Punknews.org

A Wilhelm Scream / The Hunt

A Wilhelm Scream / The Hunt: live in New Yorklive in New York (2008)
Nitro Records

Reviewer Rating: 4


Contributed by: InaGreendaseBrian
(others by this writer | submit your own)

Saturday was supposed to rule pretty hard. My schedule originally looked like this: 3:00 @ ABC No Rio: Polar Bear Club, Thieves and Assassins, Polka Madre, R-Tronika, and Scream Hello. 7:00 @ Knitting Factory: A Wilhelm Scream, the Hunt and Static Radio (leave before the Unseen because...). 10:.


Saturday was supposed to rule pretty hard. My schedule originally looked like this:

3:00 @ ABC No Rio: Polar Bear Club, Thieves and Assassins, Polka Madre, R-Tronika, and Scream Hello.
7:00 @ Knitting Factory: A Wilhelm Scream, the Hunt and Static Radio (leave before the Unseen because...).
10:00 @ SUNY Purchase: Cursive, closing the second and final day of Culture Shock Festival.

All my initial time estimates showed that this would actually be very doable. However, bands rolling in late to the ABC No Rio -- or perhaps other mishaps -- turned a seemingly fun matinee into a dragged out, early evening marathon that didn't start until 4:45. Scream Hello played an enjoyable set, as was to be expected (check out their new EP, Smart & Stupid); R-Tronika and Polka Madre, due to their respective backgrounds, brought in a large Hispanic contingent, but their tunes seemed a little eccentric for the whites (myself included). R-Tronika was a Long Island City-based guy who, from my vantage point at the back of the room, seemed to have played by himself, including some weird, incredibly long song making fun of hipsters. It was pretty catchy, but that was the only redeeming value about the entire set, which I mostly listened to from the backyard. By the time Polka Madre had even gone on, it was nearing 8:00 and my guestlisted friend and I (with fellow ticket-holders) were forced to leave early for AWS, missing PBC and T&A (at least for me, the major draw for me attending in the first place).

And the attempt to see Cursive later on? Well, we got into Purchase about 9:40 only to be thwarted by a combination of SUNY Purchase campus security and Purchase police, who guarded the entrance and would only allow cars with at least one student in it onto campus property. Bum deal, since I'd heard past years with Culture Shock were a little friendlier/admissible to non-students.

So we got to the Knitting Factory as the Hunt was just starting their set. I'm always sure to check out an opening band I'm not familiar with via their MySpace page or what have you prior to seeing them; I could only groan when I got to the Hunt's page full of promo shots of their terrible haircuts and cringeworthy overtones of some physical glam/`80s post-punk combination. Live, it was equally bad; their stage presence was over the top and they were sure to dress in coordinating outfits. Their singer reminded me of a nauseating cross between Rufio (the "Hook" character, not the pop-punk band) and Bono. Here's the thing: Musically, they were very competent and actually pretty decent, as far as atmospheric `80s post-punk goes (think your typical modern Joy Division aper, but with big arena guitar hooks ¡ la early U2 or something). But the entire get-up was just ruining it for me. Strip away the gimmicks and they'd be an overall solid band.

After chants of the "The `80s are over!" finally died down (which seems sort of hypocritical, since you could probably holler something similar at A Wilhelm Scream about the `90s), A Wilhelm Scream was ready to rock. Having gone two and a half years without seeing them, I was pretty excited myself. Seriously, A Wilhelm Scream is just monstrous live; every guitarist stands on the edge of the stage and noodles away while the sound booms through the venue from the almost over-the-top contribution of every member. Last year's addition of Brian Robinson on bass has made the band's trio of guitarists absolutely mind-boggling with the riffs they manage to put away and the complexity they retain at such speeds. Nuno Pereira did a near-perfect job gravelly bellowing along while inciting the crowd with mic points and amusing bits of acting (i.e. air scrolling while singing "The revolution rock hits sound like shit through your iPod"). They all seemed to be in great spirits, even on the last day of a fairly long tour.

All the while, there was slam pit action from a few rambunctious participants, who must have had a quota of people to bump into that night. Sporadic hardcore kids brought the energy alongside the occasional studded denim jacket-clad street punk or polo-ed out 'normal.' The band's melodic hardcore undercurrents meeting their skatepunk technicality creates a pretty awesome crossover sound that I guess makes sense when seeing the range it draws in. The intermittent stage dive was nice to see, as was the psyched one-man pile-on.

Even though this day didn't really work out in my favor, the one hit in these three at bats was a serious grand slam. I can't say every punk band matches the energy, fun and power of their studio sound, especially one known for their complexity and speed, but A Wilhelm Scream is certainly an exception to the rule.

Set list (8:11-8:47):

  1. Jaws 3, People 0
  2. Hike
  3. The Kids Can Eat a Bag of Dicks
  4. -----
  5. Famous Friends and Fashion Drunks
  6. Killing It
  7. We Built This City (On Debts and Booze)
  8. -----
  9. Me vs. Morrissey in the Pretentiousness Contest (The Ladder Match)
  10. -----
  11. I Wipe My Ass with Showbiz
  12. 5 to 9
  13. -----
  14. The Horse
  15. -----
  16. The Rip
  17. -----
  18. The King Is Dead
1 from Benefits of Thinking Out Loud
2 from Mute Print
4 from Ruiner
5 from Career Suicide

 

 
People who liked this also liked:
Polar Bear Club - Sometimes Things Just DisappearSpitalfield - Stop Doing Bad ThingsRuiner - What Could Possibly Go Right...No Trigger - CanyoneerThe Clash - London CallingThis Is Hell - SundowningBlackpool Lights - This Town's DisasterSinking Ships - DisconnectingCapital - Signal CorpsAchilles - Hospice

Please login or register to post comments.What are the benefits of having a Punknews.org account?
  • Share your opinion by posting comments on the stories that interest you
  • Rate music and bands and help shape the weekly top ten
  • Let Punknews.org use your ratings to help you find bands and albums you might like
  • Customize features on the site to get the news the way you want.
Fine Print: The following comments are owned by whoever posted them. We are not respon sible for them in any way. Seriously.
BJR (April 26, 2008)

Normz vs punx!

foolsgold (April 25, 2008)

Good show. AWS were great, as per usual. The Unseen were pretty mediocre, but it didn't really help that half of the crowd left after AWS finished. Seriously--half the crowd. Good to see that AWS is getting a big draw because they totally deserve it.

stewarty (April 25, 2008)

Did the Unseen not play under rancid last year?

AWS had Failsafe and All idols fall as the support last time they toured the UK

blip (April 25, 2008)

AWS is amazing live. I would have stayed for the Unseen because they're usually a lot of fun.

thatsyouth (April 24, 2008)

i saw them in austin and im pretty sure they played that exact set. it was amazing. but im an out of shape college kid so i had to sit out the horse and 5 to 9.

thereveling (April 24, 2008)

You must have been following me. Left ABC's around 7:30 and missed PBC and Thieves to catch an unbelievable AWS set. Top 3 bands I've ever seen live, just wished they headlined, fuck the unseen, everyone was there to see them. Boooo on the no encore.

damnitsderek (April 24, 2008)

A Wilhelm Scream is just monstrous live; every guitarist stands on the edge of the stage and noodles away while the sound booms through the venue from the almost over-the-top contribution of every member. Last year's addition of Brian Robinson on bass has made the band's trio of guitarists absolutely mind-boggling with the riffs they manage to put away and the complexity they retain at such speeds.

I don't think I've ever agreed more with a statement than this. Robinson is a fucking amazing bassist and has the stage presence to match the talent. The two times I've seen these guys have been among my favorite shows ever.

miff (April 24, 2008)

"Last year's addition of Brian Robinson on bass"
actually he started playing with them in 2006; however, i suppose he only recorded with them last year.
http://www.punknews.org/article/16809

go-jimmy (April 24, 2008)

Good review, but you forgot to mention that career suicide was voted album of the year last year by punknews readers.

cloudkicker (April 23, 2008)

That's fucking strange that the Hunt played with AWS. The Hunt is awesome, but that is just bizarre. I'm going to chock it up to The Vigilantes having played with Slapping Isiah or whatever AWS was called way back when.

usversusthem (April 23, 2008)

Holy shit I watched the Chicago show via YouTube earlier today and it looked pretty awesome. I can't wait for their Canadian tour this summer (if they don't come to Montreal I may have to travel to Toronto to see them... again.)

damnitsderek (April 23, 2008)

Though I've never listened to The Hunt, I think I can safely say this:

The Hunter > The Hunt

Also, I can't get enough of AWS live. I'm insanely jealous that you guys got Jaws and We Built This City.

minorkaty (April 23, 2008)

This show was pretty awesome.
The Hunt reminded my friend of U2, and reminded me, somewhat, of TSOL. Hmm...

baseball (April 23, 2008)

A Wilhelm Scream really seem to be drawing better the last two times I've seen them, good for them.

One of my favorite live bands. They sound absolutely phenominal.

lostandclowned (April 23, 2008)

yeah. aws were great.

punk_rawk_show (April 23, 2008)

Yeh ill be going to the Adelaide show, you 2 guys below me going to any of the massive Strung Out / No use for a name tour

Grub (April 23, 2008)

I'm going to the sydney show... but why 2 shows in perth you would imagine that syd or melbourne would sell out quicker?

drewshaw (April 23, 2008)

i can not wait for the two shows these fellas are playing in Perth, Aus. gonna be the best time ever

Mattew (April 22, 2008)

I threw up the entire show from Chicago on youtube, same set list, video quality is watchable but the sound is really good for a live recording.

http://www.youtube.com/user/Mattew4

TommyPickles (April 22, 2008)

A Wilhelm Scream fucking dominated and opening with Jaws 3, People 0 was amazing, Static Radio were decent and pretty funny. The Hunt was; how should I put this? Just terrible, as soon as they started I thought I might of heard something new and interesting and good but no, not at all. They sounded like a really really bad version of Joy Division. The best part was when someone yelled "get off the stage," which made my night all the better, and with a semi dangerous jump/fall from the guitarist the hunt was over. After them A Wilhelm Scream came on and like I said they just fucking dominated. As for the Unseen, they remained unseen.

HOISTDATRAG (April 22, 2008)

Seeing them Saturday in Providence.. those shows are always considerable fun.

onegirlarmy (April 22, 2008)

Definitely one of the best sets I've ever seen AWS play, even though the earlier show didn't work out. They were tighter than I've seen them in a long time, especially with the new lineup. It's mind boggling how good they were that night.

ramo (April 22, 2008)

AWS was the biggest crowd pleaser of the night which was rightfully so after years performing in the city only to have such lukewarm receptions from the audience. I'm glad these guys are getting the attention they deserve, at least in NYC. It's always fun to have a drink with Nuno and reminisce good times.

As for the PBC show, unfortunately I missed out on what I heard was a great set. Too bad I won't see them 'til August. Luckily I did catch Thieves and Assassins before I bolted into the night. Solid performance from the guys.

Ramo

ThomPunkAheaddotcom (April 22, 2008)

AWS are playing under the Unseen? Are the Unseen bigger in the states than AWS because the Unseen were the support act when AWS came UK over a year ago i'm pretty certain

Exclusive Streams

Sponsored


Newest Reviews

Punknews.org Team

Other Places to Go