Protomartyr - Under Colour Of Official Right
The hit of this year's SXSW. Protomartyr's economical rock elicits comparisons to possible antecedents like Pere Ubu, Wire or The Fall as well as local contemporaries like Frustration or Tyvek (whose frontman Kevin Boyer played bass in an early iteration of Protomartyr). Where 2012's 'No Passion All Technique' favoured comparatively straight forward punk structures, 'Under Color', their second full length, and Hardly Art debut, takes a more exploratory approach. 'Tarpeian Rock' places punk vitriol against a minimalist backing and 'Scum, Rise!' casts shadows with guitars that alternately chime and clang.
LP with Booklet and download.