Protomartyr - Consolation
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Based on 10 reviews
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Based on 117 ratings
2018 Ratings: #510
June 15, 2018 / Release Date
EP / Format
Domino / Label
Post-Punk, Art Punk / Genres
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There’s still barely any light allowed in, but Protomartyr’s prowess at channeling darkness into something cathartic has never been stronger.

Drowned in Sound

Consolation may only be four tracks clocking in around 15 minutes, but it remains just as impactful as any of their long-players.

The Line of Best Fit

It may lack tsome of the hooks and the directness of Protomartyr’s full-lengths, but Consolation EP is a record that highlights a slightly different side to the group.


Not only do these elements assuredly set Consolation E.P. apart from Protomartyr's other work, they also make this four-song release one of 2018's most unique offerings.

The Skinny

Protomartyr's high standard continues on Consolation E.P. proving the Detroit band still have plenty of gas left in the tank following 2017's Relatives in Descent.

Under The Radar

As ever, Protomartyr deliver absolutely unmissable, essential music for and from the darkest of hearts.


Protomartyr has yet to let us down, and Consolation assures that they aren't going to anytime soon.


The four-song EP from the Michigan post-punk band features Kelley Deal of the Breeders and some of the most pointed and impactful songwriting of their career.

Northern Transmissions

For their new record ... the band decides to give a sparing offering of their raw punk energy, and atypical writing. Though this can offer a lot of brutal and raw energy, the album’s inconsistent moments will ultimately prove divisive more than anything.


There are not a lot of bands who do what Protomartyr does, and even if there were, the skill and fury of their music would still set them apart, and Consolation is a brief but potent reminder that they're a force to be reckoned with.

Never realized Elmore Leonard was the drummers grandfather.

The first two songs are Protomartyr doing what they do, and doing it better than their peers. The b side songs are just gorgeous furiousity, and show the continuous growth of this band. I overlooked this when it came out, but I've been hitting it hard lately. Joe Casey is a lyrical genius, but we knew that already.

I am pretty confident that Protomartyr's new one will end up being my aoty for 2020, I just need to hear it first.
The political lyrics are drowned out by noisy percussion. I was hoping for a more colorful and fast paced album similar to the band's previous album. A bit disappointing when I loved Relatives in Descent so much, but its still listenable.
I love this freaking band.
Certainly underrated in their catalogue, this EP strays from the catchy hooks and presents us with thought-provoking, political lyrics whilst maintaining their unique, thick sound
Con Consolation E.P. la band post-punk Protomartyr continua la propria ricerca, intrapresa con l’album precedente, della verità in un mondo sempre più oscuro, coinvolgendoci in una raffica intensa che vede la band fare leva nella voce dolce-amara di Kelley Deal dei The Breeders come ospite nelle ultime due tracce. All’interno del progetto si ergono grandi chitarre e bassi pesanti, ai quali si aggiungono occasionalmente nuovi elementi come gli strumenti orchestrali, ... read more
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Track List

  1. Wait
  2. Same Face in a Different Mirror
  3. Wheel of Fortune (feat. Kelley Deal)
  4. You Always Win (feat. Kelley Deal)
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Added on: May 2, 2018