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Smackin' Isaiah formed in 1997 in New Bedford, Massachusetts when most of its members were still in high school. Originally named Koen and mainly influenced by Nirvana, their sound drifted from grunge, to having ska influences, to finally settling down on melodic hardcore. Their line-up changed slightly with Nuno Pereira as vocalist, Trevor Reilly as lead guitarist, Jonathan Teves as bassist, John Carvalho as rhythm guitarist and Nicholas Pasquale Angelini as drummer. John Carvalho left the band in 2001 and was quickly replaced by Christopher Levesque who swapped with Trevor by taking on lead guitar duties while Trevor became their rhythm guitarist.Read More...
They put out several tapes, most notably: "Give Girls More Beer..." and "Gets Eaten Alive!" In 2001 they released a split CD with Moronique and Merrick entitled "6:6:6". Their first full-length album was "The Way To A Girl's Heart Is Through Her Boyfriend's Stomach", which was later re-released on Jump Start Records because Tank Records release did not print enough copies. Their last album before changing their name to A Wilhelm Scream was "Benefits of Thinking Out Loud". It was released three times, twice under Smackin' Isaiah and once under A Wilhelm Scream. Smackin' Isaiah became A Wilhelm Scream in 2004.