The byword for Detroit's fabulous Protomartyr is Post Punk. The trace of arty late seventies and early eighties legends is unmistakable. The influence of The Fall, Gang of Four, Joy Division and most of all Pere Ubu is all over their sound and sensibility but their music is much more than a period exercise.
Here are three tracks from their most recent album, 2015's The Agent Intellect. Led by Joe Casey, one of the most arresting frontmen around, older by more than a decade from his bandmates, they've been describes as 'three scared teens who started a group with their alcoholic uncle'.
The songs are occasionally deeply bleak but fired up explorations of modern life. They 'stand alone; cerebral, angry, fierce; each one plotting a propulsive path between dystopian doom and life-affirming hope.'