Formed in 1980 out of the ashes of The Mental and The Stupid Humans, British anarcho-punks the Subhumans are one of those bands that casual punk observers will see plastered all over those homemade denim vests alongside Exploited and Discharge patches, but that not everyone can name a song by. Which is a shame, because the Subhumans have some belters. Frontman Dick Lucas has a particularly gnarly gutter punk edge about him, and his delivery on anti-capitalist rants such as “Mickey Mouse is Dead” and “Reason for Existence” is something to behold. Live, the band is still a force of nature — they still have an important message to convey, and they do it with serious ferocity. Neighborhood Brats, Smut and Fissure also play.
Subhumans plays with Neighborhood Brats, SMUT and Fissure at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, October 22 at the Echoplex.