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Protomartyr finally reissuing first LP ‘No Passion All Technique’


Protomartyr‘s 2012 debut album, No Passion All Technique, was basically recofrded in a day, and remains the band’s punkiest and loosest, but still with the building blocks you’d hear on their albums that followed: Greg Ahee’s inventive guitar playing, the rock-solid rhythm section of Scott Davidson and Alex Leonard, and the unmistakable vocals and lyrics of Joe Casey. It’s also got a handful of songs that are still regulars in their setlist, including “Jumbo’s,” “Feral Cats,” “Machinist Man,” and “Ypsilanti.” Originally pressed in a tiny vinyl run, the album pretty much immediately became a collector’s item, never available to stream and vinyl copies going for ridiculous amounts on Discogs. Finally, it’s getting reissued, coming out May 3 via Domino, with a handful of digital bonus tracks from the same session: “King Boots”, “Bubba Helms”, and “Cartier E.G.s” from the Dreads 85 84 7”, and “Whatever Happened To The Saturn Boys?”, which has never before been released. Preorder yours.

“My memory is shot,” says Joe Casey, “but I appreciate now, looking back, how raw and off-the-cuff it was. There’s tons of mistakes in it and that wasn’t because we planned on it. We still can’t really admit that it’s as good as it is. You never want to say that your first is the best, but I’m happy that the first ended up not being terrible. It gave us doorway to what we’d want to do later.” With the announcement of the reissue comes a brand new video for “Jumbo’s,” a song about the Detroit club/dive tand the folks who frequent it, which was made by director Yoonha Park and shot in part at the real Jumbo’s. Watch that below.

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1. In My Sphere
2. Machinist Man
3. Hot Wheel City
4. 3 Swallows
5. Free Supper
6. Jumbo’s
7. Ypsilanti
8. Too Many Jewels
9. (Don’t You) Call Me Out My Name
10. How He Lived After He Died
11. Feral Cats
12. Wine of Ape
13. Principalities
14. King Boots (Bonus Track)
15. Bubba Helms (Bonus Track)
16. Cartier E.G.s (Bonus Track)
17. Whatever Happened to the Saturn Boys? (Bonus Track)

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