Protomartyr // Under Color of Official Right

Categories:  Music Reviews    Music
Wednesday, April 30th, 2014 at 6:34 AM
Protomartyr // Under Color of Official Right by Alex Bieler

Protomartyr

Under Color of Official Right

Hardly Art

4 Stars

When Protomartyr opened for Cloud Nothings in Cleveland last August, the Beachland Ballroom crowd wasn’t sure what to think of the Detroit quartet. For the first few songs, singer Joe Casey slumped over the microphone, mumbling words while the band hammered out frantic tunes. Then, Casey came alive, whipping out pointed lines amid dark, chaotic sonic blasts for a night of frenzied post-punk fun. Eight months later, the band released its sophomore album Under Color of Official Right and they pick up right where they left off in Cleveland. At 14 songs and a lean 34 minutes, the album hits hard and fast, although the band inserts a few moments of levity to balance out the dark overtones. “Tarpeian Rock” shows off the band’s grit while “Ain’t So Simple” hooks listeners just a few seconds in with its catchy guitar lines. Under Color of Right is an impressive display of hard-hitting post-punk with enough quirk to intrigue. — Alex Bieler

Erie Reader: Vol. 7, No. 13
Now Available — Pick It Up Today

CURRENT

Centenarian building serves criminally good drinks, eats

Thousands of music enthusiasts from all across the country flock to the Great Blue Heron Music Festival.

Don’t Blink Photography and Design along with The Box will is putting together Humanity Against Heroin fundraiser.

Big Thief are able to communicate emotions with heartbreaking accuracy.

East High School Tribute

IN THIS ISSUE

Centenarian building serves criminally good drinks, eats

Thousands of music enthusiasts from all across the country flock to the Great Blue Heron Music Festival.

Don’t Blink Photography and Design along with The Box will is putting together Humanity Against Heroin fundraiser.

Big Thief are able to communicate emotions with heartbreaking accuracy.

East High School Tribute

Uncanny advertising and meth-fueled hotwiring 

Catch some of Erie’s best original musicians while helping to support a great cause.

Goodell Gardens and friends present the gardens’ third annual Botanical Beverages event.

Beach Fossils continue to raise the bar for themselves

We Hunger!