October 30, 2017 – 2:46 pm


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Chicago 2017 [no label, 1CD]

Live at the Lincoln Hall, Chicago, Illinois; October 8, 2017. Very good audio (ripped from HDTV webcast).

Protomartyr is an American post-punk band formed in 2008 in Detroit, Michigan. It features Joe Casey on vocals, Greg Ahee on guitar, Alex Leonard on drums and Scott Davidson on bass guitar. The band’s music has been labeled as post-punk and punk rock. Josh Terry of Consequence of Sound stated that the band “blends the moody atmospherics of ‘70s UK post-punk with the raw sensibility of their Motor City garage-rock forebears.” The band’s sound was compared to other post-punk acts such as Wire, the Fall, Pere Ubu, the Constantines and Iceage, as well as local acts, most notably Tyvek. Vocalist Joe Casey also expressed appreciation for Pere Ubu and the Fall. Casey’s baritone vocals were also compared to those of Ian Curtis of Joy Division. - wikipedia

After a year of extensive touring in support of 2015’s ‘The Agent Intellect’, Protomartyr returned to their practice space in a former optician’s office in Southwest Detroit. Inspired by The Raincoats’ ‘Odyshape’, Mica Levi’s orchestral compositions, and a recent collaboration with post-punk legends The Pop Group, for Rough Trade’s 40th anniversary, the band began writing new music that artfully expanded on everything they’d recorded up until that point. The result is ‘Relatives In Descent’, Protomartyr’s fourth full-length and Domino debut. Though not a concept album, it presents twelve variations on a theme: the unknowable nature of truth, and the existential dread that often accompanies that unknowing. This, at a moment when disinformation and garbled newspeak have become a daily reality. It’s a hard to categorize sound that brings together disparate elements from the past and squarely puts them in the middle of the 21st century as one of Detroit Rock City’s greatest ever bands. They showcased the new album, Relatives In Descent… along with some earlier fan favorites, at Chicago’s intimate Lincoln Hall.

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Thanks to indykid for sharing the HDTV webcast at Dime.

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Track 01. intro 2:24
Track 02. A Private Understanding 5:11
Track 03. Here Is The Thing 3:08
Track 04. My Children 3:56
Track 05. Cowards Starve 3:39
Track 06. What the Wall Said 2:48
Track 07. Windsor Hum 4:49
Track 08. The Chuckler 3:51
Track 09. Don’t Go To Anacita 3:44
Track 10. Pontiac 87 4:39
Track 11. The Devil in His Youth 2:36
Track 12. Up the Tower 3:54
Track 13. Night-Blooming Cereus 3:21
Track 14. Male Plague 3:45
Track 15. I Stare at Floors 2:25
Track 16. Feral Cats 3:07
Track 17. Half Sister 6:51
Track 18. Why Does It Shake? 4:28
Track 19. Scum, Rise! 3:01
72 mins

Click here to order Relatives In Descent (released on September 29, 2017).

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  1. One Response to “PROTOMARTYR - CHICAGO 2017”

  2. thanks, I had never heard of them. They are of my era. They have a bit of Bauhaus in their blood, and maybe a bit of The Proletariat!

    By Ren on Nov 2, 2017

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