Protomartyr // The Agent Intellect
If you told the members of Detroit's Protomartyr that the world sucks, they seem like the types to agree.
The Agent Intellect
If you told the members of Detroit's Protomartyr that the world sucks, they seem like the types to agree. The group has thrived on creating post-punk with bleak overtones, but Protomartyr strikes an impressive balance of humor and, well, fun for a band that can't help but sound moody. There's a lot of darkness in vocalist Joe Casey's lyrics, but it never becomes overbearing, either because of a well-placed guitar bridge that brightens up a song like "Cowards Starve" or the occasional song that just can't help but sound upbeat, such as the hooky "I Forgive You." Then there's "Ellen," a truly sweet love song Casey wrote from the perspective of his late father to his mother. It's a surprisingly tender moment near the end of an album filled with reminders of loneliness and evil, one that makes quite an impact in an already impressive release. – Alex Bieler