by Bill Pearis


Protomartyr's third album, The Agent Intellect, is out next week via Hardly Art and you can stream it in its entirety right now via NPR First Listen. Building on the strengths of last year's Under Color of Official Right (my favorite LP of 2014), the band remain firing on all cylinders here. With a chassis (drummer Alex Leonard, bassist Scott Davidson) as precision as anything their Detroit hometown produced in its prime, the LP is a showcase for Greg Ahee's endlessly inventive guitar-playing and frontman Joe Casey's bleak, wry lyrical POV. Casey sings as much as he rants this time, which enlivens choruses of "I Forgive You," "Dope Cloud," "Clandestine Time" and the genuinely poignant "Ellen" (about Casey's mother who has Alzheimers). Is The Agent Intellect better than Under Color of Official Right? Why choose? Listen below.

As mentioned, Protomartyr will be in NYC for CMJ, playing four shows:

10/14 @ Santos Party House: NME Showcase w/ Perfect Pussy, Hooton Tennis Club, Downtown Boys, Dilly Dally, Shopping, Yung, Nico Yaryan, Car Seat Headrest, Seratones, YAK (tickets)
10/15 @ Knitting Factory: Sub Pop showcase w/ Protomartyr, Strange Wilds, The Gotobeds, S, Mass Gothic (tickets)
10/16 @ Rough Trade: Aquarium Drunkard showcase w/ Omni, Lemon Twigs, DRINKS, Yoko and the Oh No's, Mothers, Car Seat Headrest, Modern Vices (tickets)
10/17 @ Adhoc Carwash w/ Destruction Unit, Perfect Pussy, Porches, LVL UP, Downtown Boys, Pity Sex, Potty Mouth, Sheer Mag and Whitney (tickets)

Protomartyr are touring around CMJ as well, including a post-fest run with Amanda X. All dates are listed below.


Protomartyr - 2015 Tour Dates
10/09/2015 Detroit, MI Marble Bar w/Deaf Wish, Casual Sweetheart
10/10/2015 Detroit, MI Marble Bar w/Spray Paint, Growwing Pains
10/11/2015 Toronto, ON Horseshoe Tavern w/Dirty Nil, Growwing Pains
10/12/2015 Montreal, QC Bar Le Ritz PDB w/Growwing Pains, Fred Thomas
10/13/2015 Cambridge, MA Middle East (upstairs) w/Growwing Pains
10/14/2015 New York, NY Santos Party House NME Showcase (CMJ)
10/15/2015 Brooklyn, NY Knitting Factory - Brooklyn Sub Pop showcase (CMJ)
10/16/2015 Brooklyn, NY Rough Trade NYC Aquarium Drunkard showcase (CMJ)
10/17/2015 Brooklyn, NY Adhoc Carwash AdHoc showcase (CMJ)
10/17/2015 Baltimore, MD Metro Gallery w/Amanda X
10/18/2015 Philadelphia, PA Johnny Brenda's w/Amanda X
10/20/2015 Raleigh, NC Kings Barcade w/Amanda X
10/21/2015 Atlanta, GA Earl w/Amanda X
10/22/2015 Nashville, TN Stone Fox w/Amanda X
10/23/2015 Bloomington, IN Blockhouse w/Amanda X
10/24/2015 Milwaukee, WI Cactus Club w/Amanda X
10/25/2015 Chicago, IL Lincoln Hall w/Amanda X, Negative Scanner

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