A Wilhelm Scream / Heartsounds

A Wilhelm Scream / Heartsounds: live in Rockville Centrelive in Rockville Centre (2010)
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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.

Ink & Lead followed. One of the newer Hot Water Music-esque upstarts out on Long Island, they play a faster, slightly hardcore-inspired version that made a lot of sense on this lineup. But it was kind of a bummer, since they said it was their last show (unexpected, to me anyway) and they were down a guitarist (and the lone guy had technical issues). Plus, most of the band's few followers didn't even seem to be there for their buddies' farewell. They still sounded ruggedly good for the songs they plowed through from both their demo and split LP with Sister Kisser.

Heartsounds had a surprisingly big reaction. Maybe I just forgot about their Epitaph signing, which could have either resulted in a bit of a following or helped act as the cause for the inking in the first place. Anyway, they all were super into the band's scrappy, poppy take on '90s skatepunk with hints of guitar wizardry. They busted out three-fourths of their 2009 full-length, Until We Surrender, with polite but charged sing-alongs coming from the crowd in front of them. The band played pretty tightly, unraveling their harsh lyrics through super melodic jams.

Set list (8:48-9:21):

  1. Our Last Hope
  2. Walking Dead [?]
  3. Slave to a Heart That Strays
  4. Reoccurring Grey
  5. ?
  6. I Climbed for Miles
  7. Until We Surrender
  8. The Song Inside Me

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):
  1. Career Suicide
  2. When I Was Alive: Walden III
  3. Australias
  4. Get Mad, You Son of a Bitch
  5. The Kids Can Eat a Bag of Dicks
  6. Skid Rock
  7. Me vs. Morrissey in the Pretentiousness Contest (The Ladder Match)
  8. I Wipe My Ass with Showbiz
  9. 5 to 9
  10. Dreaming of Throwing Up
  11. The Horse
  12. The King Is Dead
  13. Famous Friends and Fashion Drunks
  14. The Rip


People who liked this also liked:
The Lawrence Arms - Oh! Calcutta!No Trigger - CanyoneerHeartsounds - Until We SurrenderThe Flatliners - CavalcadeGates - Bloom & BreatheThe Ataris - So Long, AstoriaBigwig - Unmerry MelodiesNo Motiv - LolaFairweather - LusitaniaBandits of the Acoustic Revolution - A Call to Arms

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pinkerton (November 10, 2010)

isn't the venue in a shopping mall?

my band played there, and I remember using a shopping cart to load the gear in.

damnitsderek (November 9, 2010)

It may just be me, but that's an awfully short set list, even for AWS. Every time I've seen them headline, I want to say they get to at least 17-18 songs.

danperrone (November 9, 2010)

they played "diver" the night before in asbury park at the lanes! that was a sick show...AWS killed it.

i thought heartsounds was not very good. i am a big fan of the album, but their vocals live were really poor. ben was missing notes left and right (especially higher notes) and laura's voice isn't that great to begin with (her voice does not translate well in the live setting).

onegirlarmy (November 9, 2010)

People complaining that this show wasn't in the city: we got offered to do them and were going to do them in either Brooklyn or Manhattan, but it didn't work out and Vibe Lounge got the show instead. We tried.

However, this show was 30 mins max from the city by train and the train station is RIGHT across the street from the venue. It's a little extra money but you really had no excuse. Driving home from Brooklyn we got home super quick.

IamtheAvatar (November 9, 2010)

sedated? that doesn't sound like an AWS show at all.

jp13 (November 9, 2010)

they played diver in asbury the night before, they played get mad you son of a bitch instead in LI

mattferraro (November 9, 2010)

GOTSMUCH what band are you in? And thanks for the kind words we really appreciate it!

gotsmuch (November 9, 2010)

i randomly played a show with man the change when i was in NY... those are some swell guys.

Badastrojon (November 9, 2010)

Thumbs up for anybody who also awaits the one show that they'll play "Diver." One of my absolute favorite songs. Period.

drunkwithpower (November 9, 2010)

AWS go off live, they're nuts. They just can't help themselves.

teaessare (November 9, 2010)

great show, i missed part of heartsounds set which really t'd me o, considering i sat through the amazingly terrible metalcore acts that opened. MTC and I&L were sick too.

iamtheed (November 9, 2010)

bummed they didn't play NYC this time around. No offense Brian... I don't go to Long Island for shows, haha

mattferraro (November 9, 2010)

Thanks for the review of my band Man The Change...such a kick ass show to play. Wilhelm actually played diver the night before in Asbury. I was hoping they would play it again but I'll be happy with hearing it once haha. Stoked they didn't end up forgetting to play the rip. Super nice guys.

If you want to download the new Man The Change cd for free hit up our bandcamp. MTCFree.com (manthechange.bandcamp.com)

lostandclowned (November 9, 2010)

I wasn't sure how many people would show up either. The earlier bands were high school metalcore acts so it was a little weird at first. I hadn't heard Heartsounds before but they were great and Wilhelm were in top form. Good show.

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