Protomartyr is an American rock 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 Tyvek 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 second studio album, Under Color of Official Right, was released in April 2014 via Hardly Art record label. A third studio album, The Agent Intellect, followed in October 2015. The album was critically acclaimed, being rated 85/100 on accumulator website Metacritic, and featured in best of 2015 lists in The A.V. Club, Chicago Tribune, Rolling Stone, Metacritic, Spin, and Consequence of Sound.Protomartyr signed to Domino Records in 2017, and released fourth studio album, Relatives in Descent, on the label in September 2017.The band has extensively toured in the United States and Europe and performed at SXSW, CMJ Music Marathon, Pitchfork Music Festival, and others.
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.
Joe Casey – vocals
Greg Ahee – guitar
Alex Leonard – drums
Scott Davidson – bass guitarPast members
Kevin Boyer (Tyvek) – bass, guitar