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Under Color of Official Right

Protomartyr

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Detroit’s Protomartyr define the term postpunk. That nebulous term used to describe all music influenced by punk rock but clearly not dependent on its simple chord structures has a long list of practitioners, from Pere Ubu (who existed prior to punk, so figure that one out!), The Fall, Joy Division, and Gang of Four to Sonic Youth, Helmet, and Mission of Burma. Protomartyr’s second album, 2014's Under Color of Official Right, is filled with catchier moments than one might expect from a band often lumped in with Detroit noise-punk bands. But the key here is "second album." The band have grown quite a bit, and songs like “Want Remover” and “Trust Me Billy” reveal an accessible charm that’s the result of recording everything in one quick weekend where no one has time to muck up a good idea. “Maidenhead” reveals a goth-like melancholy that’s as vintage as The Damned at their most arty, while “Son of Dis” cranks up the punk angst. Singer Joe Casey can spread his influences out over the tracks, while drummer Alex Leonard and bassist Scott Davidson create unexpected space (“Come & See”) to dance to as awkwardly as you can.

Customer Reviews

Old done new...

This album reminds me of many punk, post-punk and even goth bands that I have listened to over the years while at the same time having their own unique sound. This is the kind of music I listen to when I want to hear something that both rocks and means something. The word imagery is very well-done. The sound of a band forging their own sound. And the dog on the cover of the album reminds me of the latest Swans' album "Seer" cover - the visual reference is deserved and well done! I like everything about this album.

A Complete Album

Start to finish, this album is amazing. There aren't a lot of full lengths that have been released recently that you can listen to from front to back without skipping a track, but this album is sequenced perfectly and there isn't a crummy a song in the lot. Reminds me a little bit of Iceage, although their music definitely isn't derivative of them.

Tight

Honored to be the first review. Love his voice!

Biography

Formed: 2010 in Detriot, 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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