Fresh from playing Leeds and Reading this past weekend, the melodic hardcore mob of A Wilhelm Scream decided to pay a visit to Newcastle for a much more exclusive show.
Sunderland’s Newbridge Downfall open the show with their straight-up and pretty much passable punk-rock, while there is nothing necessarily wrong with what they are doing – ignoring the out-of-tune guitar that rapidly gets resolved – their set comprising of tracks from their forthcoming debut full-length Reprisals and Regrets gets a little bit samey, but nothing offensive, yet nothing spectacular, managing to get a few heads bopping.
There’s something endearingly humble about locals Pure Graft as frontman Lesta begins by spouting “Alreet, we’re from Tyneside!” down the mic, spending the rest of the set pacing back-and-forth on the floor, not setting foot on the stage once and inviting people to get closer, as they belt out their fast and brash melodic hardcore, with the vast majority enjoying every second of it.
Having not played Newcastle since January 2008, you can tell by the instant and rabid reaction that A Wilhelm Scream receive that people are gagging for the Massachusetts five-piece, as the band flaunt their technical punk full of intricate guitar work and furious drumming; the sound that they are so very well known for and playing it to absolute perfection, with vocalist Nuno Pereira gulping down a bottle of Newcastle Brown Ale throughout.
Delivering an assortment of tunes from their back catalogue keeping the Geordie crowd happy, providing sing-alongs aplenty, with tracks such as The Kids Can Eat a Bag of Dicks and The Rip, as well as I Wipe My Ass With Showbiz and The Horse all setting off a crammed frenzy of moshing and crowd-surfing; the most active show at Trillians in long time.
Although, abrutly finishing with favourites Me vs. Morrissey in the Pretentious Contest (The Ladder Match) and Famous Friends and Fashion, it certainly didn’t over look the blinding performance just witnessed for the mere price of £5, an absolute steal.
– Faye Turnbull.
For photos of the show, click HERE.