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Making some noise

A Wilhelm Scream leads the pack during upcoming Whistler Punk Series event



Who: A Wilhelm Scream, Turkey Sale Pre-Party

When: Thursday, Oct. 8, doors at 9 p.m.

Where: GLC

Cost: $10

Local punk lovers: prepare for a night of musical revelry, courtesy of the Whistler Punk Series, which is back in a big way this week, hosting a special pre-turkey sale party at the GLC with A Wilhelm Scream at the helm.

With Nuno Pereira on vocals, Trevor Reilly on guitar and vocals, Brian Robinson on bass and vocals, Mike Supina on guitar and Nick Angelini on drums, these guys will steer the ship of pure punk rock late into the night.

Originally from New Bedford, Massachusetts - the "armpit" of Massachusetts, as Reilly fondly refers to it - these guys have been a fixture on the skate punk scene for a long time. In their current incarnation, A Wilhelm Scream, the group has existed for almost eight years, but before that, they went by the name Smackin' Isaiah.

They just kicked off their Canadian tour alongside The Artist Life and The Riot Before with shows in Toronto and Montreal. So far, the Canadian tour has been smooth sailing.

"It's been so awesome - both those shows were like insane, really, really high energy," Reilly said Monday.

But it's hard to compare any on-the-road show with a gig back home.

"Playing a show there, they're going to want to hear songs I wrote when I was 15 years old," Reilly said. "There's always at least two or three kids at every show, if we're near our hometown, especially playing New Bedford, they're just calling out the oldies from way back."

Pereira, Angelini and Reilly first met up in high school, where they started their quest to make solid punk rock, just for fun. Now, they've traveled the world together, bringing their music to the masses, and they're still true to that simple purpose of making music for fun. Their music isn't clouded with visions of grandeur, riches and fame. Rather, they're focused on creating lyrics and music that speaks to the fans, without the typical messages of romance and politics that come hand-in-hand with the genre. They sing about things they know - like how red wine can ruin a good night - married with harmonized guitar riffs.

"I'm sure there's definitely some things we could have done differently over the years that would have put us on a different path, like if we would have taken some advice from people that worked with us and stuff."

But making the moves to become more commercially appealing just never felt right.