A Wilhelm Scream from New Bedford, Massachusetts are one of the most technically proficient and respected bands in the scene today. We caught up with singer Nuno Pereira following their UK/Europe tour for a brief chat about their band’s experiences, their stunning album Partycrasher and their views on DIY punk.
How did A Wilhelm Scream start?
We began like most bands, in a basement having fun.
What would you consider your local punk scene?
The local scene in New Bedford, MA is, and has always been, fucking incredible. Right now bands like Blind Mice and Raindance are doing big things.
Do you have any tips for small DIY bands just starting up?
Don’t chase some goofy idea of stardom. If you embark on this fucked up ride with anything less than the purest intent to have fun and write good songs then just don’t. Don’t.
You guys are heavy and technical, but the sound is clearly rooted in punk. How would you describe your sound?
I like to describe our sound as really really good looking.
How much do you think the “heavy” side of punk has changed since you started up?
Music will always go through fads and change for better or worse. To try and wrap my head around what I consider hard or what some dude calls punk is just to stressful. I just can’t.
Where are your favourite places to play?
Europe and the UK are great. The summer festival season in Europe is so dope. I do love the good ol USA as well. So in no order London, Barcelona, San Fransisco, New Bedford, Denver and Los Angeles.
Have you noticed much difference in punk scenes/crowds across the world?
I love that scenes thousands of mile away from each other can share so many of he same qualities. It’s always been a blast learning the differences and each place’s nuances.
How was Reading and Leeds?
It was a great party. We rode some rides. Woo!
How was the reception to Partycrasher?
It was well received. Hail Satan.
Do you have a favourite song to play live?
Not really, you should pick one for me. [I picked “Born a Wise Man”.]
What are your plans for the rest of the year?
Heal up from knee surgery. Learn to play the banjo… for real this time.
What are you listening to at the moment?
The Dirty Nil.
Thanks for being involved, we really, really appreciate it.