A New York-based hardcore trio who augment their minimal bass-and-drums assault with samples, electronic manipulation, and the occasional report of a banjo, Show Me the Body are musical activists, dedicated to protecting the people and culture of their community as well as the city's underground music scene.
Taking their name from the legal term "corpus delicti," Show Me the Body feature Julian Cashwan Pratt on lead vocals and banjo, Harlan Steed on bass, and Noah Cohen-Corbett on drums. The group's story began when Pratt and Steed were both students at Elisabeth Irwin High School, a progressive school in Manhattan. The two became friends and decided to form a band. Initially known as U-Lock Justice, the group became a trio with the addition of Cohen-Corbett, and they changed their name to Show Me the Body. Becoming part of the Letter Racer collective -- a community of conscious underground artists and musicians that also includes the hip-hop group Ratking
-- Show Me the Body soon developed a potent reputation in New York City, playing to growing crowds in makeshift alternative venues around the city. In 2015, Letter Racer released the group's first EP, S M T B, and an album followed in 2016. Titled Body War, the LP earned enthusiastic press and attracted the attention of the independent label Loma Vista Records
. Loma Vista
struck a deal with Show Me the Body and reissued the debut album before 2016 was out. In January 2017, Show Me the Body made headlines in the music press when, shortly after they had been announced as part of the lineup for the 2017 Coachella Festival, they declared they would not take part in the event. Two days later, they announced they would be playing Coachella after all, though while in California, they would also perform benefit shows for environmental and LGBT-related charities, as well as donating their performance fee from the festival to the same organizations. The band dropped a mixtape, Corpus 1, in March 2017. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi