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fuck, they are good!

Mark E Smith, Swell Maps, Joy Division, Hold Steady, No Age etc..

who's the man on the cover art btw?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HYgGhSOuLt8

nostormo, Tuesday, 18 June 2013 21:41 (eight years ago) link

Agreed. I like this stuff a lot.

Hinklepicker, Tuesday, 18 June 2013 21:57 (eight years ago) link

It just sounds like a proficient Birthday Party tribute band with shoddy lyrics about 'the common man' rather than bats.

Damo Suzuki's Parrot, Tuesday, 18 June 2013 22:11 (eight years ago) link

eight months pass...

New album coming next month.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nsSBZ1mpQpI

dan m, Monday, 3 March 2014 19:45 (seven years ago) link

They sounder angrier this time round. And why not I suppose...This one makes me think of Wire for some reason.

Hinklepicker, Tuesday, 4 March 2014 03:45 (seven years ago) link

First album was disgracefully overlooked/ignored.

MV, Tuesday, 4 March 2014 04:26 (seven years ago) link

three weeks pass...
four months pass...

This album's pretty good!

jaymc, Monday, 4 August 2014 22:53 (six years ago) link

Gonerfest is coming up

Trip Maker, Tuesday, 5 August 2014 03:53 (six years ago) link

These guys remind me of Slovenly a little. Only heard the new one, but I'm definitely digging it!

cwkiii, Tuesday, 5 August 2014 04:07 (six years ago) link

they're great

whole record is good but Want Remover and Tarpeian Rock are my standouts (only heard Under Color)

Mark E Smith, Swell Maps, Joy Division, Hold Steady, No Age etc..

I hear some Wedding Present too

dmr, Tuesday, 5 August 2014 04:12 (six years ago) link

two months pass...

The new album is a 'merican parallel , in sentiment ,to our Sleaford Mods with an added bonus of tunes .

Top effort

Jessie Fer Ark (Mobbed Up Ping Pong Psychos), Monday, 20 October 2014 12:01 (six years ago) link

These guys have pretty much instantly become one of my favorite current rock bands. Both albums are killer.

Simon H., Wednesday, 29 October 2014 13:06 (six years ago) link

five months pass...

Judging from the new songs they are playing live, the next album is going to destroy.

cwkiii, Sunday, 19 April 2015 23:34 (six years ago) link

two months pass...

This song's been in my head since I saw them play last April. New record in October!!!

https://soundcloud.com/hardlyartrecords/why-does-it-shake/

cwkiii, Tuesday, 14 July 2015 23:22 (six years ago) link

decent song. sounds like... gvsb?

feargal czukay (NickB), Tuesday, 14 July 2015 23:37 (six years ago) link

Not really digging the production, but I love the song. It does kinda sound like gvsb, good call!

cwkiii, Wednesday, 15 July 2015 01:42 (six years ago) link

Not sure about "Why Does It Shake?" but "Blues Festival" from the split 7-inch with R. Ring is awesome (linked upthread). Kelley Deal from R. Ring sings backups.

Just realized today I've been getting this band confused with Monotonix and I have no idea why?

Immediate Follower (NA), Monday, 27 July 2015 21:47 (six years ago) link

<q>Not sure about "Why Does It Shake?" but "Blues Festival" from the split 7-inch with R. Ring is awesome (linked upthread). Kelley Deal from R. Ring sings backups.

Just realized today I've been getting this band confused with Monotonix and I have no idea why?</q>

been having the same problem with R. Ring and The Breeders

Western® with Bacon Flavor, Tuesday, 28 July 2015 03:27 (six years ago) link

one year passes...

new song is very good:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yWdLpIITqsQ

nostormo, Sunday, 16 July 2017 15:15 (four years ago) link

I love "A Private Understanding" so much, stoked for the album

a serious and fascinating fartist (Simon H.), Tuesday, 25 July 2017 17:06 (four years ago) link

two months pass...

the new album rules

na (NA), Thursday, 28 September 2017 19:17 (three years ago) link

Yep. Their best. And they are all good!

nostormo, Friday, 29 September 2017 07:24 (three years ago) link

seven months pass...

Fuck yes:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=has3qKCRo0A

cwkiii, Friday, 4 May 2018 00:00 (three years ago) link

they recorded a whole ep with her!

na (NA), Friday, 4 May 2018 00:34 (three years ago) link

one year passes...

Fuck yes, once more:

https://youtu.be/yBQy_S_k-qg

new one Ultimate Success Today out end of May

bold caucasian eroticism (Simon H.), Wednesday, 11 March 2020 18:54 (one year ago) link

the new song fucking rules, i love this band

na (NA), Wednesday, 11 March 2020 19:45 (one year ago) link

I started reading the comments on that vid and didn't understand why they are all from Brazilians, as I was not aware of this infamous incident involving a televised singing show and a wisecracking puppet

handsome boy modelling software (bernard snowy), Thursday, 12 March 2020 09:19 (one year ago) link

Hahaha great song but I’m hearing a strong El-P/RTJ vibe here.

Yelploaf, Thursday, 12 March 2020 12:37 (one year ago) link

two months pass...

new song is excellent, as is the repurposed-stock-footage video

https://youtu.be/ofXWdTjvDP4

k*r*n koltrane (Simon H.), Thursday, 28 May 2020 14:52 (one year ago) link

also I'm very confused about the origin/inspiration of the "Processed by the Boys" video

k*r*n koltrane (Simon H.), Thursday, 28 May 2020 14:55 (one year ago) link

one month passes...

never heard of them before. the three released songs of the new album are pretty good. they have something about them. like the fall with tunes or something. sometimes a little repetitive though.

walking towards the sun since 2007 (alex in mainhattan), Wednesday, 15 July 2020 21:17 (one year ago) link

The Agent Intellect is still their best imo but I have high hopes for the new one.

k*r*n koltrane (Simon H.), Thursday, 16 July 2020 02:03 (one year ago) link

I wouldn’t call them repetitive but they definitely have a sound that they stick to, which I appreciate.

na (NA), Thursday, 16 July 2020 02:07 (one year ago) link

the new album sounds like some music that had to be released, urgent and key.

walking towards the sun since 2007 (alex in mainhattan), Friday, 17 July 2020 15:33 (one year ago) link

One of my favorite things about this band has always been their album sequencing, and after listening to the new one once through, I'm happy to say they continue to deliver on that front. It's never pretentious or flashy, but the way they run feedback noises, reverb tails, and count-ins over the gaps between songs feels so crucial to their aesthetic. The false ending of "Modern Business Hymns" was a nice touch, too -- I don't think they've used that particular trick before.

I've been waiting since "Processed by the Boys" was released as a single back in March to see what rough beast's approach is heralded by that fade up at the end. It's almost like a pavlovian conditioned response, except somehow I trained myself using just a bell and no food.

handsome boy modelling software (bernard snowy), Friday, 17 July 2020 17:36 (one year ago) link

I think this is their most...atmospheric album? It sounds fantastic.

k*r*n koltrane (Simon H.), Saturday, 18 July 2020 02:29 (one year ago) link

It sounds more comfortable somehow, which suits them better than I expected.

pomenitul, Saturday, 18 July 2020 14:21 (one year ago) link

'The Aphorist' sounds like a Spoon cover.

pomenitul, Saturday, 18 July 2020 14:27 (one year ago) link

lol at the Ian Cohen diss

There's the failed lawyer haunting teen-punk shows
He'll explain his top 5 for 09 and what to eat
But, if you ever saw his bald-skull head
You'd be certain he'd been dead for weeks

jaymc, Saturday, 18 July 2020 18:43 (one year ago) link

lmao

k*r*n koltrane (Simon H.), Saturday, 18 July 2020 23:47 (one year ago) link

the new album is their best yet I think. the woodwind arrangements are a great touch, and perfectly mixed. Joe Casey is a brilliant lyricist, I hope at some point he breaks down the lyrics of the new one like he did for Relatives in Descent here

https://www.npr.org/sections/allsongs/2017/09/29/553963443/what-s-the-meaning-of-life-ask-protomartyr

k*r*n koltrane (Simon H.), Tuesday, 21 July 2020 18:00 (one year ago) link

This album is fantastic

shout-out to his family (DJP), Tuesday, 21 July 2020 18:42 (one year ago) link

this one didn't seem as immediate as their last couple of albums on first listen, but i'm sure i'll come around to it. great drumming.

na (NA), Tuesday, 21 July 2020 18:57 (one year ago) link

it definitely took me a couple listens for it to open up

k*r*n koltrane (Simon H.), Tuesday, 21 July 2020 20:45 (one year ago) link

on this listen I realized they're basically a darker, nastier version of The National now which I am very into

k*r*n koltrane (Simon H.), Tuesday, 21 July 2020 23:49 (one year ago) link

I wish The National were a darker, nastier version of The National.

pomenitul, Tuesday, 21 July 2020 23:50 (one year ago) link

It just sounds like a proficient Birthday Party tribute band with shoddy lyrics about 'the common man' rather than bats.

― Damo Suzuki's Parrot, Tuesday, 18 June 2013 22:11 (seven years ago) bookmarkflaglink

underrated post imo

calzino, Wednesday, 22 July 2020 00:29 (one year ago) link

Otm post but remove "just"

k*r*n koltrane (Simon H.), Wednesday, 22 July 2020 00:48 (one year ago) link

they make me think of a songier version of the baltimore band wilderness

na (NA), Wednesday, 22 July 2020 14:21 (one year ago) link

Tbh show me more Birthday Party tribute bands, that would rule

shout-out to his family (DJP), Wednesday, 22 July 2020 15:58 (one year ago) link

I might be in the minority here but i think Relatives is the better record.
The production and arrangements here are better but the songs themselves are superior in the previous record.
That being said, i do like this record and Michihan Hammers is their best song imo

nostormo, Wednesday, 22 July 2020 17:07 (one year ago) link

"It just sounds like a proficient Birthday Party tribute band with shoddy lyrics about 'the common man' rather than bats"

Replace BP with Mark E Smith

nostormo, Wednesday, 22 July 2020 17:08 (one year ago) link

I posted this to my social media:

I once again tried - and failed - to get into a new Protomartyr release.
I think the issue is that while I love post-punk, they come at it like Joe Jackson and I prefer Killing Joke.
(I may be oversimplifying this. But the key takeaway is that I tried.)

I may not be the target audience for them however my friend Steve Holtje commented more succinctly: "A series of gestures strung together is not quite a song."

Loud guitars shit all over "Bette Davis Eyes" (NYCNative), Wednesday, 22 July 2020 17:11 (one year ago) link

"Worm in Heaven" is one of my fave album closers in years. And every bit a song.

k*r*n koltrane (Simon H.), Wednesday, 22 July 2020 17:14 (one year ago) link

I do think "a series of gestures" is a fair description of their early stuff, but not the last few albums.

k*r*n koltrane (Simon H.), Wednesday, 22 July 2020 17:15 (one year ago) link

Well, the do lack on the melody department. Closer to spoken word sometimes (Mark E Smith anyone?)

nostormo, Wednesday, 22 July 2020 17:17 (one year ago) link

"I may not be the target audience for them however my friend Steve Holtje commented more succinctly: "A series of gestures strung together is not quite a song."

But Iggy Pop said they are the best american band right now

nostormo, Wednesday, 22 July 2020 17:21 (one year ago) link

dang this is good. agreed about the sequencing, a parquet courts-esque song like 'worm in heaven' would rub me the wrong way if it were anything but the final track. powerhouse performance by the band on 'i am you now.'

mozzy star (voodoo chili), Thursday, 23 July 2020 18:03 (one year ago) link

Basucally they are like Parquet Courts with bigger balls and less melodies.

nostormo, Friday, 24 July 2020 07:18 (one year ago) link

one month passes...

This is so great, I think this might be my favorite of theirs yet. The drumming is so good throughout and I thought this quote from the drummer was pretty interesting:

I saw Chris Talbot play such diverse parts and they all served the songs perfectly. Having the percussion drive the song, but also act as its own melody is something I'm preoccupied with and that happens frequently on those Wild Beasts records.

soaring skrrrtpeggios (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Wednesday, 2 September 2020 16:47 (eleven months ago) link

You know, it's not that I was avoiding them but I had the impression all this time that they were a Worthy American Indie Rock Band From the Heartland or the like and so I was mostly thinking "Hm, yeah, I guess I'll check them out one of these days I guess." Then the main guy at my local coffee place was raving about "Processed By the Boys" yesterday and played it at me and I was all "Oh...wait they're angry goths without the makeup." And that I'm very good with.

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 2 September 2020 17:13 (eleven months ago) link

Well, the do lack on the melody department. Closer to spoken word sometimes (Mark E Smith anyone?)

― nostormo, Wednesday, July 22, 2020 5:17 PM (one month ago)

The Melody Department would be a good name for a band (not this band though)

handsome boy modelling software (bernard snowy), Wednesday, 2 September 2020 18:02 (eleven months ago) link

The drumming is great but also the main reason they sometimes make me think of The National lately. Nice to see a musician note a Wild Beasts influence.

unpaid intern at the darvo institute (Simon H.), Wednesday, 2 September 2020 19:12 (eleven months ago) link

I've always felt a strong similarity w/ The National re: drumming, too. I'm only really super-familiar with Alligator but I feel like at least on that record, the deceptively simple-sounding, propulsive rhythms that are super minimal but still somehow function as the lead instrument in the band (to my ears, anyway) have always been what Protomartyr's drums remind me of.

cwkiii, Thursday, 3 September 2020 11:55 (eleven months ago) link

two months pass...

have we talked enough about what a great lyricist Joe Casey is?

alpine static, Friday, 13 November 2020 21:36 (eight months ago) link

we have not. I went looking for a juicy quote from Ultimate Success Today but half the fun really is in his delivery.

it bangs for thee (Simon H.), Saturday, 14 November 2020 00:44 (eight months ago) link

When the ending comes, is it gonna run at us like a wild-eyed animal?
A foreign disease washed upon the beach
A dagger plunged from out of the shadows
A cosmic grief beyond all comprehension
All good laid low by outside evil
Against belief, a riot in the streets
A giant beast turning mountains into black holes
Fiction! Fiction!
No, none of that, rolling in your heads
Reality has a far duller edge

alpine static, Saturday, 14 November 2020 05:11 (eight months ago) link

one month passes...

I recall seeing the pope
Pontiac 1987
Money changing between hands
Outside the Silverdome
Afterwords a riot broke
Old folks turned brutish
Trampling their way out the gates
Towards heaven

cwkiii, Wednesday, 23 December 2020 15:07 (seven months ago) link

One of my very favorite songs (even after I realized that it reminds me of Interpol)

handsome boy modelling software (bernard snowy), Wednesday, 23 December 2020 17:32 (seven months ago) link

six months pass...

it has already been posted above but this is an all-time lmao:

There's the failed lawyer haunting teen-punk shows
He'll explain his top 5 for 09 and what to eat
But, if you ever saw his bald-skull head
You'd be certain he'd been dead for weeks

And that's the story of the happy thief who provided content
To that ceaseless chill-out stream

stop-stop-hes-already-dead.gif

alpine static, Tuesday, 20 July 2021 21:54 (two weeks ago) link


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