Protomartyr share new video & UK tour dates

Protomartyr share new video & UK tour dates




Protomartyr share a new video for “Dope Cloud,” taken from their critically acclaimed album The Agent Intellect. It was directed by self-proclaimed Protomartyr fan Lance Bangs, and depicts the demise of one of the last phone booths in the country.


Known for directing music videos for the likes of R.E.M., Pavement, Sonic Youth, Nirvana, and Arcade Fire, Bangs was simply drawn to the song and made the video on his own time and submitted it to the band.

Meanwhile, Protomartyr continues their massive tour, which has them basically playing everywhere humanly possible. New Canadian, east coast, UK and European dates have been added. Also, a few recent items worth checking out that you might have missed recently are a large profile on the band on Noisey and Joe Casey’s appearance on The New York Times’ Popcast with critic Ben Ratliff.


Hear “I Forgive You”

A full list of dates can be found here, with new UK & Ireland dates as follows…
31 March – Dublin, Workman’s Club
01 April – Liverpool, Magnet
02 April – Glasgow, Broadcast
03 April – Sheffield, Picture House Social
04 April – London, 100 Club


The Agent Intellect is partly about Detroit as a place, with references to the Outer Drive and Jumbo’s Bar. But Mr. Casey’s excellent lyrics go bigger and more abstract: They’re also about Detroit as a pile of symbols and emotions.”The New York Times
“More than anything, this LP feels like a testament to perseverance, with world-weary humor and introspection providing flashes of clarity”  – Rolling Stone (4/5 stars)
“And what he’s driving at, again and again, is that we do all of those things when we feel like trapped animals, when we’ve thrown our full bodies into life and it’s given us nothing back but loneliness and poverty and emptiness, and each advancing year is less time we have to do something of substance. It’s a profound and uncomfortable truth, and it’s one that The Agent Intellect unflinchingly stares down.”Pitchfork (8.2)
“Protomartyr’s last album, 2014’s masterful Under Color Of Official Right, was a breakthrough for the group — as great as it is, though, The Agent Intellect is a huge step both upward and inward.”NPR Music
“The album remains gigantic throughout. Riffs crackle like lit fuses, going kaboomon the chorus, while drums crest and crash like tsunami waves, and swaying bass rumbles denote a perpetual queasiness.”SPIN (8/10, SPIN Essential)
“Tough-minded yet tender at the most unexpected moments, Casey finds the human heart in this wasteland and celebrates it. His voice — a mix of barfly ranting and darn near poetic street musings in the tradition of Algren, Bukowski, Burroughs and (Lou) Reed — is the perfect instrument for delivering these songs. It would be wrong to prettify them. Instead, Casey’s gray, no-nonsense voice creates the precise environment for these characters to come alive.”The Chicago Tribune (4/4 stars)
“This isn’t spiky postpunk like their last album – it’s more unhinged: they’ve swapped hooks for a dirgy epicness, distortion bulldozes through, sometimes flaring angrily, punctured by driving, truly affecting drums. As poignant as those images of a decrepit Motor City, once brilliant, now decayed.”The Guardian (4/5 stars)
“Each album an improvement in ambition and achievement, peaking with the new, often brilliant The Agent Intellect.”Consequence of Sound (A-)
“Protomartyr is instantly up there, with three great albums, with the great Detroit bands of all time. Stooges, MC5…this is an incredible band.”Sound Opinions, Jim Derogatis (Buy It)
“One of the great American bands”Sound Opinions, Greg Kot (Buy It)
“In the best sense, The Agent Intellect takes what made its predecessors good and builds on it.”The AV Club (B+)

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