With the aesthetic of metal and the decadent appeal of the finest synth-pop the 80s had to offer, Tennessee natives The Protomenconceived as an homage to the strangely poignant video game Mega Manare swiftly becoming a cult phenomenon. Shrouded in anonymity and immensely popular amongst laptop-toting, leet-speaking 20-somethings nationwide, The Protomen stage awe-inspiringly epic shows with a cast of nearly a dozen costumed, face-painted, shredding rock warriors. At 12th & Porter, The Protomen will debut Father of Death, a 7-inch single included with the price of admission. The single enters with the plinking notes of a music box and exits with the booming toll of a church bella resounding death knell for all things not epic. The song, off The Protomens forthcoming full-length, features triumphant call-and-response gang vocals and a solitary, brazen trumpet that could give even the most jaded music nerds goose bumps. The albums B-side is a bold take on Robert Teppers notorious song No Easy Way Out from the Rocky IV soundtrack. Indie-rock outfits Eureka Gold and Shoot the Mountain open.
Sat., Nov. 8, 9 p.m., 2008