Thursday, 1 October 2015

Art of the Cover - Protomartyr's "Under Color of Official Right" (2014)

Under Color of Official Right cover art

Mighty artwork. Beautiful and visceral.

And what a fucking album! 

Impassioned, powerful, intelligent music straight out of Detroit. A thunderball laced with elements of the best post-punk of the early 80's. All with the American version of an impassioned/ raving Mark E Smith in the form of idiosyncratic lead singer/bard Joe Casey.

While these Detroit dudes definitely draw from a range of great post-punk bands (Pere Ubu, Wire, The Fall, Joy Division, The Birthday party ... etc), they create a distinctive unforgettable sound and energy all their own.

The more you listen, the more amazing it becomes how they sound so damn clever and unique while treading somewhat familiar ground.

Get it now!!!

Protomartyr's taut, austere rock was incubated in a freezing Detroit warehouse littered with beer cans and cigarette butts and warmed, feebly, by space heaters. Despite the cold, Protomartyr emerged with a sound that is idiosyncratic but relatable, hooky but off-kilter, and economical in a way that elicits comparisons to possible antecedents like Pere Ubu or The Fall as well as local contemporaries like Frustrations or Tyvek -- all of which have combined here to make one stunner of a sophomore album, and the band's first for Hardly Art.


1. Maidenhead
2. Ain't So Simple
3. Want Remover
4. Trust Me Billy
5. Pagans
6. What the Wall Said
7. Tarpeian Rock
8. Bad Advice
9. Son of Dis
10. Scum, Rise!
11. I Stare at Floors
12. Come & See
13. Violent
14. I'll Take That Applause

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