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Interview:
Detroit's Protomartyr rolls out second album
 

By GARY GRAFF
Digital First Media, @GraffonMusic

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If fans of Detroit's Protomartyr think they've been anxiously awaiting the modern rock quartet's second album, they've got nothing on the band members themselves.

"We're just glad everybody's going to finally hear it," drummer Alex Leonard says of "Under Color of Official Right," which comes out April 8 as the follow-up to 2012's buzz-building "No Passion All Technique." "We recorded it last summer, I think -- the end of May, beginning of June. We didn't finish it 'til fall, but, yeah,' it's been awhile. Some of these songs have been kicking around. We've been playing them live for a couple of years.

"We always have this policy of kind of moving foward. After we did the first record we immediately started writing songs...and kept writing more until we finally had a set we were really happy with. We wanted to move away from the more Detroit garage kind of sound in favor of something that's a little different, a little harder to describe. So we're really happy with this (album)."

Protomartyr's other big change during the past year was relocating its rehearsal space from the Russell Industrial Center near Detroit's Eastern Market to the basement of bassist Scott Davidson's house in Ferndale. The difference in atmosphere, and demeanor, is striking according to Leonard.

"The old space was pretty disgusting -- beer cans everywhere, cigarette butts on the ground, the room itself had paint chipping off the wall, industrial pipes on the ceiling," the drummer explains. "We were there for almost four years, and that place was kinda miserable. Scott's basement has its own ambience, but we're very polite there."

Protomartyr celebrates the release of its new album, "Under Color of Official Right" on Tuesday, April 8, at PJ's Lager House, 1254 Michigan Ave., Detroit. Spray Paint and Shells will also perform. Doors open at 9 p.m. Cover is $7. Call 313-961-4668 or visit www.pjslagerhouse.com.

Web Site: www.pjslagerhouse.com

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