In support of their fantastic new album Partycrasher Massachusetts melodic hardcore quintet A Wilhelm Scream returned to the Borderline in London as part of their first UK headline tour in almost 4 years.
Opening up proceedings were Brighton based pop-punkers Gnarwolves (****) who’ve developed a growing reputation and fanbase over the last 12 months from their relentless touring schedule. From the moment they kicked into opening track History Is Bunk a large mosh pit opened up and the sing-alongs began! You’d be unlikely to find a crowd this rowdy for a support act anywhere else in the UK right now but this is a testament to how big of a fan base Gnarwolves have built up. By the end of their set there is stage diving and crowd surfing aplenty before they close with Melody Had Big Plans from latest EP Funemployed which created one of the biggest and best pits of the evening.
By the time A Wilhelm Scream (*****) take to the stage the Borderline is crammed full and from the second they kick into opening track Boat Builders the bodies start flying towards the stage. As they break into fan-favourite The Kids Can Eat a Big of Dicks it is pure anarchy – a chaotic pit dominates the venue floor and bodies to fly towards the stage. Vocalist Nuno Pereira (along with everyone in the pit) is as sweaty as your average basketball player, proving he’s putting everything he’s got into this set.
The amount of musical talent on stage is jaw dropping, Skid Rock perhaps best demonstrates this with bassist Brian Robinson’s finger-tapping, bass-driven intro being followed by guitarists Trevor Reilly and Mike Supina providing some of the best combination guitar work you’re likely to find in contemporary punk rock.
Tonight’s setlist was heavily based around material from the bands last three albums (Ruiner, Career Suicide and Partycrasher). The fast paced technicality of these albums translated very well to their live show, with an increased sense of adrenaline and danger. The galloping drums, the crushing riffs and technical solos and Robinson’s impressive bass playing gives the band an incredibly fast tempo, making a 70 minute set fly by.
A Wilhelm Scream proved tonight that they can turn a tiny venue into a sweaty madhouse like no other punk band. They remain a light-year ahead of the competition when it comes to energetic live punk rock.