BY JAMIE ROBASH
Detroit-reared post-punk quartet Protomartyr began their career in ’08 as a two-piece locomotive with guitarist Greg Ahee and drummer Alex Leonard in tow, performing under the less enigmatic moniker Butt Babies. Joe Casey soon joined the brood on vocals, as did fellow Detroit rocker/Tyvek frontman Kevin Boyer. After Boyer left to focus on Tyvek, bassist Scott Davidson came on and Protomartyr was born. Over their increasingly brilliant three-album oeuvre — No Passion All Technique, Under Color of Official Right, and The Agent Intellect — Protomartyr have gradually and gorgeously whittled away the stale confines of the aging post-punk genre to make your older brother’s music cool again.