The Protomen have some passionate fans. Sometimes that passion borders on, um, other things (slavish devotion in some cases, utter hysteria in others). Some Proto-fans were not fond of the way they (not that all Protomen fans are the same, mind you) were represented in a couple of posts here on the Cream. First, they didn't like The Spin's description of the "nerd-herd," then they didn't like Tracy's characterization of certain fans who pined for the attentions of certain cellists with hair.
But who better to speak of their Proto-typical fan than the man the myth the legend himself, Raul Panther? Rock Sellout caught up with the saber-voiced frontman, and he characterizes the band's fans as both wonderful and nutso, not necessarily in that order:
You have some very loyal fans that travel many miles to see you perform. These seem to be the foot solders of the Protomen. What doe you use for recruitment methods and qualifications?
If you're insinuating that we use our fans to steal countless wallets and skateboards and color tvs and sony walkmans... and piling them up in a warehouse for no apparent reason....then yes. Our fans are nuts. Grade A nuts. Never in my life have I seen such devotion to a cause. They drive. They fly. They hitchhike (which we don't necessarily condone). They make their own battle armor. They build us arm cannons. They design and print posters. They're amazing. There's no way we would've made it to Act II without them. There's not really a recruitment method, or qualifications. Although for years, Commander would screen kid's myspace pages and make sure they didn't openly admit to listening to Nickelback. If they did, he'd send them a very polite email explaining how there was no room in this world for people who liked Nickelback and The Protomen at the same time...he'd let them make the choice. Sometimes they chose wisely. Sometimes they chose poorly.