Friday, 27 October 2017

Protomartyr return next May with their biggest London show to date!

Upset The Rhythm presents…

Thursday 10 May
Scala, 275 Pentonville Road, King´s Cross, London, N1 9NL

* Tickets go on sale at 10am on Wednesday 1st November!

PROTOMARTYR return to London next May for their biggest show yet! Protomartyr play a taut, austere rock that's been incubated in a freezing Detroit warehouse littered with beer cans and cigarette butts and warmed occasionally by space heaters. Short songs made for short practices, and the band learned quickly not to waste time. Despite the cold, Protomartyr emerged with a sound that is idiosyncratic but relatable, hooky but off-kilter. With respect to the local predecessors, this isn't the primitive stomp of The Dirtbombs or The Stooges' greasy roar. Punk works, kind of, even if it leaves the hardcore kids confused. Post-punk suggests something too retro; indie rock, something too precious. What Protomartyr is, is "stuck between the cracks." If that's the case, though, they aren't alone. Protomartyr's economical rock elicits comparisons to possible antecedents like Pere Ubu or The Fall as well as local contemporaries like Frustrations or Tyvek (whose frontman Kevin Boyer played bass in an early iteration of Protomartyr). Singer Joe Casey's dry declarative snarl serves as a reliable anchor, granting his bandmates (guitarist Greg Ahee, drummer Alex Leonard and bassist Scott Davidson) the opportunity to explore textures and reinforce the rhythm section. This is never more apparent than on the band's brand new album entitled 'Relatives In Descent’, out now through Domino. This show follows on from the band’s long sold out Tufnell Park Dome show planned for next month.

Praise for Relatives In Descent:

“Political, environmental, epistemological, social, familial and individual anxieties fuel the latest songs by Protomartyr, a band from Detroit that has been reclaiming the jagged, muscular dissonances of post-punk for 21st-century America.” The New York Times (Album of the Week)

“Sensational, bloodied but unbowed post-punk” The Guardian 5*

"Brooding and abrasive, the Detroit post-punk group's new LP isn't for the faint of heart - but beauty lies in its 12 knotty, pummeling tunes." Entertainment Weekly

"Over the course of four full-length albums, the Detroit-based band has produced a collection of lyrically dense, deeply philosophical (and usually very loud) songs that grapple with some of life's thorniest questions: What does it mean to be human? What is truth? What is the nature of good and evil?" NPR Music

“Masters at articulating a detached sense of anger and disgust” Uncut 8/10

"Is there any guitar band quite as raw as Protomartyr? Closer to Swans or Glenn Branca than their peers, Protomartyr stack simple sounds into a churning, impenetrable wave of kinetic energy." SPIN

“A brilliant record – Protomartyr’s best” Loud & Quiet 10/10 Album of the Week

"Oustanding” The Line of Best Fit (9/10, Album of the Week)

 “Detroit post-punks hit a new peak – their best record yet” Q 4*

"Truly one of America’s finest rock bands at this moment." Bandcamp

 “A masterpiece” DIY 4*

 “Protomartyr at their most unsettling and their most accessible” Stereogum

“Bold, brash and unwavering” NME 4*

“Well-timed rock and roll that tries to make sense of the ever-changing nature of the present” Noisey

 “Breathtaking” Drowned in Sound 9/10

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