Photo Gallery: Webbb / Mock Identity / Young Mvchetes / Prüde at Kum-N-Go

Pace Picante of Webbb
Webbb's June 27 gig will go down as one of the hardest to hit Kansas City in the summer of 2018, and perhaps the whole year. Members of the McAllen, Texas crew had visited town last summer in a previous band, Narb, but the music of Webbb is an entirely different beast. Vocalist Pace Picante's howls were sent through as much reverb as the mixer could muster while his band kicked out tough-as-nails hardcore punk jams that grew grittier with every minute that passed for all 15 minutes. While the punks slammed and two-stepped through each song's breakdowns, guitarist TJ Palacios hammered on extra blasts of squealing noise via a small module attached to their guitar. This extra bit of sonic chaos was the cherry on top of the band's futuristic hardcore aesthetic and lit up the eyes of every ignorant rocker in the room.

D.C. post-punk outfit Mock Identity provided balance to the otherwise aggressive evening. The group's unconventional, no wave-ish approach to melody and its sleak, cutting guitar tones made each song feel as if it were a unique puzzle. Puzzle masters or not, fans grooved and nodded along the whole way.

Friends of the group and open-minded rockers watched what was easily Young Mvchetes' finest punk show set so far. In a tight 20 minutes, the Topeka noise rap collective unleashed every bit of rage in their bodies and paid tribute to past revolutionaries through samples. Though an attempt at crowd interaction failed -- like most do at punk shows -- many in the crowd seemed mesmerized when rappers Kody Stadler and Bryan Kincade stood in the middle of the basement, staring each other down and trading bars during one moment late in the set.

Prüde opened the show with what was undoubtedly their most intense outing to date. Bassist Bailey Larkin -- who donned a ski mask for most of the set -- and guitarist Jake Streiff began to spar before the band even hit its first note. The basement lights had been shut off and a blue stage light brought by the Young Mvchetes crew was the only source of illumination. This lighting setup, the close quarters of the Kum-N-Go basement, and the band's highly moshable style of hardcore punk kicked the night off right as roughly a dozen brave fans jumped into the fray. The band also capped off its set with a new song, its longest yet -- one that inches along, building to the point of absolute madness before finally exploding, not unlike many Dark Ages favorites.

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