Now that they are quite popular, Protomartyr have made a new friend. She's not just any old friend though. She's none other than Kelley Deal from the Breeders. Everyone's favourite 'jellied eel' cockney rhyming slang appears on two tracks on this new EP which follows the bands rather successful Relatives in Descent LP.
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It's not happening.
As Protomartyr get more and more popular and receive more praise from you our valued customers I keep hoping that their music will click with me but it just doesn't. After liking a small portion of their previous 'Relatives In Descent' I'm back in square one with this EP. As always my issues are with the derivative sounds of Joe Casey's vocals rather than the skewed avant rock they produce. On opener 'Wait' he sounds something like a cross between Shane MacGowan and Stuart Adamson of Big Country with his stadium leaning yelps and adds little or nothing to a song to the dirty skewed music the band produce. 'Same Face in a Different Mirror' is just lacklustre noise rock - once again I'm tempted by the strangulated guitars and pounding rhythms but it all feels so average.
Kelley Deal obviously disagrees and her appearance on 'Wheel of Fortune' lifts the EP somewhat out of it's stupor. Her shouty but golden tones add some class to proceedings before things go really sludgy with a slow moving and heavy middle section. Deal brings a bit of pop nous to the band and her sparkle is also on closer 'You Always Win' which is probably the best thing here somewhere between the Birthday Party and Pixies. It's a much better example of what the band have to offer. Perhaps they are so unique I need to work towards them somehow rather than sitting back and asking them to impress me.
Protomartyr make competent noise/sludge rock. It has something about it but it still feels heavy handed - like noise rock played with Wellington boots on.
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