photos by Amanda Hatfield, words by Bill Pearis

Protomartyr / The Gotobeds / Grooms @ The Wick 4/15/2015
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Protomartyr and The Gotobeds' tour hit NYC for a BrooklynVegan-presented show at The Wick. Protomartyr's set was about half new material, including new single "Blues Festival" which sounded great live. The band laid down tracks for their third album which will hopefully be out later this year. They were really, really loud and between that and The Wick's boomy acoustics, some of Protomartyr's dynamics got lost in the din, but still a really good set.

The Gotobeds, who played The Wick back in November opening for Sleaford Mods, put on the most fun set of the night, and frontman Eli Kasan cracked cynical jokes in between songs. "We've got the German edition of our album over there. There's a different track from the US edition and only 300 were made, so be sure to pick one up for your good friend Discogs or Ebay." It was a longer set than we got back in November, with a bunch of favorites from Poor People Are Revolting (was happy they played the very Fall-esque "Fucking Machine") and a few new ones too that may show up on their first album for Sub Pop.

The Wick's echo-iness definitely hurt openers Grooms, who were great at Music Hall of Williamsburg back in February. The artiest and most effects-driven band on the bill, they sounded blurry, and Steve Levine's drumming all but gone in the mix, unfortunately. Hopefully they won't have the same problems at The Bell House on May 8 when they play with Beauty Pill and The Flag (tickets).

In other news, The Wick is looking more like a proper venue now, with an elevated mixing board and cool-looking hanging light installation in the main performance space. I am told that The Wick's bathrooms will be finished soon, so you'll only have to travel over to The Well for a larger beer selection.

The Protobeds tour hits DC tonight at U Street Music Hall with Priests opening. That's a great lineup, so if you're in our nation's capital, go see that show. More pics from The Wick below....

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