Protomartyr is a Detroit punk band that, like fellow Michiganders Bars Of Gold, bares traces of the neon golden post-punk of the Constantines. But whereas the members of Bars Of Gold hail from an emo/post-rock background, Protomartyr is all angular hardscrabble aggression, as if their Detroit brethren Tyvek found a way to funnel all that pent-up nervous tension into kinetic energy. Stepping outside the Detroit metro area and across the pond, fans of Iceage and Savages would probably dig Protomartyr’s forthcoming Hardly Art debut and second album overall, Under Color Of Official Right, which embeds a warm harmonic glow in a framework of raw, muscular, industrial post-punk. (Not industrial the genre, industrial as in factories with lots of sharp edges where the equipment could kill you if you’re not careful.) It’s a rad record, and lead single “Scum, Rise!” is a fine taste of it. Listen or download below.
Under Color Of Official Right is out 4/8 via Hardly Art.