Protomartyr Announce New Album, Share ‘Why Does It Shake?’, Tour Dates

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The Agent Intellect  Is Out October 9th Via Sub Pop Imprint Hardly Art.

Detroit post-punks Protomartyr, fresh from a collaboration with Kelley Deal of the Breeders, have announced the release of their third album The Agent Intellect, due for release October 9th via Sub Pop imprint Hardly Art. To celebrate they have streamed the first single from the album, ‘Why Does It Shake?’. The album title, The Agent Intellect, is derived from a concept that originated in ancient and medieval philosophy. The theory was first posited by Aristotle, and deals with how the mind operates in relation to itself. It’s an extremely apt title, considering Protomartyr’s frequent lyrical explorations of the self.

Singer Joe Casey (a good solid Irish name) had this to say about the first single, ‘Why Does It Shake?’, “That was something my mom said one day out of the blue. I think she was asking about the tremors in her hand. It seemed like a valid question that really didn’t have an easy answer.”

Pre-order the vinyl at Hardly Art.

Overblown caught Protomartyr live at The Lexington in London last year, and they were epic. Scroll to the bottom of the post to see where you can catch them performing this year.

The Agent Intellect album artwork:

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The Agent Intellect track listing:
1. The Devil in His Youth
2. Cowards Starve
3. I Forgive You
4. Boyce or Boice
5. Pontiac 87
6. Uncle Mother’s
7. Dope Cloud
8. The Hermit
9. Clandestine Time
10. Why Does It Shake?
11. Ellen
12. Feast of Stephen

Protomartyr Tour Dates:
Thu. July 16 – Indianapolis, IN @ Joyful Noise
Sat. July 18 – Chicago, IL @ Pitchfork Music Festival
Sat. July 18 – Chicago, IL @ Schubas (Official Pitchfork Aftershow)
Fri. July 24 – Seattle, WA @ Capitol Hill Block Party
Sun. Oct. 11 – Toronto, ON @ Horseshoe Tavern
Mon. Oct. 12 – Montreal, QC @ Bar Le Ritz PDT
Tue. Oct. 13 – Cambridge, MA @ Middle East Upstairs
Sun. Oct. 18 – Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda’s
Tue. Oct. 20 – Raleigh, NC @ King’s Barcade
Wed. Oct. 21 – Atlanta, GA @ The Earl
Thu. Oct. 22 – Nashville, TN @ Stone Fox
Fri. Oct. 23 – Bloomington, IN @ Blockhouse
Sat. Oct. 24 – Milwaukee, WI @ Cactus Club
Wed. Oct. 28 – Nantes, FR @ Soy Festival – Stereolux
Thu. Oct. 29 – Lille, FR @ La Peniche
Fri. Oct. 30 – Brighton, UK @ Green Door Store
Sat. Oct. 31 – Leeds, UK @ Brudenell Social Club
Sun. Nov. 1 – London, UK @ Scala
Tue. Nov. 3 – Bristol, UK @ The Fleece
Wed. Nov. 4 – Manchester, UK @ Sound Control
Thu. Nov. 5 – Glasgow, UK @ Stereo
Fri. Nov. 6 – Birmingham, UK @ The Rainbow Cellar
Sat. Nov. 7 – Cardiff, UK @ SWN Fest
Mon. Nov. 9 – Brussels, BE @ Botanique (Rotonde)
Tue. Nov. 10 – Wiesbaden, DE @ Schlachthof
Wed. Nov. 11 – Hamburg, DE @ Hafenklang
Thu. Nov. 12 – Copenhagen, DK @ Loppen
Fri. Nov. 13 – Aarhus, DK @ Radar
Sat. Nov. 14 – Berlin, DE @ Berghain Katine
Mon. Nov. 16 – Cologne, DE @ MTC
Tue. Nov. 17 – Strasbourg, FR @ Le Mudd Club
Wed. Nov. 18 – Paris, FR @ Point Ephemere
Thu. Nov. 19 – Rotterdam, NL @ Rotown
Fri. Nov. 20 – Utrecht, NL @ Le Guess Who? Festival
Sat. Nov. 21 – Kortrijk, BE @ Sonic City – De Kreun

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