A while ago, July 7, 2018 to be exact, The Wirms released their first full-length album. After being lucky enough to see them live for at least a couple of years, the first question I had to ask myself was, “Will this record capture all the sweaty, squirmy intensity of their live show?” As I am typing this I can still feel the squirming inside of me. I can even still smell the sweat, also my air conditioner has not been working lately, so that might just be me. Considering I have seen Skyler Gambert and Tyler Harrington literally dripping sweat after coming off stage, it would not surprise me if the album had a smell.
Everything hits you at once when you drop the needle onto the vinyl; the angst, anger, pain, and occasionally some longing in Skler’s vocals, his guitar switching between a piercing buzzsaw and a rockabilly swagger, sometimes in the same song, sometimes at the same time. Couple that with Tyler’s drumming; always fast-paced, always urgent, always powerful. The stand-out track for me is definitely “What’s Ailing Me”, although the whole album is great from beginning to end. If I had to find a problem, it’s that I feel like Side A should be on Side B, and vice versa, but that is just a nitpick.
So to answer the question, this album does a really good job of capturing the magnitude of one of The Wirms‘ live shows. If you have not been to one of their live shows, first of all, what the hell is the matter with you. Secondly, go see them as soon as possible. You will not regret it, and I would love to see you there.