ALBUM REVIEW: Protomartyr – The Agent Intellect

Rating8protomartyr_the_agent_intellect_1015It’s hard to imagine why Protomartyr aren’t more popular than they are. They’ve already captured their visceral and dystopian post punk sound across two excellent albums. The Agent Intellect continues that fine form and pushes the dynamic even further into primal rhythms with wire-brush screes of guitar and the distinctive disaffected howl and Mark E Smith-styled rant of frontman Joe Casey. The way they sonically blend beautiful and bruised sounds is what makes their music so appealing. It sparks and spits, Casey’s black humour lyrics are both catchy and provocative but above all, in 2015, Protomartyr are a breath of dissonant fresh air.

Chris Familton

NEW MUSIC: Protomartyr announce new single and album

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One of my favourite bands over the last few years has been Protomartyr, a quartet out of Detroit who combine post-punk dynamics, a nihilist howl, jagged edges and intelligent espousals. The good news is they have a new album called The Agent Intellect (their 3rd in as many years) coming out on August 8th via Hardly Art /Inertia.

Below you can hear the first single ‘Why Does It Shake?’, a typically rhythmically strong track of creeping tension that lumbers and dances along with equal swagger, building and blossoming into sheets of guitar at the 3.5 minute mark.