2A Dartmouth Park Hill, London NW5 1HL
After a year of extensive touring in support of 2015's The Agent Intellect, Protomartyr returned to their practice space in a former optician's office in Southwest Detroit.
Their recent collaboration with post-punk legends The Pop Group, for Rough Trade's 40th anniversary-began writing new music that artfully expanded on everything they'd recorded up to that point. The result is Relatives in Descent, their fourth full-length and Domino debut. Though not a concept album, it presents twelve variations on a theme: the unknowable nature of truth, and the existential dread that often accompanies that unknowing.
Relatives in Descent offers new layers and new insights, without sanding any of the edges born from their days as a Detroit bar band. Greg Ahee's guitar still crackles and spits electricity. Casey's voice continues to shift naturally between dead-eyed croon and fevered bark. Drummer Alex Leonard and bassist Scott Davidson remain sharp and propulsive. Catch them at their most impressive.
Presented by Upset The Rhythm.
This is a 14+ event (under16s to be accompanied by an adult).