Protomartyr is an American post-punk band formed in 2008 in Detroit, Michigan. It features Joe Casey on vocals, Greg Ahee on guitar, Alex Leonard on drums and Scott Davidson on bass guitar.
Prior to Protomartyr, Greg Ahee and Alex Leonard were performing as a duo, which was named Butt Babies. They were soon joined by Joe Casey, who started to perform on vocals at Butt Babies shows. Kevin Boyer of Tvyek joined Protomartyr on bass and second guitar for a short time before leaving the act due to the working schedules with his other band. As Scott Davidson joined the band on bass, Butt Babies transformed into Protomartyr.
The band released their debut album, No Passion All Technique in 2012 via Urinal Cake Records. This was followed by "Colpi Proibiti" in the same year, via X! Records. Their sophomore studio album, Under Color of Official Right, was released on April 8, 2014 via Hardly Art record label.
The band has extensively toured in the United States and Europe and performed at SXSW, CMJ Music Marathon, Pitchfork Music Festival, and others.
On the 14th July 2015, Protomartyr announced the release of their third album, 'The Agent Intellect', with the release of the track 'Why Do They Shake?'. The album was released October 2015 via Hardly Art Records. On the 25th August, the band released, 'Dope Cloud', the second track to be released from 'The Agent Intellect'.
The band's music has been labeled as post-punk and punk rock. Josh Terry of Consequence of Sound stated that the band "blends the moody atmospherics of '70s U.K. post-punk with the raw sensibility of their Motor City garage-rock forebears." The band's sound was compared to other post-punk acts such as Wire, the Fall, Pere Ubu, the Constantines and Iceage, as well as local acts, most notably Tyvek. Vocalist Joe Casey also expressed appreciation for Pere Ubu and the Fall.
Casey's baritone vocals were also compared to those of Ian Curtis of Joy Division, Mark E. Smith of the Fall and Nick Cave.