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Protomartyr - Formal Growth In The Desert

A pounding return from Detroit's Protomartyr. This band never fail to blow us away.
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Since their 2012 debut, Protomartyr have mastered the art of evoking place: the grinding Midwest humility of their hometown, as well as the x-rayed elucidation of America that comes with their vantage. The group’s sixth album was recorded at Sonic Ranch in Tornillo, TX with producer Jake Aron. “The desert is more of a metaphor or symbol,” singer Joe Casey says, “of emotional deserts, or a place or time that seems to lack life.”

The “growth” came from a period of colossal transition for Casey, including the death of his mother. But life does go on, and Casey describes the great theme of Formal Growth In The Desert as an embrace and acknowledgment of that fact: a 12-song testament to “getting on with life,” even when it feels impossibly hard.

An observational lyricism and muscular sense of tension and release lie at the centre of Protomartyr's music. The environmental and economic conditions of their hometown of Detroit are a frequent source of inspiration for vocalist Joe Casey - themes that are expanded and extended to create an atmosphere of universal reckoning, driven forward by the intensity with which his bandmates approach their instruments. The results are dynamic, urgent and contemporary. A series of recordings that are equally dense and rewarding.

Edition Info

• Available on exclusive Translucent Blue vinyl.
• Both vinyl formats include a 22”x22” poster and a 24-page "Your Lucky Numbers" zine.
• CD includes a printed inner sleeve and an 8-panel poster.


1. Make Way
2. For Tomorrow
3. Elimination Dances
4. Fun in Hi Skool
5. Let's Tip the Creator
6. Graft vs. Host
7. 3800 Tigers
8. Polacrilex Kid
9. Fulfillment Center
10. We Know the Rats
11. The Author
12. Rain Garden

Released 2nd June 2023

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Protomartyr - Formal Growth In The Desert

"Formal Growth In The Desert, must be their tenderest moment to date."
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