Author Topic: Protomartyr  (Read 1506 times)

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Protomartyr
« on: May 08, 2018, 10:17:00 PM »
What do you reckon. I'm going to see them in a few days but it's all a bit unnecessary if you ask me.

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Re: Protomartyr
« Reply #1 on: May 12, 2018, 12:07:49 AM »
They're pretty much my favourite currently operating band at the minute. I've become a bit obsessed with Joe Casey and his approach to lyric writing. There is a definite Mark E Smith influence in both content and delivery (and being a fiercely intelligent pisshead auto-didact who looks like he doesn't belong in the band he's fronting) but he's got a unique thing of his own going on. Writing songs about a persistent droning noise that only some people in Detroit can hear that supposedly emanates from a factory in a Canadian city over the river. Referencing a surreal episode in Elvis Presley's whacked out late years where he hallucinated the face of Stalin in the sky turning into Jesus. Good shit like that.

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Not by my own hand
Automatic writing by phantom limb
Not with my own voice
Pleurisy made to stand on two legs

That's a hell of a way to start off an album if you ask me. Plus they are fucking fierce live, whether they're playing to a claustrophobic sold out Scala last night or about 50 people in Brighton last time I saw them.

Yeah, Protomartyr, I'm all for 'em, me.

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Re: Protomartyr
« Reply #2 on: May 12, 2018, 01:30:47 AM »
Interest piqued I just listened to the first song that came up on YouTube. I really dig these guys

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Re: Protomartyr
« Reply #3 on: May 12, 2018, 01:49:19 AM »
They're fucking ace, aren't they?

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Re: Protomartyr
« Reply #4 on: May 12, 2018, 07:41:02 AM »
Lyrics might be interesting if I could hear them over the boring music, which just sounds like bog-standard Quietus-approved alt-rock.

The bits that I can make out sound like the worst sort of "truth bomb" teen politics, so the overall effect is like Interpol doing RATM songs.

non capisco

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Re: Protomartyr
« Reply #5 on: May 12, 2018, 09:23:16 AM »
The bits that I can make out sound like the worst sort of "truth bomb" teen politics, so the overall effect is like Interpol doing RATM songs.

I don't get this at all from their lyrics. I can't think of one of their songs that I'd even slightly describe as "truth bomb" teen politics. What I'm hearing is far more opaque, evocative and mysterious than Rage Against The Machine. 

Re: Protomartyr
« Reply #6 on: May 12, 2018, 09:24:38 AM »
Good name though. reminds me of Cromagnon, another band I know nothing about.

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Re: Protomartyr
« Reply #7 on: May 12, 2018, 11:08:43 PM »
Lyrics might be interesting if I could hear them over the boring music, which just sounds like bog-standard Quietus-approved alt-rock.

The bits that I can make out sound like the worst sort of "truth bomb" teen politics, so the overall effect is like Interpol doing RATM songs.

Well I fucking love Interpol and RATM so that's good for me actually.

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Re: Protomartyr
« Reply #8 on: May 15, 2018, 02:28:30 AM »
yeah, not a fan. I listen to it and it's not bad or anything, I'm just bored after about a minute.

they were part of a trio of harder rock bands I discovered last year. them, Idles and Algiers. Algiers are by far the best.

non capisco

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Re: Protomartyr
« Reply #9 on: June 16, 2018, 10:05:02 PM »
I've been listening to 'Wheel Of Fortune' on repeat for the last three days and it's swelled in my estimation. It's an absolute killer. So much attack. Those spooky Kelly Deal falsettos. Sorry, OP that started this thread just so they could go "well, I think they're shit, actually" to anyone who responded positively. Protomartyr are floating my boat right now.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=has3qKCRo0A

The video is killer as well.

Re: Protomartyr
« Reply #10 on: June 16, 2018, 10:34:08 PM »
But cucumbers are good too

non capisco

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Re: Protomartyr
« Reply #11 on: June 16, 2018, 11:14:23 PM »
But cucumbers are good too

I don't get it.

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Re: Protomartyr
« Reply #12 on: November 01, 2018, 10:58:00 PM »
I like these people a lot. There is something redolent of the angular, discordant guitar music with moments of beauty that various people did very well in the 80s and early 90s, bands like Wolfgang Press. Not that they sound like them, but the aesthetic is similar I think. These days it takes quite a bit for a guitar/bass/drums/vocals setup to catch my attention, having heard so much over the years, but Protomartyr offer something different. It's a good sign when you can give some reference points (The Fall, Sonic Youth) but without coming very close at all to describing the sound. There is a mix of sadness and anger in Protomartyr's music that I like a lot.

I saw them live recently and that was really good. Joe Casey barks his words out like he really means it, and I noticed that his vocals often form part of the rhythm section, which worked really well.

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Re: Protomartyr
« Reply #13 on: November 02, 2018, 12:31:38 AM »
I will check these out. The band that is supporting them (Preoccupations) dropped onto my radar through Spotify recently and piqued my interest, so maybe I'll like them.

Re: Protomartyr
« Reply #14 on: June 24, 2020, 10:10:00 PM »
Sorry for the necrobump, but just got massively into this lot.

I'm a massive sucker for good music videos and https://youtu.be/yBQy_S_k-qg that introduced me to them. Lyrics are absolutely fantastic, March based premonitions of what kicked off later this year, strange wheel of fortune with an easter egg of what happens later on, and the thing is an otherworldly pastiche of a Brazillian TV incident where a man holding some doughnuts got pestered by a dickhead puppet(eer) to the extent of kicking off https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VpWbOBl36ts

Went down the youtube recommendation rabbit hole and found Michigan Hammers https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ofXWdTjvDP4 which is more timely angry music with a stock footage Robocop vibe, before checking out Under Colour of Official.

They definitely seem to be developing into a more focussed/finessed band over time. New album out next month, really looking forward.

If anyone can recommend any similarly vibed music videos I'd be indebted and all.

Re: Protomartyr
« Reply #15 on: June 24, 2020, 10:44:10 PM »

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Re: Protomartyr
« Reply #16 on: June 25, 2020, 12:40:34 PM »
Sorry for the necrobump, but just got massively into this lot.

I'm a massive sucker for good music videos and https://youtu.be/yBQy_S_k-qg that introduced me to them. Lyrics are absolutely fantastic, March based premonitions of what kicked off later this year, strange wheel of fortune with an easter egg of what happens later on, and the thing is an otherworldly pastiche of a Brazillian TV incident where a man holding some doughnuts got pestered by a dickhead puppet(eer) to the extent of kicking off https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VpWbOBl36ts



I got into them thanks to non capisco’s recommendation above and just to agree with your comment, this is probably in my top 10 music videos ever, despite my being oblivious to the event it was parodying.

non capisco

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Re: Protomartyr
« Reply #17 on: June 25, 2020, 01:42:03 PM »
But cucumbers are good too

Oh jeez, I've FINALLY got this! *Edgar Kennedy slowburn*

They're bloody ace, aren't they, Gonk? I love all three of the recent singles, especially Michigan Hammers and Worm In Heaven. Champing at the bit for that new album next month.

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Re: Protomartyr
« Reply #18 on: June 25, 2020, 01:48:22 PM »
Sorry for the necrobump, but just got massively into this lot.
I'm a massive sucker for good music videos and https://youtu.be/yBQy_S_k-qg that introduced me to them. Lyrics are absolutely fantastic, March based premonitions of what kicked off later this year

Damn, this is good.

non capisco

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Re: Protomartyr
« Reply #19 on: June 25, 2020, 10:52:48 PM »
'When the ending comes/Is it gonna run/At us like a wild animal?/A foreign disease/Washed upon the beach/ A dagger plunged from out of the shadows.'

I remember that song with those opening lyrics coming out in March, with coronavirus in the news, and being dizzily excited that I had tickets for both their London dates. Funny old world, innit?

Gonk, may I recommend their 2014 album 'Under Color Of Official Right' if you're not already on it because as CaB's resident Protomartyr obsessive I think it's their best one, with 'Relatives In Descent' a very close second.

Re: Protomartyr
« Reply #20 on: June 27, 2020, 09:22:27 PM »
Not listened to Relatives in Descent yet, but definitely prefer their newer stuff so far. Really looking forward to the next album, have had Michigan Hammers in my head for the last few nights.

Going to give Under Color of Official Right another go while looking at the very good album artwork and see if it clicks some more.

Took me way too long to get that cucumber joke.

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