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Detroit’s Protomartyr have had a steady rise to gaining the awareness they deserve for their dark, alcohol-soaked post-punk. In 2015 they released The Agent Intellect to widespread acclaim, ending up on many year-end lists or quickly became ‘ones to watch’, even though that was their third album. The advantage of this slow rise into sight is that they’ve had time to hone their vicious and cunning rock – and now for their fourth album they will have an even bigger platform from which to reach people, as they have been signed by Domino Recordings.

Protomartyr’s fourth album will be called Relatives In Descent, a perfectly gloomy-yet-epic title, and it comes out on September 29th. That still feels like some way off, but in the meantime they have presented the 5 minute, album-opening statement ‘A Private Understanding’, which touches on the human condition, longing and Elvis Presley. You can consume that below.

Protomartyr ‘A Private Understanding’ taken from the new album ‘Relatives In Descent’ out September 29th on Domino Recordings

Deluxe edition LP of “Relatives In Descent” is up for pre-order. Limited pressing on multi-colored vinyl, includes 24-page lyric zine and a foldout poster.

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Protomartyr The Agent Intellect

Protomartyr: Total bias alert: Protomartyr’s “Under Color of Official Right” was among my top Albums of 2014 by a longshot. (Any band that sounds like Mark E Smith fronting a garage Chameleons…but from Detroit, is going to do it for me.) Their CMJ shows, all of which were great for different reasons: firstly they played two new songs at the Knitting Factory with tailored lyrics of “Tarpeian Rock”They also inspired a crazy pit at Death by Audio; and just basically blew the lid off the Cake Shop where frontman Joe Casey admitted “First time I was at Cake Shop they served Sparks. I got really drunk and yelled at Sean Lennon. Protomartyr – Why Does It Shake – Live in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, three bands came together for a pop-up show announced only days before,

On a Saturday sometime back in  August, Pitchfork presented a pop-up show at Villian. It featured a set from the band Protomartyr, and Pitchfork.tv shared three songs from their performance. Watch them perform “Why Does It Shake?”, “I’ll Take That Applause”, and “How He Lived After He Died” below.

Protomartyr is an American post-punk band formed in 2008 in Detroit, Michigan. It features Joe Casey on vocals, Greg Ahee on guitar, Alex Leonard on drums and  on bass guitar.

Protomartyr – “I’ll Take That Applause” – Live

On August 29th, 2015, in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, three bands came together for a pop-up show announced only days before, with a surprise headliner.Protomartyr

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Protomartyr have a new LP ‘The Agent Intellect’ fast approaching, the Detroit-based post-punk mob have unveiled a second cut, the fidgety ‘I Forgive You’. With Screeching, jittery guitars forming the track’s predominant thread, as vocalist Joe Casey’s downbeat drawl, drags things through the dirt. When held up against the previously unveiled ‘Why Does It Shake?’ and ‘Dope Cloud, it’s evidence of Protomartyr’s ability to warp expectations while still keeping things wrapped tight in their familiar post-punk guise.

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‘The Agent Intellect’ will be released via Hardly Art Records on October 9th  To celebrate, the band have plotted a number of UK dates alongside fellow bruisers METZ – as follows:

OCTOBER
30th Brighton, Green Door Store
31st Leeds, Brudenell Social Club

NOVEMBER
1st London, Scala
3rd Bristol, The Fleece
4th Manchester, Sound Control
5th Glasgow, Stereo
6th Birmingham, The Rainbow Cellar
7th Cardiff, Swn Festival

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This October marks the release of Protomartyr’s third and finest work to date, The Agent Intellect. Named after an ancient philosophical questioning of how the mind operates in relation to the self, it’s an elegant and often devastating display of all that makes Protomartyr composed of singer Joe Casey, guitarist Greg Ahee, drummer Alex Leonard, and bassist Scott Davidson—so vital and singularly visceral an outfit.

Over the course of several months, Ahee waded through more than a hundred song fragments until he reached the bottomless melodies , amid the charred pop of “Dope Cloud,” he reassures us that nothing—not God, not money—can or will prevent our minds from unraveling until we finally fade away.
Protomartyr’s third record in three years (following 2013’s No Passion All Technique & 2014’s Under Color of Official Right), the Detroit four-piece is operating with a clear sense of urgency and focus. ” The Agent Intellect “ is out 10th September on Hardly Art Records.

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Protomartyr is an American post-punk band formed in in 2008 in Detroit, Michigan. It features Joe Casey on vocals, Greg Ahee on guitar, Alex Leonard on drums and Scott Davidson on bass guitar.

One band I’ve been enjoying recently is Protomartyr, from Detroit, whose second album “Under Color of Official Right”  Again, there are plenty of familiar references – hardcore, post-punk, and at times the chilly experimentalism of Wire – but again they’re used in a way that sounds fresh and bracing, like a cold wind on a sunny winter’s day.