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Protokoll

Protokoll [EP]

(Iheartcomix; US: 24 Oct 2006; UK: Available as import)

Boston-based rock quartet Protokoll is yet another partaker in the ongoing ‘80s renaissance, a competent if uninspired bullet of detached Interpol strut with a caffeinated prog jolt.  Like other full-grown children of the ‘80s, Protokoll balances its New Wave disaffectedness with technical sheen; its self-titled EP is marked by upbeat-favoring disco drums, guitars that shine like sunlight off metal, synths that are neither ironic nor cheesy, and a deep-voiced singer who drops ice cubes into the whole unyielding concoction.  The first two tracks, “Moving Forward” and “Holy Divine”, may be arresting facelifts of a familiar sound, but as Protokoll churns on, the waves of emotional estrangement are all a little too crushing to overcome.

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Zeth Lundy has been writing for PopMatters since 2004. He is the author of Songs in the Key of Life (Continuum, 2007), and has contributed to the Boston Phoenix, Metro Boston, and The Oxford American. He lives in Boston.


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