PROTEX: Tightrope: CD

May 23, 2017

For those not acquainted with ‘em, Protex were one of the first-wave punk bands outta Northern Ireland. Like contemporaries Rudi, The Undertones, and so on, theirs was a sound heavy with power pop and garage rock influences, with maybe a bit more of the latter manifesting in Protex’s sound. Thirty-nine years down the road and this sounds like it could’ve come out right after their debut single, “Don’t Ring Me Up”—maybe a smidge less raw in production, but the same laid-back vocal delivery, garage structures, and pop sensibilities are in full display. Fans of their old stuff and newer converts with more fluid preconceptions of “punk” will find much to their liking here. –Jimmy Alvarado (Bachelor,

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