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Protomartyr to release new EP with Kelley Deal

By | Published on Friday 4 May 2018


Protomartyr have announced that they will release a new EP, ‘Consolation’, on 15 Jun. Ahead of that – and more than just a consolation – they’ve released new single ‘Wheel Of Fortune’, featuring The Breeders’ Kelley Deal.

The band previously crossed paths with Deal when they recorded and released a split single with her other project, R Ring, in 2015. The other half of that duo, Mike Montgomery, joins Deal in producing this new EP, and she contributes vocals to two of its tracks.

“Making 2015’s split single ‘A Half Of Seven’ with R Ring was one of our favourite recording experiences”, says Protomartyr’s Joe Casey. “So the decision to head down to Dayton, Kentucky and spend a weekend in May recording the four songs that became the ‘Consolation’ EP was an easy one”.

Deal adds of her experience working with the band: “For Mike and I, working on this EP with Protomartyr was a re-kindling of the tender spark that was struck upon our first encounter with them years ago in Texas. They were graciously tolerant and receptive to my production ideas on the songs and the project quickly grew beyond our private orb. We have cello from Lori Goldston, viola from Jocelyn Hach and even bass clarinet from Evan Ziporyn, and I do some singing with Joe”.

“There’s a lot of trust involved when an artist places their songs in your hands, and we were very mindful of that while intentionally trying to take the songs in new directions”, she continues. “Candyland in Dayton, KY is home-base for R Ring recording, and it’s close enough that the Proto-men could make it down to lay the tracks down”

Noting that the two outfits’ last collaboration saw them appearing on flip sides of the same record, following this project, Deal concluded: “We’re ready to flip the tables and have them produce and record some of our songs!”

Protomartyr begin a UK tour in Bristol tonight, finishing up at the Scala in London next Thursday. Right now, you can watch the video for ‘Wheel Of Fortune’ here: