Protomartyr can finally answer what is probably their most frequently asked question: ‚ÄúWhen are you going to reissue your first album?‚Äù No Passion All Technique has long been something of a mystery. Not available on streaming services; long out of print (and going for ridiculous prices on auction sites), why was this album so elusive?
When Protomartyr - vocalist Joe Casey, guitarist Greg Ahee, bassist Scott Davidson, drummer Alex Leonard - stepped into a studio together for the first time, in November of 2011, they didn‚Äôt know they were about to record an album. With only four hours of studio time booked and one case of beer between them, their plan was to walk out with enough songs for a seven-inch single. Instead, at the suggestion of engineer Chris Koltay, the newly formed Detroit outfit recorded as much as they possibly could, in what little time they had.
Sold out and out of print shortly after its original release on Urinal Cake Records in October 2012, No Passion All Technique is a sometimes-messy look at one of rock‚Äôs most magnetic bands - and lyricists - just as they were coming to life. Primal, cerebral, heartbreaking, funny - it‚Äôs an accidental tour de force that‚Äôs also become an unlikely collector‚Äôs item. ‚ÄúMy memory is shot,‚Äù Casey says, ‚Äúbut I appreciate now, looking back, how raw and off-the-cuff it was. There‚Äôs tons of mistakes in it and that wasn‚Äôt because we planned on it. We still can‚Äôt really admit that it‚Äôs as good as it is. You never want to say that your first is the best, but I‚Äôm happy that the first ended up not being terrible. It gave us doorway to what we‚Äôd want to do later.‚Äù
LP+ - Heavyweight Blue Vinyl with ‚Äòzine‚Äô Magazine and Download with Four Bonus Tracks