by Jeff Milo
Detroit's Protomartyr performed as part of a special release party for Courts' Light Up Gold back in the summer (out in NY). With those music/touring-bonds faithfully forged, the band TIME Magazine declared: "exactly what one wants New York City rock ’n’ roll to sound like:" decided Detroit was the best place to start their new push for Gold's release on What's Your Rupture records and that none other than Protomartyr should share in the fuzzed-out rattle-rock affair.
Sick of your in-laws? Sick of the muzak-ian stream of Christmas-music coming from the gaping horrors of megamall corridors? Need some pressure released? This could be the show for you - and right in the nick of time.
Most of Gold's tracks are in and out in less than 150 seconds but damn if they don't dent-in some catchy choruses after the dust clears. Nervy-enough in their rhythsm, aggressive and bristling and acerbic--enough in their tones and rickety riffs and yowling and melodically-mumbled just-enough to invite some, like this writer, to suggest a bit o' post-punk revivalism; the same kind of visceral elbow-to-the-ribs wobble of a Gang of Four, perhaps, or maybe even of our own Tyvek-tinged rough-cut charms. But maybe that's too easy... It's all shook up, for sure, but it skates along with this unassuming assurance; not a confident swagger and not too much of a spasmodic fuck-all fuzzed-out lo-fi splay, but goaded, perhaps, by their pop-proclivities (however layered in reverb or kicked with urgent rhythms), it must be... 'cuz I've still got these songs stuck in my head.
Also on this post-X-mas-showcase: Turn To Crime, Kommie Kilpatrick, and Protomartyr (the latter having just seen their own indie-release, via Urinal Cake Records selling-out... but there's a re-pressing on the way in 2013).
Sample some sounds:
Listen: Protomartyr - "Ypsilanti"