Detroit’s Protomartyr debuted in 2012 with No Passion All Technique, a title at once representative of the articulate post-punk band and not. Behind Joe Casey’s dead-eyed husk in the tradition of Mark E. Smith and Colin Newman, his bandmates’ pummeling drums and continually humming, often erupting feedback roil with the love and hate of living in a city Casey calls both home and a “hole” on their new album, Under Color of Official Right. Almost stately on record, Protomartyr find catharsis onstage, giving noisy vent to their frustrations.
Sat., April 12, 8 p.m., 2014
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on April 9, 2014