PROTOMARTYR – Detroit’s Post-Punk Misfits At Their Knife-Edged Best On New LP ‘FORMAL GROWTH IN THE DESERT’

Standout longplayers

3 June 2023

Detroit‘s post-punk eccentrics PROTOMARTYR unleashes their
new, 6th LP named FORMAL GROWTH IN THE DESERT yesterday.

Order info here.

It was recorded at the Sonic Ranch in Tornillo, TX with producer Jake Aron.

The songs came from a period of colossal transition for frontman/songwriter Joe Casey, including the death of his mother. But life does go on, and Casey describes the great theme of Formal Growth In The Desert as an embrace and acknowledgment of that fact.
A 12-song testament to “getting on with life,” even when it feels impossibly hard.

AllMusic: “As great as the band is, it’s the vocals and lyrics of Joe Casey that set Protomartyr apart from their peers. The melodies are as straightforward and muscular as ever, with more graceful structures yet executed with the precision and dynamics that makes their music so satisfying. Protomartyr would almost certainly have sounded like nay-sayers even in America’s salad days, but in 2023 Formal Growth in the Desert plays like another State of the Union essay from this band of intelligent malcontents, and what they have to say is strikingly effective as editorial commentary and as music.” Score: 4.5/5.

TUTV: Joe Casey‘s troubled soul and ongoing swing moods push this new full-length
to a remarkably emotional place, sonically as well as lyrically. Protomartyr at their
knife-edged best.

Singles/clips: Polacrilex Kid / Make Way / Elimination Dances





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Let’s drink to the new album (pic by Turn Up The Volume)

New PROTOMARTYR Album Out This Friday – New Single ‘POLACRILEX KID’ Out Today

30 May 2023

Detroit‘s post-punk mavericks PROTOMARTYR are back and ready to unleash their new, 6th LP named FORMAL GROWTH IN THE DESERT. It lands this Friday. Pre-order info here.

Thirsty frontman Joe Casey (pic by Turn Up The Volume)

Ahead of its release, the band released three stunning
singles with the newest Polacrilex Kid shared today.




All 3 on Spotify.

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Make Way For Detroit Misfits PROTOMARTYR

Daily noise that works faster than a gallon of caffeine

8 March 2023

Frontman Joe Casey – Photo by Turn Up The Volume

Detroit‘s post-punk misfits PROTOMARTYR are back and ready to unleash their new, 6th LP named FORMAL GROWTH IN THE DESERT. It lands on June 2. Pre-order info here.

The album’s stunning artwork


01 “Make Way”
02 “For Tomorrow”
03 “Elimination Dances”
04 “Fun In Hi Skool”
05 “Let’s Tip The Creator”
06 “Graft Vs. Host”
07 “3800 Tigers”
08 “Polacrilex Kid”
09 “Fulfillment Center”
10 “We Know The Rats”
11 “The Author”
12 “Rain Garden”

The first single called MAKE WAY is a quiet/Loud/quiet rollercoaster.
Every time you think that frontman
Joe Casey will explode he comes down again.

Make way for Protomartyr.

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Scary Reality Grimness – PROTOMARTYR Launched Their Fifth Abum ‘ULTIMATE SUCCESS TODAY’

17 July 2020

Band: Protomartyr (Detroit, US)
Album: Ultimate Success Today – fifth LP
Released: 10 July 2020
Info: ‘Ultimate Success Today’ is the band’s fifth album. Following the release of Relatives In Descent, the band’s critically acclaimed headlong dive into the morass of American life in 2017, Ultimate Success Today continues to further expand the possibilities of what a Protomartyr album can sound like.

The Guardian says: “With stadium rock riffs and saxophone over lyrics about riots and respirators, the Detroit post-punks are the soundtrack of an uncertain future… They’re capable of unleashing pulverising guitar noise, but they’re not reliant on it. The music sounds affectingly ragged and drained – emotions that again feel perfect for the current moment – while the lyrics flip-flop between something approaching faint optimism (“hope you walk through life with a smile”) and something darker and dejected: “Remember me, how I lived / I was frightened, always frightened.” It’s music for uncertain times, something Protomartyr seem to be almost eerily skilled at producing.” Full review here. Score: 4/5.

Key phrase: “In a time of deceit telling the truth is a revolutionary act.”George Orwell

Singles: Processed by The Boys / Worm In Heaven / Michigan Hammers




Full album…


(photo by Turn Up The Volume!)

Misfits PROTOMARTYR Announce New LP And Share Wry Single ‘PROCESSED BY THE BOYS’…

New sonic impulses

12 March 2020

(photo Turn Up The Volume!)

Detroit’s post-punk misfits PROTOMARTYR announced new album ‘ULTIMATE SUCCESS TODAY’, out in May. Frontman and full-time cynical  world observer Joe Casey says about their fifth record “a possible valediction of some confusingly loud five-act play.”

Here’s lead single ‘PROCESSED BY THE BOYS’. A brutal jackhammer, a slow-mo ebullition with a wall-of-pounding hubbub backing Casey’s drunken voice tackling humanity in his own razor-sharp way. The video (below) was influence by Brazilian TV footage the band seems to become obsessed with…


New album ‘ULTIMATE SUCCESS TODAY’ out 29th May – all info here

PROTOMARTYR – Detroit’s Acrimonious Noise Quartet Repeating Themselves In Belgium…

PROTOMARTYR – De Kreun, Kortrijk, Belgium – 3 May 2018

Last Thursday the Detroit noise-drone-rockers PROTOMARTYR landed in Belgium for the second time in 6 months as part of their endless tour to promote their fourth, barbed
wire album titled ‘Relatives in Descent’. A roaring and intriguing record for those who never heard of the band. A familiar experience – sonically and lyrically – for dedicated followers like me. Live things get also predictable with frontman/songwriter Joe Casey in the middle of the grey picture. Bringing his best friends, 4 bottles of beer, along in the pockets of his old-fashioned bookkeeper’s costume is beginning to look as a gimmick. On the other hand Casey‘s barking, sneering, moaning vox expressing his discontent with this troubled planet and life in general still pierces your ear-system in a stirring way. But in the end, even with
a couple of new songs (sounding like the old ones actually) the band played, the overall impression was one of ‘I heard/saw this all before too much‘. Time for a beer…

Barking, sneering, spitting, moaning

Another thirsty performance

Newest album ‘Relatives In Descent’

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(pics: by flashing JL/Turn Up The Volume!)