Subhumans surfaced as part of Britain's post-'77 punk scene. The band's fast, political records helped define the early days of hardcore and created the subgenre known as anarcho-punk (which owes more to lyrical content than to a particular sonic aesthetic). Like many bands of that era, Subhumans had a short run, breaking up in 1985. The band re-formed in 1998 and has been playing regularly around the world ever since.
This week's KC date marks the group's third trip into the sweaty cavern of Davey's Uptown, this time sharing the bill with fellow '80s veteran Millions of Dead Cops. Dick Lucas, the band's singer and songwriter, answered questions by phone.
The Pitch: Is your touring lineup the same as the band's original lineup?
Dick Lucas: We've got our second drummer and second bassist, but since 1983, it's been the same lineup. The band's been touring regularly since 1998. I think we've been back every year since then, at least once. We were just going to do one tour of Europe, one of the States and one of the U.K., and then just stop. But it was so good, we thought, Why not just carry on?