Joe Casey (vocals), Alex Leonard (drums), Greg Ahee (guitar) and Scott Davidson (bass) have been making top-quality post-punk as Protomartyr (above, performing “The Devil in His Youth” for Pitchfork) since forming the band seven years ago in Detroit, trafficking in energetic yet melancholic songs—with frontman Casey earning comparisons to Nick Cave and Ian Curtis along the way. The quartet’s fourth long-player, Relatives in Descent (stream it below), came out about a month ago to raves: “Alex Leonard pounds the skins and shifts through impressively complex percussive work, while Scott Davidson provides chugging grounded bass below Greg Ahee’s dissonant and virtuosic post-punk wailings. It’s Joe Casey’s driven melismatic, charismatic and poetic crooning however that adorns and brings each fragmented arrangement to life,” gushes the Line of Best Fit. “It really is about time we all sat up and started to take Protomartyr seriously. Their quality of music and precision is outstanding.” And not to be outdone, the Guardian calls it “sensational, bloodied but unbowed post-punk.” Find out how it all comes together live (spoiler alert: pretty great) when they close our their American tour at Music Hall of Williamsburg on Saturday night. D.C. trio Flasher and Brooklyn quartet Weeping Icon open the show.
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The 35th annual CMJ Music Marathon kicks off tomorrow and lasts through Saturday. And The Bowery Presents has you covered each night—and during the day on Saturday. Check out the showcases at our venues—plus Pianos—this week (that aren’t already sold out).
Mercury Lounge: Firekid
Rough Trade NYC: Paradigm, Am Only and the Windish Agency present Vaults, Methyl Ethel, Gilligan Moss, Steven A Clark, Leikeli47 and No Wyld
Mercury Lounge: CMJ Official Showcase with Oberhofer, Superfood, Bird Dog, Frankie and Marlon Williams
Rough Trade NYC: Rough Trade presents John Grant, Ezra Furman, Georgia, Shopping and Hooton Tennis Club
Mercury Lounge: Ruen Brothers, Susto and Zachary Cale
Pianos (beginning at noon), FREE: the Lemon Twigs, Whitney, Methyl Ethyl, Bayonne, Aquilo, Mild High Club, Ben Abraham, Fraser A Gorman, Zachary Cale, Hooton Tennis Club and Car Seat Headrest
Tags: AM Only, Aquarium Drunkard, BBC, Bella Union, Bird Dog, Bowery Ballroom, Car Seat Headrest, Clean Cut Kid, CMJ, CMJ Music Marathon, DJ Flugvel og Geimskip, Doomsquad, Drinks, Ezra Furman, Frankie, Fufanu, Georgia, Gilligan Moss, Holiday Mountain, Hooton Tennis Club, Iceland Airwaves, John Grant, Landshapes, Leikeli47, Lemon Twigs, Lev, Live Music, Mammut, Marlon Williams, Mercury Lounge, Methyl Ethel, MezzoForte, Mothers, Music, Music Hall of Williamsburg, No Wyld, Oberhofer, Omni, Paradigm, Piano's, Pompeya, Powwowwer, Pretty Vicious, Preview, Protomartyr, PRS for Music Foundation, Rough Trade, Rough Trade NYC, Ruen Brothers, Shopping, Sphynx, Steven A. Clark, Superfood, Susto, Teen Commandments, the Big Moon, the Jacques, Vaults, Velo, Windish Agency, Yoko and the Oh No’s, Young Empires, Zachary Cale
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