Being a band that can churn out a large body of work can be a blessing and a curse. For the listeners it’s a blessing and for the band dealing with a label who’s always hungry for more, it can be a curse. However none of that seems to phase Detroit’s Protomartyr. The band has always released work at a lightning speed, and it’s always worth digging into. With their fifth album Ultimate Success Today announced for a late May release, the band’s lead single “Processed By The Boys” checks all the boxes for fans of the band both old and new.
The song hits with an intensity that the band has become known for. The way the stark guitar parts cut through the drums creates a space for the vocals to stand out. With squeals from a brass and plenty of guitar slides, the song is as inventive as it is harsh. It seems like Protomartyr is expanding post punk more than they already have, adding to their intense measures of sound. The video features a bizarre variety show type atmosphere that works perfectly for the song, and especially with the band.
The video can be viewed above or on YouTube. The song can be streamed on all streaming sites. Ultimate Success Today is ready for preorder directly from Domino Records ahead of its May 29 release date. Protomartyr is on tour beginning tonight in Chicago, IL at Sleeping Village Presents 312 Day until June 28 in Chicago, IL at Thalia Hall. The band’s complete tour routing is located here.
Image Credits: Photo by Trevor Naud.