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  • Relatives In Descent Relatives In Descent Quick View

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    Relatives In Descent

    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.
    1. A Private Understanding
    2. Here Is The Thing
    3. My Children
    4. Caitriona
    5. The Chuckler
    6. Windsor Hum
    7. Don't Go To Anacita
    8. Up The Tower
    9. Night-Blooming Cereus
    10. Male Plague
    11. Corpses In Regalia
    12. Half Sister
    Protomartyr
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  • Under Color Of Official Right Under Color Of Official Right Quick View

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    Under Color Of Official Right


    There's a humanness and empathy to this material that's increasingly rare in rock songs.- Pitchfork


    Their road is straight; their gospel is truth...If nothing else, the hooks alone should be enough
    to keep you coming back." - Nashville's Dead


    Protomartyr's sound is distinct, but hard to pin down with human language. ... It'd be much easier to describe
    using a series of buzzing tones and propulsive beats, but then you'd be listening to Protomartyr.- KEXP


    In a city full of brilliant people with dead-end jobs and dampened by bitter-cold winters,
    playing music offers a cheap outlet. Protomartyr's taut, austere rock was incubated in a
    freezing Detroit warehouse littered with beer cans and cigarette butts and warmed, feebly,
    by space heaters. Short songs made for short practices, and the band learned quickly not
    to waste time. Despite the cold, Protomartyr emerged with a sound that is idiosyncratic but
    relatable, hooky but off-kilter.


    Protomartyr's economical rock elicits comparisons to possible antecedents like Pere Ubu
    or The Fall as well as local contemporaries like Frustrations or Tyvek (whose frontman Kevin
    Boyer played bass in an early iteration of Protomartyr). Singer Joe Casey's dry declarative
    snarl serves as a reliable anchor, granting his bandmates - guitarist Greg Ahee, drummer
    Alex Leonard and bassist Scott Davidson - the opportunity to explore textures and
    reinforce the rhythm section. This is never more apparent than on the band's sophomore
    LP and Hardly Art debut, Under Color of Official Right. Where 2012's No Passion All
    Technique favored comparatively straightforward punk structures, Under Color takes a
    more exploratory approach. "Tarpeian Rock" places punk vitriol against a minimalist
    backing and "Scum, Rise!" casts shadows with guitars that alternately chime and clang.


    The cheap outlet, crafted by cold hands in a poorly insulated practice space has, perhaps
    unwittingly, become a model of Motor City efficiency. And, more than that, it's produced a
    stunner of a sophomore album.

    1. Maidenhead
    2. Ain't So Simple
    3. Want Remover
    4. Trust Me Billy
    5. Pagans
    6. What the Wall Said
    7. Tarpeian Rock
    8. Bad Advice
    9. Son of Dis
    10. Scum, Rise!
    11. I Stare at Floors
    12. Come & See
    13. Violent
    14. I'll Take That Applause
    Protomartyr
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  • Blood // Sugar // Secs // Traffic Blood // Sugar // Secs // Traffic Quick View

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    Blood // Sugar // Secs // Traffic

    Hey, what's this? Well that, my friend, is the newest album from The
    Gotobeds, entitled Blood // Sugar // Secs // Traffic. It's their second
    full-length LP and their first for Sub Pop. Whoa, whoa, please slow down.
    I'm already completely lost. What you just said sounded like a stream of
    complete gibberish. Okay, I'll lay it out for you and if you have any
    questions could you yell them at me? SOUNDS GOOD. The Gotobeds
    formed vaguely around 2009 in Pittsburgh and play a mutant strain of rock
    music that is often filed under punk, indie rock, or 99-cent discount bin.
    WAIT, THE GOTOBEDS? I HEARD THEY WERE KNUCKLEHEADS! Only if
    the knuckle is the part of the human body that contains the brains. Much
    like their previous releases on underground stalwart labels like Mind Cure
    and 12XU, this new album artfully slips intelligence and experimentation
    into a dying art form. It's a harder feat than you'd think.


    And sure, their live shows have often been compared to an all night party
    where I feared for my life and the lives of everybody in the five block
    radius, and their recorded output is akin to the sonic manifestos of four
    men deprived of human love and raised on beer and Swell Maps, Mission
    of Burma, and old Fall records. But what you get with The Gotobeds,
    delivered in spades on this album, is smart, noisy rock with just the right
    amount of stupid.


    FAIR ENOUGH. SO HOW'D THIS GET MADE? It was recorded in bursts
    over several months of 2015 in their friend My War Matt's basement in
    Pittsburgh. Unlike previously, the songs were conceived and recorded in
    blocks, which resulted in a more experimental feel. But this is no chin
    stroking curate's egg. You like loud, double guitar leads? OF COURSE I DO.
    WHO DOESN'T? You're in luck, because this album is carpeted with em,
    thanks to Eli Kasan and TFP. On a song like 'Bodies,' it sounds as if
    you've walked into the biggest Guitar Center, but, you know, not terrible.
    Keeping it all locked down is the rhythm section of drummer, Cary Belback
    and bassist, Gavin Jensen. They allow the downright prettiness of a song
    like Red Alphabet to shine, and the lyrics on the anti-sexism thrash of
    Crisis Time to punch through.


    THIS ALL SOUNDS WONDERFUL, IS THERE ANYTHING ELSE I NEED
    TO CARE ABOUT? Eh, probably not. Except that Tim Midyett (Silkworm,
    Bottomless Pit, Mint Mile) and some bum (Protomartyr) are featured as
    guest vocalists on Rope and Why'd You, respectively. Also, I'd be remiss
    to not mention the fact that the band's live show is a testament to the
    cathartic nature of speed, skill, repetition, noise, and red stage lights. If
    you don't believe me, ask the bands they have played with, like Total
    Control, Tyvek, or The Replacements. Also, they rep Pittsburgh harder than
    anyone possibly could and come off better for it...which is saying
    something.


    I THINK I UNDERSTAND. BLOOD // SUGAR // SECS // TRAFFIC IS THE
    GREATEST ALBUM SINCE THE LAST GOTOBEDS RECORD? Yes. Now
    please stop yelling. -Joe Casey, Protomartyr

    1. Real Maths/Too Much
    2. "Bodies"
    3. Brass Not Rash
    4. Rope
    5. Why'd You
    6. Red Alphabet
    7. Cold Gold (LA's Alright)
    8. Crises Time
    9. Manifest
    10. Glass House
    11. Amazing Supermarkets
    The Gotobeds
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