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Show Me The Body Concert Review

Show Me The Body
September 21st, 2016
The Bottleneck - Lawrence, KS

Julian Pratt of Show Me The Body
Queens, New York trio Show Me The Body shook awake a small Wednesday night crowd at The Bottleneck. The group seamlessly blends together punk, noise rock, and hip-hop in a style not unlike Sacramento's Death Grips. With amplifiers and the drum set placed on stage, two-thirds of the group performed from the floor. Vocalist/banjo player Julian Pratt took to the "stage" while sending menacing glares to every member of the front row before grabbing his banjo and letting fly half an hour of abrasive, experimental rock music.

At times Pratt would drop the banjo as his rhythm section took on a more simplistic style while he clutched the mic and pushed his snarling delivery into a more hip-hop direction. When he had his instrument in hand, bassist Harlan Steed never stopped ripping, but other moments found him manipulating electronic equipment and creating grooves for Pratt to spew to. The size of the crowd didn't surpass 50, but that didn't prevent Show Me The Body from putting on one of the most vicious and impressive sets Lawrence has seen all year.

Ebony Tusks played before Show Me The Body. The local trio shifted into a duo for the evening -- one member skipped out to see Chance The Rapper in Kansas City. While the performance wasn't executed as impeccably as other recent sets, Martinez Hillard elicited a remarkably loud crowd response and delivered some emotional words about our country's current social and cultural landscapes.

Ricky Roosevelt and Alccalh are members of the Vivid Zebra collective. The duo has been working on a project together and performed several unreleased songs from it. Alccalh's smooth, bass-heavy beats paired well with Roosevelt's quick and bubbling flow, making for catchy hip-hop tunes without piling on any gimmicks. Several songs matched the style Tione and Alccalh's "Holupyah" from earlier this year. Roosevelt and Alccalh were joined by Raymond for the final song, by which point several audience members were hopping along and carrying out some fairly embarrassing dance moves.

Lawrence band Macemouth opened the show at 9 p.m. Mitch Hewlett and Josh Hartranft have been performing together in Westerners for over two years, but recently decided to begin writing songs as a duo as well. The outcome of this partnership is noisy, mid-paced kind-of-punk songs for not-punks. Hartranft's crude, uninspired banter in-between songs only cemented the band's role as a loud band for college kids to drunkenly push mosh to.

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