7/6: Subhumans at Now That's Class



Only a British punk band would be crass enough to call themselves Subhumans when they’re actually one of the most intelligent and musically thoughtful groups to emerge in the wake of punk’s supposed demise. It doesn’t really matter if the moniker is ironic or snot-nosed rabble-rousing; it stands in contrast to and perfectly encapsulates the band’s sound. While Subhumans’ music is finely honed, it’s also sonically reductive, taking punk and reggae cues and distilling them to essentials that always sound best in the moment. Their songs are full of sweat and grit, like the sound of dozens of sweaty bodies slamming together. Lacking the reflective tendencies of some of their influences, the band’s records can be hit or miss, but that’s never really the point. Following a direct continuum with punk’s original ethos, Subhumans play music for confrontation and for community. If you want to be spit on and embraced at the same time, they’re more than willing to oblige. Witch Hunt, the Episode and the Ray Gradys open at 9 p.m. at Now That’s Class (11213 Detroit Ave., 216.221.8576). — Hall


We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Cleveland Scene. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Cleveland Scene, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at news@clevescene.com.

Support Local Journalism.
Join the Cleveland Scene Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.

Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.

Join the Cleveland Scene Press Club for as little as $5 a month.