Partycrasher is A Wilhelm Scream's first full-length since 2007's Career Suicide, a wide layoff by just about any measurement, but one that feels especially canyon-like given what's changed between now and then: six years ago, there weren't a billion bands of questionable accord jockeying for attention from increasingly capricious music fans. Record royalties and listener attention spans weren't quite shrinking in concert with one another yet. Things were different and simpler then, and this band's sound continues to serve as a reminder of that.Positive vibes abound, though.
"'Partycrasher' is overflowing with singalong moments and air guitar opportunities." Well, it had to happen eventually. After a trio of releases that ever increased the furious fretboard fireworks, A Wilhelm Scream have returned from a lengthy break, noticeably chilled out on the shred. That’s not to say ‘Partycrasher’ isn’t another excellent auditory treat, it just works in different ways.
It's been six years since A Wilhelm Scream last graced the punk scene with a proper full-length of their expertly crafted, technically able, wisecracking style that nails that hidden sweet spot between grizzled skatepunk and melodic hardcore. Hell, it's been four years since they really gave us much of anything, but Partycrasher satiates the long wait. After the disarmingly simple double-time of opener "Boat Builders," Partycrasher hits a great early stride.