Album of the Week: Show Me The Body - Trouble The Water
NYC-based experimental hardcore trio have something in the water on their third studio album + new records from King Gizz, Theo Parrish, Fred Again.., Drugdealer and more
Since their 2016 debut album Body War, it was clear that simply referring to Show Me The Body as a “hardcore” band wouldn’t quite cut it, as while their musical foundation definitely stems from there, the NYC-based trio didn’t feel restricted by genre boundaries, as their experimental, banjo-featuring compositions would push the avantgarde and experimental side of things in a unique and engaging manner.
Six years later and the band have been honing their sound, known for their raucous underground live shows in abandoned buildings or under bridges, while also pushing things forward in the studio, as heard on third album Trouble The Water.
Across 12 songs and 38 minutes (their longest album to date), the band strike an impressive balance between more traditional NYC-Hardcore of We Came To Play, War Not Beef or Demeanor balanced by the more exploratory but no equally less rewarding Out Of Place, Buck 50 or most recent single WW4.
In an era of trend chasing, including the recently in-vogue again hardcore styles, Show Me The Body retain a true punk ethos, with Trouble The Water a perfect recorded snapshot of that in 2022.
The best of the rest of this week's records:
Darkthrone - Astral Fortress [Peaceville Records Ltd] NOR
Dorian Concept - What We Do For Others [Brainfeeder] AUT
Drugdealer - Hiding in Plain Sight [Mexican Summer] USA
Fred Again.. - Actual Life 3 (January 1 - September 9 2022) [Warner Music Australia] ENG
Junior Boys - Waiting Game [City Slang] CAN
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard [KGLW] AUS
Theo Parrish - DJ Kicks: Detroit Forward [!K7 Records] USA
Vera Blue - Mercurial [Island Records / UMA] AUS
Your Old Droog - The Yodfather [Droog Recordings] USA