A Wilhelm Scream – A Wilhelm Scream EP
Record Label: Paper + Plastick
Release Date: November 20, 2009
If A Wilhelm Scream EP is any indication of the A Wilhelm Scream to come, you might as well just hand the keys to the emerging punk scene to this Massachusetts prodigy group. Tracing closely the sound they reveled in on 2007's Career Suicide, A Wilhelm Scream regroup and reload on what is likely 2009's best EP, returning with more focus than ever before. They're at the head of the pack of aspiring melodic hardcore bands for that reason - they approach vicious aggressiveness with competent songwriting, and are unrivaled in both respects.
What makes A Wilhelm Scream EP so great is that it's crass, but smart at the same time. While the middle-fingers-up attitude of "Every Great Story Has A Shower Scene" ("Get fucked!") is almost strictly party material, it contrasts nicely with the picky technicality of "Skid Rock's" blaring riffs. "Australias" flaunts a raspy melody, and "Fun Time" is an interesting half-tempo piece that scrapes its nails on the chalkboard of boredom: "All day long, I sing this song / Then I stop and sing it again / I don't know how it begins / I just know it never ends." By the time "Bulletproof Tiger" rolls around, you're fully prepared for its blend of carefully calculated verses and no-bars-hold anthem of a chorus.
A Wilhelm Scream has everything going for them. Every aspect of their sound preaches excellence, and their cohesiveness makes for a sinfully pleasurable listen. Now it's all about what's next - they've done 5 songs, but can they do another full length with the same consistency? But even in the unlikely event that they fail (put it up there with Palin winning the presidency and Rolling Stone turning conservative), A Wilhelm Scream EP more than satisfies a craving for punk in the lasting value that it bears. Long live this band.