Much like longtime British post-punks The Fall, Detroit’s Protomartyr makes an often sinister breed of rock music that entwines creative guitar work with an aggressive punch and half-spoken vocals. On their brand-new Under Color of Official Right, Protomartyr plows through sturdy bass lines and bursts of jagged, punky guitar licks as frontman Joe Casey opines about “adults dressed as children” and “do-nothing know-it-alls.” “If it’s violent, good,” Casey croons on “Violent.” “ ’Cuz if it’s violent, it’s understood.” Official Right is mostly melodious, brooding midtempo post-punk (as with “Trust Me Billy”), and occasionally menacing, full-bore punk rock (as with “Son of Dis”), but it’s always pretty good. And speaking of The Fall, Jeffrey Novak of local faves Cheap Time has caught more than one comparison to Fall frontman Mark E. Smith. That’s pretty high praise in our book, but don’t get it twisted: Both Protomartyr and Cheap Time do more than just tap those punk-rock touchstones. Whatever Brains will also perform.
Tonight's show at The Stone Fox costs $7 and starts at 9 p.m. Above you can see a clip from the Ann Arbor, Mich., installment of The AV Club's "Pioneering" performance series, which features Protomartyr. Head over to The AV Club to see Protomartyr's full performance of the classic Stooges tune "Down on the Street," and stay tuned for Those Darlins' "Pioneering" session, which is scheduled to drop May 5.