Protomartyr Sign to Domino, Announce New Album, and Share “A Private Understanding” Video

Relatives in Descent Due Out September 29 via Domino

Jul 10, 2017
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Detroit-formed post punkers Protomartyr have announced a new album, Relatives in Descent, and have shared a video for its first single (also its opening track), "A Private Understanding." Relatives in Descent is the band's fourth album and is due out September 29 via Domino, their first for the label (their last two albums, 2014's Under the Color of Official Right and 2015's The Agent Intellect, were released by Hardly Art). Below check out the "A Private Understanding" video, followed by the album's tracklist and cover art, as well as the band's upcoming tour dates.

A press release says that "anxiety about the precarious nature of reality is a recurring thread on" the album. "Though not a concept album," the press release continues, "it presents twelve variations on a theme: the unknowable nature of truth, and the existential dread that often accompanies that unknowing. It's no coincidence this missive comes to us at a moment when disinformation and garbled newspeak have become a daily reality."

Protomartyr singer Joe Casey elaborates in the press release: "I used to think that truth was something that existed, that there were certain shared truths, like beauty. Now that's being eroded. People have never been more skeptical, and there's no shared reality. Maybe there never was."

Tony Wolski and Trevor Naud directed the "A Private Understanding" video, which features 78-year-old Detroit stand-up comic Marty Smith singing the song in a bar. Casey used to be a doorman at a Detroit comedy club Smith would perform at. The video was inspired by a trip Casey took to Ireland, where he saw an old man singing an Irish folk song in a pub and thought the man looked like an older version of himself.

Relatives in Descent Tracklist:

1. A Private Understanding
2. Here Is the Thing
3. My Children
4. Caitriona
5. The Chuckler
6.Windsor Hum
7. Don't Go to Anacita
8. Up the Tower
9. Night-Blooming Cereus
10. Male Plague
11. Corpses In Regalia
12. Half Sister
 
Protomartyr Tour Dates:

Wed. Sep. 6 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Cattivo w/ Melkbelly
Thu-Sep. 7 - Baltimore, MD @ Metro Gallery w/ Melkbelly
Thu. Sep 7 - Sun. Sep. 10 - Raleigh, NC @ Hopscotch Festival
Sat. Sep. 9 - Asheville, NC @ Mothlight w/ Melkbelly
Sun. Sep. 10 - Cincinnati, OH @ Northside Yacht Club w/ Melkbelly
Thu. Sep. 14 - Cambridge, MA @ Middle East Downstairs w/ John Maus
Fri. Sep. 15 - Jersey City, NJ @ Monty Hall
Sat. Sep. 16 - Hudson, NY @ Basilica Soundscape
Sun. Sep. 17 - Cleveland, OH @ Mahall's w/ John Maus
Sat. Sep. 30 - Long Beach, CA @ Music Tastes Good
Sun. Oct. 8 - Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall
Mon. Oct. 9 - Minneapolis, MN @ Turf Club
Thu. Oct. 12  - Seattle, WA @ Chop Suey
Fri. Oct. 13 - Portland, OR @ Doug Fir
Sat. Oct. 14 - Eugene, OR @ Hi Fi Music Hall
Sun. Oct. 15 - San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall
Tue. Oct. 17 - Phoenix, AZ @ Rebel Lounge
Thu. Oct. 19 - San Antonio, TX @ Paper Tiger w/ Flasher
Fri. Oct. 20 - Austin, TX @ Barracuda, TX w/ Flasher
Sat. Oct. 21 - Dallas, TX @ Dada w/ Flasher
Sun. Oct. 22 - Houston, TX @ Secret Group w/ Flasher
Tue. Oct. 24 - Atlanta, GA @ the Earl w/ Flasher
Wed. Oct. 25 - Charlotte, NC @ Neighborhood Theatre w/ Flasher
Thu. Oct. 26 - Washington, DC @ Rock n Roll Hotel w/ Flasher
Fri. Oct. 27 - Philadelphia, PA @ Boot & Saddle w/ Flasher
Sat. Oct. 28 - Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg w/ Flasher
Thu. Nov. 2 - Prague, CZ @ Futurum w/ METZ
Fri. Nov. 3 - Wroclaw, PL @ Klub Firlej w/ METZ
Sat. Nov. 4 - Warsaw, PL @ Klub Hydrozagadka w/ METZ
Mon. Nov. 6 - Berlin, DE @ Bi Nuu w/ METZ
Tue. Nov. 7 - Copenhagen, DK @ Loppen w/ METZ
Wed. Nov. 8 - Hamburg, DE @ Knust w/ METZ
Thu. Nov. 9 - Groningen, NL @ Vera
Fri. Nov. 10 - Utrecht, NL @ Le Guess Who?
Sat. Nov. 11 - Rotterdam, NL @ Rotown
Sun. Nov. 12 - Brighton, UK @ The Haunt w/ Sauna Youth
Tue. Nov. 14 - London, UK @ Dome Tufnell Park w/ Sauna Youth
Wed. Nov. 15 - Manchester, UK @ Deaf Institute w/ Sauna Youth
Thu. Nov. 16 - Newcastle, UK @ The Cluny w/ Sauna Youth
Fri. Nov. 17 - Glasgow, UK @ CCA w/ Sauna Youth
Sat. Nov. 18 - Dublin, IE @ Whelan's w/ Sauna Youth
Sun. Nov. 19 - Leeds, UK @ Brudenell Social Club w/ Sauna Youth
Tue. Nov. 21 - Brussels, BE @ Rotonde
Wed. Nov. 22 - Tourcoing, FR @ Le Grand Mix
Thu. Nov. 23 - Nantes, FR @ Pole Etudiant
Fri. Nov. 24 - Angouleme, FR @ La Nef
Sat. Nov. 25 - Paris, FR @ La Maroquinerie

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