Welcome back to another episode of our weekly talk show podcast, Transmissions. Our guest this week is Joe Casey of Protomartyr. One of the most exciting rock bands of the last decade, the Detroit-based post punk band will release its fifth album, Ultimate Success Today July 17th. The word prophetic isn’t a stretch. With its references to disease, institutional brutality, and gross inequality—symptoms of “a cosmic grief, beyond all comprehension”—the new record matches the apocalyptic mood of the US, and much of the world, in 2020. But it also speaks to the continued growth of the Protomartyr aesthetic, pairing guest vocals and contributions by players associated with free jazz and experimental music with reverb-drenched guitars and brittle rhythms.
Writing about the album, Ana da Silva of the Raincoats says: “Our world has reached a point that makes us afraid: fires, floods, earthquakes, hunger, war, intolerance…there are cries of despair. Is there any hope?” For this episode, Jason P. Woodbury asks Casey to answer that question, as well as Protomartyr’s artistic growth, the uncanny influence of Robocop, and other doomed and damned topics.Transmissions :: Joe Casey of Protomartyr
Episode Playlist: Protomartyr, “Processed By the Boys,” Protomartyr, “Worm In Heaven”
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