Protomartyr release new single and video "Michigan Hammers"
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Protomartyr release new single and video "Michigan Hammers"

Protomartyr release a new single/video, “Michigan Hammers,” off of their new album, Ultimate Success Today, out July 17 on Domino. Following “Worm in Heaven” and “Processed By The Boys,” “Michigan Hammers” is fierce with staccato guitar and thrashing percussion. Singer Joe Casey’s voice is forceful and insistent: “The Michigan Hammers are on their way // A chant from the end of the bar, not all of them on pills // Break apart the surface lot // What's been torn down can be rebuilt  // What has been rebuilt can be destroyed.”
 
The accompanying video was directed by Yoonha Park, who was responsible for the band’s “Wheel of Fortune” and “Don't Go To Anacita” videos, and was built entirely of found stock footage. “This video is a retelling of a well-known Michigan folk tale that describes timeless themes of greed, power, death and rebirth and nothing short of the conflict of good and evil,” says Park.
 
Joe Casey further explains: "Couldn't make a ‘proper’ video due to the miasma. So why not make one using what tools remain? That's sort of what MICHIGAN HAMMERS is about I think - building with rubble. It's probably about that and mules, syndicates, too many parking lots, camaraderie, the ideal happy hour, failure, and takin' what they're givin' 'cause we're workin' for a livin' until we start takin' it to the streets. Or something like that."

Watch the video below. 


Protomartyr is Joe Casey (vocals), Greg Ahee (guitars), Alex Leonard (drums), and Scott Davidson (bass guitar).  Ultimate Success Today features guest musicians Nandi Rose (vocals) a.k.a. Half Waif, jazz legend Jemeel Moondoc (alto sax), Izaak Mills (bass clarinet, sax, flute), and Fred Lonberg-Holm (cello).
 
Ultimate Success Today is available to pre-order now on LP, CD and digital formats. A limited blue-in-red colored edition of the LP is available exclusively on Domino Mart.

Praise for previous singles "Worm In Heaven" and "Processed By The Boys":
 
"pretty uncharacteristic one for the group, restrained up until its final shuddering moments. Moody and meditative, it’s almost what would pass as a ballad in Protomartyr’s world." - STEREOGUM on "Worm In Heaven"
 
"relatively low-key and mellow, following a slinky guitar line while singer Joe Casey reflects about how close he is to heaven’s gates." - CONSEQUENCE OF SOUND on "Worm In Heaven"
 
"The seismic first cut off the Detroit band's fifth LP Ultimate Success Today rattles with "cosmic grief beyond all comprehension." Its video, a bizarre tribute to the Brazillian meme "Gil da Esfiha vs Galerito," is equally discombobulating." - THE FADER on "Processed By The Boys"
 
"the classic wall-of-noise feel of a Protomartyr track" - PASTE on "Processed By The Boys"

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Protomartyr Ultimate Success Today

Album | 17th July 2020

Ultimate Success Today is Protomartyr's fifth album. Following the release of Relatives In Descent, the band’s critically acclaimed headlong dive into the morass of American life in 2017, Ultimate Success Today continues to further expand the possibilities of what a Protomartyr album can sound like.

Tracklisting

  • 1Day Without End
  • 2Processed By The Boys
  • 3I Am You Now
  • 4The Aphorist
  • 5June 21
  • 6Michigan Hammers
  • 7Tranquilizer
  • 8Modern Business Hymns
  • 9Bridge & Crown
  • 10Worm In Heaven

Protomartyr Ultimate Success Today

Album | 17th July 2020

Ultimate Success Today is Protomartyr's fifth album. Following the release of Relatives In Descent, the band’s critically acclaimed headlong dive into the morass of American life in 2017, Ultimate Success Today continues to further expand the possibilities of what a Protomartyr album can sound like.

Tracklisting

  • 1Day Without End
  • 2Processed By The Boys
  • 3I Am You Now
  • 4The Aphorist
  • 5June 21
  • 6Michigan Hammers
  • 7Tranquilizer
  • 8Modern Business Hymns
  • 9Bridge & Crown
  • 10Worm In Heaven
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