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A Wilhelm Scream / Only Crime / The Swellers: live in Orlandolive in Orlando (2007)
Reviewer Rating: 4
Contributed by: BryneBryne
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On an uncharacteristicly balmy October evening (even for Florida), my friend Stefanie accompanied me into foreign territory: Island Oasis to check out A Wilhelm Scream, Only Crime and the Swellers. The first time seeing a show at a new venue can be interesting. There's the initial task of actually f.
On an uncharacteristicly balmy October evening (even for Florida), my friend Stefanie accompanied me into foreign territory: Island Oasis to check out A Wilhelm Scream, Only Crime and the Swellers. The first time seeing a show at a new venue can be interesting. There's the initial task of actually finding the place, and once I get there I wonder things before going inside. How big is it? How close is the stage? Will I be able to breathe or will the combination of smoke and sweat overpower my senses? Can I get a beer here for less than three bucks? Island Oasis turned out to be a cool place for a show, though. The stage was only six inches above ground level with no barrier, breathing was no issue and while I didn't drink, it didn't seem like the kind of place that would hurt your wallet for a brewski. And the 100 or so in attendance this night received a rare treat: a show where all five bands that played were at least decent! I can't even remember the last time I went to a show that didn't have some Throwdown tribute band or something worse as a local opener. Talk about a breath of fresh air.
The anticipation for A Wilhelm Scream's performance was at a fever pitch and the band wasted little time soundchecking before bursting into "I Wipe My Ass with Showbiz" and "5 to 9" back to back. The band kept it as tight as possible, which is impressive given the frenetic nature of their sound. Mike from Alucard filling in on guitar went off without a hitch, which was expected given that he wails. Everybody there was way into them, including yours truly. I'm usually pretty reserved at shows, but I couldn't help yelling along and pumping my fists. Seriously, if you're into punk rock there's no reason for you to not love the shit out of AWS. The set was extremely satisfying and comprehensive, with a nice selection from Mute Print on up to Career Suicide. The set list by album is below:
[originally written for What We Hate]
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