Punk N’ Disorderly
Low expectations and high volume, Protomartyr isn’t ‘punk by numbers’
Published: January 16, 2013
Not to worry, boys. As Chazz Darvey says in Airheads, “Do you know what it’s like to be on the bill and to play for 15 minutes and the only people there to see you are the other bands and their girlfriends? I am rock ’n’ roll!” (If you’re counting, that’s the second movie quote of the feature.) Bands are supposed to go through these things, and there are always little bright moments to make it worth it. “We got an email from a guy in Belarus saying that he really liked the album,” Casey says. “You always worry that the music scene is littered with the bodies of bands that played the local bar and you find in the CD dollar bin. That’s probably going to happen to us eventually. For right now, [it’s great] to know that there are people on the other side of the world listening and not hating it.”
Perhaps wisely, Casey’s goals for his band are modest. “What you do is you have low expectations and then you’re constantly surprised,” he says. “For me, when Tyvek were nice enough to let me tag along when they toured Europe, I thought it was the greatest. I wanted to start a band to have a reason to travel, a reason to sit in bars and drink in different places. So more touring, and more records.
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