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A Wilhelm Scream / Heartsounds: live in Rockville Centrelive in Rockville Centre (2010)
Reviewer Rating: 4
Contributed by: InaGreendaseBrian
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I have Man the Change's EP sitting somewhere around here for review and remember being relatively impressed upon my sole listen. So I ensured I would get to this show in time for them and made it pretty much on the dot. They kicked off this show (post-metalcore local openers) with a fairly promising.
I have Man the Change's EP sitting somewhere around here for review and remember being relatively impressed upon my sole listen. So I ensured I would get to this show in time for them and made it pretty much on the dot. They kicked off this show (post-metalcore local openers) with a fairly promising sound that resembled a collision of the No Trigger, Small Brown Bike and Bigwig demos. The only thing that really bugged me was how loud their one co-vocalist was mic'd compared to his bandmate. It was borderline obnoxious.
There was a theme this week of seeing awesome bands in smaller venues and A Wilhelm Scream continued it. Usually they're playing in NYC at the Knitting Factory when they come around this way, but they came a little further east to play the Vibe Lounge, a pretty tiny place (~150 cap) near the Rockville Centre train station. I wasn't sure how the turnout would be, honestly, being this is kind of a pseudo-market for them, but oh, people came out. Most packed out the front; others formed a push-pit for most of the set; several others did the best they could to dive off an eight-inch stage and otherwise get horizontal on the crowd.
Song titles were shouted out to the band pretty much the entire time. But AWS didn't ignore all of them (as they did for hearty, relentless requests for "Diver"); when they ended their set with "Famous Friends and Fashion Drunks" (a woefully underrated cut from 2004's Mute Print), they were informed they had time for another, and obliged the crowd's mouth-foaming with "The Rip."
All the while, though, the band, well, ripped. What's more to say? Speedy punk with a melodic hardcore flair and precision playing, through the exhilarating pace of cuts like "9 to 5," "The Horse" and "Me vs. Morrissey...". The set list spanned the band's most recent three LPs, plus their newer self-titled EP, so fans of every shade seemed sedated.
Set list (9:37-10:24):
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