reasons. Great show from an amazing band.

Songs from the night:

THE UNRAVELING: The Unraveling, Alive and Well, 6 Ways Til Sunday

REVOLUTIONS PER MINUTE: Black Masks & Gasoline, Heaven Knows, Dead Ringer, Like the Angel, Voices Off Camera, Blood Red White and Blue, Broken English, Last Chance Blueprint

SIREN SONG OF THE COUNTER CULTURE: State of the Union, Life Less Frightning, Anywhere But Here, Give it All, Dancing for Rain, Swing Life Away

 


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Anonymous (September 26, 2004)

I remember AWS when they used to be call Smacking Isaiah. That was a couple years ago. Reach the Sky was an awsome band too. THier final show was great.

Anonymous (September 2, 2004)

All three bands have been working their asses off for years, and continue to make music for the right reasons. It's rare to see a lineup like this, where no matter what, you need to respect what these bands do. It's not a contest of who's a better band. It's bands trying to bring back some of what punk rock and hardcore is all about. I think a lot of people are missing the point. I enjoyed being there.

CallingLondon (September 2, 2004)

AWS's new cd is good, but honestly, the cheesey metal guitar tone needs to be toned down on their next album. that's really the only thing that gets to me. other than that the songs are great.

Anonymous (September 1, 2004)

Most likely the kids that couldn't get into AWS were the same lamos that went there to see Rise Against. Not that RA is a bad band, but they seem to have a really trendy following, alot of people who really aren't into the scene for the music but more for fashion and social status.

Anonymous (September 1, 2004)

this is probably one of the best tours

three really kick ass bands

Anonymous (September 1, 2004)

Stretch Arm Strong owns.

Anonymous (August 31, 2004)

I was at this concert and it was amazing. So glad to see Rise Against in such an intamite (sic) setting. A Wilhelm Scream was great for the second time in a month. A shame most people couldnt get into them it seemed. It seemed like I was the only one singing along and trying to start a bit of a pit. When they played up at my school a few months back the 30 people that were there danced their hearts out. It was excellent either way though.

Anonymous (August 31, 2004)

Any obscure movies that feature what is called the "wilhelm scream"? I found it in G.I.Joe The Movie. It's all over every Star Wars movie, too.

Anonymous (August 31, 2004)

My score's for the Fabians putting it up for A Wilhelm Scream

-Matt Fabian

Anonymous (August 31, 2004)

Would have been more cool if Guttermouth was one of the support bands.
AWS are still pretty cool though.

Anonymous (August 31, 2004)

Stretch Arm Strong is one of the best hardcore bands there is. I'm surprised people who like Rise Against have trouble getting into SAS. Also Chris does that for every show they play, I don't see why it's such a bad thing. You should definitely check out either Rituals of Life or Tranmission Revolution, if you have never heard either album.

Also Chris (the new RA guitarist) used to play for a great hardcore band from Boston called Reach The Sky. The first time I saw RA was when they opened for Reach The Sky on tour in 2001. I saw RA on the Warped Tour this summer and I thought Chris did an excellent job, give the guy a break too, he just joined the band 4-5 months ago.

Anonymous (August 30, 2004)

This score is for A Wilhelm Scream.

Alot of people hype them up and alot of people seem to rip on them. Everyone has their own opinion and that's cool. As for me, right at this moment in time, them and Hot Water Music are the only bands currently keeping me interested in the "punk" movement. Unless you count Shellac, if you could them punk. A Wilhelm Scream deserves every ounce of recognition they get and deserve way more than that. --------

Ryan Fabian

Anonymous (August 30, 2004)

Invalid is the best band ever!!! I don't acctually know this but i thought they needed some love after the thrashing they took in this review.

Anonymous (August 30, 2004)

Invalid is the best band ever!!! I don't acctually know this but i thought they needed some love after the thrashing they took in this review.

Anonymous (August 30, 2004)

A Wilhelm Scream is hands down the best "new" band out in years.. even though they've been around since like 94 or something.

Everybody keep an eye out for the Rise Against video for Give It All.. being filmed now.. it's going to be amazing.

Anonymous (August 30, 2004)

Stretch Arm Strong's singer may tell people to get moving around, but at least that band stays clear of tough-guy-hardcore posturing. I'd rather hear stuff about unity than "BRING IT MOTHERFUCKER"

Anonymous (August 29, 2004)

I'm a fan of Rise Against but don't you think it's funny that they rip on the Warped Tour yet you can still find them on the lineup?

Those dudes make good music but maybe they need to re-evaluate their message.

I understand they wanna get their music out to more people and I respect that but I think moving to a major just might be there downfall.

http://www.negativland.com/albini.html

Anonymous (August 29, 2004)

Thoughts:

- AWS are incredible, and really nice guys. A huge leap forward from their Smackin' Isiah days.

- Rise Against owns live, they rock on the new stuff (Paper Wings, etc.)

- I saw Stretch back in '99 w/H20 and Saves the Day in South Carolina of all places ... great great show all around, except that the Stretch singer really does get REALLY annoying with his whole "c'mon, every boy and every girl get in the circle!" routine. Just shut up and sing, chode.

Anonymous (August 29, 2004)

Stretch Arm Strong own your sorry ass

innocentbystander (August 29, 2004)

"ra's guitarist really sux and he's really creepy at the merch tabel"

lol creepy? how?
and he's pretty good actually.

Anonymous (August 29, 2004)

anyone else here huge simiilarites between Strung Out and Wilhelm Scream

Anonymous (August 29, 2004)

ra's guitarist really sux and he's really creepy at the merch tabel

Anonymous (August 29, 2004)

I remember not liking AWS when the review was posted with links to the mp3s and i couldnt remember why, so i found the mp3s and my opinions still stand. Kid Dynamite vocals, mixed with Thrice guitar work, with just okay melodies. Just okay but the guys vocals on mp3 are so weak(the thing i dont like about KD actually and why i think Paint it Black rips all other Dr. Dan projects)

Are these guys really good live or something? Or just does it remind most people of the days of Kid Dynamite? Bleh, this guys vocals are killing me, time to move on to a different song. Hey, its an Ensign song!

Anonymous (August 28, 2004)

How could you be posting on a page like this and not heard of A Wilhelm Scream? The correct answer is "AWS kicked everyone's ass, including Rise Against (they stilll rock however)"

jesuschristsuperstar (August 28, 2004)

the new guitarist for rise against fucking sucked... he just stood there and fucked up the songs. im honestly shocked and appalled that this man is paid to be a musician. i still enjoyed rise against (surprisingly, i kinda thought i wouldnt like em anymore), but that dude blew -- he couldnt handle the bad ass riffs that are dan precision

well maybe he could, but it honestly sounded terrible... his leads in the new songs are really boring

PS. stretch arm strong sucks. i hate when hardcore(?) bands give that unity speech thing... fuck off, who cares.

and a wilhelm scream fucking ruled. though i dont think most of the kids there got it... they just kinda stood there.

Anonymous (August 28, 2004)

"Score for Rise Against for being awesome and playing "Swing Life Away" live. I [...]"

That should have continued: *heart* that song.

Anonymous (August 28, 2004)

Score for Rise Against for being awesome and playing "Swing Life Away" live. I

Anonymous (August 28, 2004)

awww damn.... that hurts... that "fat guitar player" from Invalid is my cousin.

Anonymous (August 28, 2004)

I can't believe Rise Against didn't play Rumors of my Demise have been greatly exxagerated.

Anonymous (August 28, 2004)

I was at this show and it was damn good. A Wilhelm Scream blew my away and Rise Against was great as usual. My only problem with Rise Against is that the members of the band aside from the singer dont put out enough energy live.

Anonymous (August 28, 2004)

sweet times...

Anonymous (August 28, 2004)

This score is for Wilhelm Scream/Rise Against/Stretch Arm Strong

Let me say that Stretch Arm Strong's music is far from being something that "can't move someone to start a pit, or clap their hands, or jump up and down". Listen to any SAS album (minus the newest, Engage, because in my opinion it's their weakest to date) and tell me this band can't fucking move a place. Because every show I've been to, it's been torn up for Stretch Arm Strong (especially Hellfest this year). Everytime I've seen Stretch, people have been rushing the stage, diving, dancing and he always says that.

jbigwig (August 28, 2004)

Stretch Armstrong aren't good live because they tell people what to do while they play??? Pull your head out of your ass dude, they blow Wilhelm Scream off the stage.

Anonymous (August 28, 2004)

I saw this show Wednesday at the Creepy Crawl in St. Louis, also a very small venue and the show was excellent. The only downside was Modern Day Hero, a local terrible band. I am also one of those people who had never heard A Wilhelm Scream before but I left with a cd and as a big fan. I had never heard Stretch Arm Strong either. I had heard OF them but never actualy heard them. They were pretty good although following A Wilhelm Scream is not an envious position. Heh, we in St. Louis got a nice little bonus after the show though as The Kings of Nuthin' performed.

Big_Guy (August 27, 2004)

"Ahem, well technically(just kidding) I believe A Wilhelm Scream is from New Bedford or something.
And Rise Against needs to play 'Torches' in concert...great song."

In fact, they are from New Bedford. And Torches is in fact, a great song.

opivykid (August 27, 2004)

Hmmm there was supposed to be a plus sign between Rise Against and A Wilhelm Scream, but whatever.

opivykid (August 27, 2004)

Stretch Arm Strong > Rise Against A Wilhelm Scream

Anonymous (August 27, 2004)

A Wilhelm Scream was amazing even with Trevor being a lil sloppy at that... still one of my favs and Rise Against was awesome as it being my 10 time seeing them. never will seeing that band get old. and they didnt play The Unraveling (the song). they did play Everchanging though. Great show i know its gonna be better in Chicago tomarrow.

Chicago Represent.

blaubs21 (August 27, 2004)

A Wilhelm Scream owned everyone's asses. Even Rise Against. and Rise Against was awesome...so put that in your pipe and smoke it.

Anonymous (August 27, 2004)

how the hell have you never heard Stretch Arm Strong? they've been one of the most consistently good hardcore bands of the past five years.

CrankWillDestroy (August 27, 2004)

Ahem, well technically(just kidding) I believe A Wilhelm Scream is from New Bedford or something.
And Rise Against needs to play 'Torches' in concert...great song.

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