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A Wilhelm Scream / Living with Lions: live in Brooklynlive in Brooklyn (2009)
Paper and Plastick
Reviewer Rating: 4
Contributed by: InaGreendaseBrian
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The new Knitting Factory nestles itself on 361 Metropolitan Ave., and an unfortunate 20-30 blocks from where my friend and I decided to park the car. Consequently, we missed the Reveling, who was designating the show as their CD release party for their extremely decent new EP, 3D Radio [review forth.
The new Knitting Factory nestles itself on 361 Metropolitan Ave., and an unfortunate 20-30 blocks from where my friend and I decided to park the car. Consequently, we missed the Reveling, who was designating the show as their CD release party for their extremely decent new EP, 3D Radio [review forthcoming].
And even though I'd seen their whole set at The Fest (skipping Russian Circles), I was still pretty excited to see A Wilhelm Scream again, especially in a considerably smaller venue. And shit, they delivered. It was exactly the set of speedy, aggressive and technical yet ingeniously melodic punk rock one expects from the band. They hit almost every note dead on yet exuded a welcomed raw energy throughout, as frontman Nuno Pereira beamed in his thrash-flipped Municipal Waste hat (an apparent adored item of his on this tour) and Gorilla Biscuits hoodie (Queens sitting just one borough over).
There were pauses among almost all the songs, but they were thankfully brief, and it allowed the band to squeeze nearly 20 songs into a surprising hour-long set. I'm sure Smackin' Isiah fans were aching for something from Benefits of Thinking Out Loud (or maybe even earlier?), but I was more than pleased that the band stuck to their last (and easily best) three albums. They played plenty of the standouts, and even threw in two new ones from their forthcoming self-titled EP.
The crowd was adoring all of it, and considering the Copyrights were playing a few blocks away and Comeback Kid one bridge away, there were a good number of them here. They were also much cooler than last time, with way less inconsiderate push-mosh and more plain ol' getting siked on life. Sing-alongs, finger-points, poorly executed lift-ups and an occasional stage diver was the main activity at hand.
With all those tours I saw at Fest making their way up here, this week should be pretty cool (Touché Amoré and Shook Ones have respective tours hitting up NYC and LI starting today-- get on it!), and this was just the start.
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