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April 8, 2014 at 9:00 AM

The post-punk pessimism of Protomartyr | New recordings

ProtomartyrProtomartyr, ‘Under Color of Official Right’ (Hardly Art)

Protomartyr hails from Detroit, but its music is a far cry from the garage rock, soul and techno traditions of its once-thriving hometown.

“Under Color of Official Right,” out Tuesday, is the foursome’s first LP for Sub Pop offshoot Hardly Art, and second since forming three years ago. The title refers to extortion by public officials, and along with tracks like “Violence,” “Bad Advice” and “Scum, Rise!”, this is a bleak urban landscape.

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