With the aesthetic of metal and the decadent appeal of the finest synth-pop the ‘80s had to offer, Tennessee natives The Protomen—conceived as an homage to the strangely poignant video game Mega Man—are 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 bell—a resounding death knell for all things not epic. The song, off The Protomen’s 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 album’s B-side is a bold take on Robert Tepper’s 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

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