Protomartyr – “Wheel Of Fortune” (Feat. Kelley Deal) Video

Detroit post-punk four-piece Protomartyr have just announced their new release Consolation E.P. As the follow-up to their 2017 full-length album Relatives In Descent, this four-song EP features two tracks with Kelley Deal of the Breeders, whose first album in 10 years All Nerve dropped this past March. And like All Nerve, it was engineered by Deal’s R. Ring bandmate Mike Montgomery.

The video for the Deal-featured track “Wheel Of Fortune” is out today, and it’s five minutes of confusing chaos that I can’t turn away from. Directed by Yoonha Park, who handled the band’s also-strange “Don’t Go To Anacita” video, “Wheel Of Fortune” is an amalgamation of bleak, violent imagery paired with an equally jagged, experimental sound. A pulsing skull, a charging, electrified sword, a girl coloring in her entire face with cherry red lipstick, roughly scrapping your knuckle against a brick wall, punching yourself in the face, giving a thumbs up while your hand is on fire flash; these visuals grace the screen all while frontman Joe Casey and Deal repeatedly shout the lyrics “I decide who lives and who dies.” It’s a lot to handle, but aesthetically exciting.

The general vibe is spooky Halloween apocalypse. There’s a solace brought on as the video switches to black and white. The music slows and a hypnotic groove ensues. Though, all that is ended quickly by the chanting of “Hands around their own throats.” Creepy! Listen and watch below.

TRACKLIST:
01 “Wait”
02 “Same Face In A Different Mirror”
03 “Wheel Of Fortune” (Feat. Kelley Deal)
04 “You Always Win” (Feat. Kelley Deal)

TOUR DATES
05/03 – Kortrijik, BE @ De Kreun
05/04 – Bristol, UK @ Thekla
05/05 – Leicester, UK @ Handmade Festival
05/06 – Glasgow, UK @ Stag & Dagger Festival
05/08 – Hull, UK @ Fruit
05/09 – Birmingham, UK @ Mama Roux
05/10 – London, UK @ Rough Trade East – In Conversation with the Raincoats
05/10 – London, UK @ Scala
06/03 – Seattle, WA @ Upstream Music Festival
06/09 – Brooklyn, NY @ Elsewhere (Brooklyn Vegan Northside Party)
06/13 – Hong Kong, HK @ MOM Livehouse
06/15 – Beijing, CN @ Yue Space
06/16 – Shanghai, CN @ YYT
06/17 – Seoul, KR @ V-Hall
06/20 – Kuala Lumpur, MY @ Live Fact
06/21 – Jakarta, ID @ Rossi Musik
06/23 – Athens, GR @ Ejekt Festival
07/06 – Modena, IT @ Arti Vive
07/07 – Chiusi, IT @ Lars Rock Fest
07/21 – Los Angeles, CA @ FYF Fest
08/11 – Haldern, DE @ Haldern Pop Festival
08/12 – Luxembourg, LU @ Rotondes
08/13 – Dusseldorf, DE @ Zakk
08/14 – Bremen, DE @ Tower Musikclub
08/16 – Nijmegen, NL @ Doornroosje
08/17 – Biddinghuizen, NL @ Lowlands Festival
08/18 – Hasselt, BE @ Pukkelpop Festival
08/19 – St. Malo, FR @ La Route Du Rock
08/21 – Dudingen, CH @ Bad Bonn
08/22 – Zurich, CH @ Mascotte
08/24 – Schorndorf, DE @ Club Manufaktur
08/25 – Charleville Mezieres, FR @ Cabaret Vert Festival
08/26 – Ramsgate, UK @ Ramsgate Hall
08/28 – Sheffield, UK @ Picture House Social
08/29 – Hebden Bridge, UK @ Trades Club
08/30 – Liverpool, UK @ O2 Academy 2
08/31 – Salisbury, UK @ End of the Road Festival
08/30 – 09/02 – Vlieland, NL @ Into the Great Wide Open

Consolation E.P. is out 6/15 via Domino. Pre-order it here.

CREDIT: Richard Phoenix