In a music industry where nothing is secret and even less is sacred, Protomartyr’s debut LP No Passion All Technique has long been a refreshing anomaly. Obviously the group are very big now, but no-one knew this back in 2012 - not them, not us, and certainly not the Urinal Cake label who released this record. A tiny run sold out, and the thing’s been neither re-pressed nor available on streaming services at any point since. This Domino reissue allows you to experience No Passion All Technique without paying megabucks for it on the vinyl black market. It’s a damn sight more raggedy than the band’s subsequent work, but the idiosyncrasies of No Passion All Technique work in its favour. Come and see how the post-punk band we deserve ended up like this.
CD £10.50 REWIGCD154
Reissue CD on Domino. Comes in a mini-gatefold sleeve.
- Only 1 copy left
Vinyl LP £18.36 REWIGLP154
Heavyweight black vinyl reissue LP + zine on Domino.
- Includes download code
Limited Vinyl LP £19.02 REWIGLP154X
Limited edition, indies only heavyweight blue vinyl reissue LP + zine on Domino.
- Coloured vinyl
- Indies only
- Limited edition
- Includes download code
As I've mentioned before it's just not happening with me and Protomartyr. Every couple of years they release an album of critically praised sludge rock then I listen to it, arms folded with an 'impress me' look on my face and nothing happens.
For their latest release we go way back to the beginning of their career for a re-issue of their until now barely available debut. As you might expect it's a raw rattler. It sounds either like it was recorded in a broom cupboard or that instead of a Protomartyr album I've been given a collection of Gun Club, the Fall and Pere Ubu live bootlegs to sift through. It is so raw that it sounds like it is a muddy tape recorded in the middle of a sweaty moshpit but in there somewhere is the sound of a band trying to get out. After three raucous thrashalong comes Swallows, a slower paced track with the hint of one of the times in Husker Du Bob Mould would calm down a bit. It's tracks like this and Jumbos that suggest the band that Protomartyr would later become - the latter has some more angular post punk things going on alongside what I think is a ribbon of synth.
As I've struggled with their later work I have no idea how essential this will be to long term fans. It's pretty much the rawest record I've heard this month, showing a band finding their feet, scratching around in the earth for their sound and finding slithers of inspiration while having a blast at the same time.
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