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Beneath the lurching rhythms and cryptic lyrics, Protomartyr’s take on post-punk has always been more bar band than art school, the work of four guys from Detroit slugging it out in a dim corner at the edge of the world. Their ambitious third album strikes a balance between driving melodicism (“Dope Cloud,” “The Devil in His Youth”) and strange yet searing nocturnes (“Boice or Boyce,” “Why Does it Shake?”) that stretch out toward mysterious conclusions. Half the time, singer Joe Casey sounds like he stumbled into the frame by accident, making his romantic turns (“Ellen”) that much more arresting.

Biography

Formed: 2010 in Detroit, MI

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '10s

Detroit post-punk quartet Protomartyr formed in 2010, slowly bubbling up out of a few bands in a tightly knit music scene. Guitarist Greg Ahee, bassist Scott Davidson, and drummer Alex Leonard started the caustic punk band Butt Babies in 2008, playing mostly dive bars and basements and eventually getting together a practice space in a large industrial warehouse. Ahee was working at the time as a doorman at Detroit's Gem Theater and struck up a conversation with co-worker Joe Casey about music and...
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