Detroit punk rockers Protomartyr come to Hare and Hounds with new album 25.10.23

Words by Ed King

Detroit punk rockers Protomartyr are coming to the Hare and Hounds in Kings Heath for a live show on Wednesday 25 October – with support from London’s Es.

Doors open at 7:30pm, with tickets priced at £16 plus booking fee – as promoted by This Is Tmrw. Minimum age of entry is 14 with anyone aged 16 or under needing adult supervision.

**At the time of writing tickets were close to selling out, but click here for more information and links to online sales**

In Birmingham and part of their European tour, the band who were once called Butt Babies are on the road touring their sixth studio album, Formal Growth in the Desert.

Released on Domino Records in June this year, the new 12 track LP from Protomartyr features all the blistering guitar riffs and pneumatic drill percussion you’d expect from an outfit who released their first album on (their hometown’s now defunct) Urinal Cake Records.

But the depth of the Detroit punk four piece comes through in the peaks and troughs that pepper their new album, as they have done across their back catalogue, with Casey’s all-to-easy-to-compare-to-so-and-so vocals once again firmly leading the charge. And on that, has anyone said ‘Mike Patton when he’s not screaming’ yet?

(Worth mentioning that the UK support act, Es, are also touring their debut album – the nine track Less of Everything – so everyone’s got a corner to fight for at this gig. And space on the merch desk.)

But enough words… tsk tusk, in this day and age ‘an all… check out the audio and visual from the new album below if you need a bit more convincing.

And with Protomartyr playing one gig in Birmingham and then one more in London, before a series of dates across mainland Europe, this is your ticking clock kick up the arse if you want to catch them on UK soil. And as previously mentioned, tickers are selling like hot (urinal) cakes…

(Although they will be closing off the run with a gig in Benidorm on 18 November, which is almost worth the airfare just to see what happens.)

‘Elimination Dances’ – Protomartyr

Protomartyr play at the Hare and Hounds in Kings Heath on Wednesday 25 October, with support from Es – for more gig information and links to online ticket sales click here.

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