With Trouble The Water, Show Me The Body solidifies a legacy of confronting and permanently shifting the rigid limitations of the hardcore genre.
Recorded entirely at CORPUS studios in Long Island City and produced with Arthur Rizk (Power Trip, Turnstile, Municipal Waste), Trouble The Water is the culmination of nearly a decade of barrelling against New York City’s structural ambivalence and indifference; an invocation to a like-minded global community to consider the alchemy of family-building, and of turning water to blood. The 12 tracks that make up Trouble The Water both reference and pay homage to the physical city and the sounds of NYC, and the people and subcultures that encapsulate its true foundation, style, and spirit.
With Julian Cashwan Pratt’s most encantatory, interrogative poetry to date, and Harlan Steed expanding the glitchy, caustic arena of his electronic experimentation, the band is feeling more like themselves than ever. The founding duo, who have worked together since 2009, use Trouble The Water to methodically inhabit one another’s forms; Pratt experimented recklessly with production and synths, while Steed challenged his own focus to include melodies and riffs.
Although the title invokes the ancient alchemy Moses wielded to free and unite Israelite peoples, Trouble The Water refuses nostalgia or mimicry. Instead, it considers the sublime power of the unifying physical practices that can be enacted daily, to invoke immeasurable spiritual and collective reactions. If we are really living through the end of the world, maybe every movement we make, no matter how slight, is truly boundless and radical. Trouble The Water is at once a homily for those left behind or displaced, and a searing investigation of what survival looks like from within the borders of an aggressively policed city and state, that postures those unignorable calls for rage and migration to a world at war.
Show Me The Body is an ecclesiastical hardcore trio consisting of Julian Cashwan Pratt (banjo and vocals), Harlan Steed (bass), and Jackie McDermott (current drummer). The band, originally started in 2009, have released a handful of EPs and two groundbreaking studio albums in 2016's Body War and 2019’s Dog Whistle. They have organized non-traditional, intentional DIY spaces for New York City youth since 2015, and since expanded that work to a global capacity through their urgent, ceremonial live shows, subterranean punk and hip-hop mixed tours, and their CORPUS NYC platform. Through the intentional cultivation of their local and global chosen families, and a decade-long dedication to sustaining the New York sound, Show Me The Body has solidified a legacy of confronting and permanently shifting the rigid limitations of the hardcore genre.