The Protomen – the 8-piece, Nashville-based band WIRED has described as "unmitigated awesomeness" and whose live act Nashville Scene has called "a fully realized arena-ready rock opera" – takes its show on the road in May for an east-west sprint christened the Light Up the Night Tour.
Select cities will receive not only a live performance by The Protomen but also a screening of the band's new short film Light Up the Night, starring James Ransone (The Wire, Oldboy, Ken Park). Check out the film here: http://www.protomen.com/
According to the filmmakers, "Light Up the Night is set in an Orwellian, futuristic 1980s. The story tells of the tensions flaring between rebellious citizens and robotic law enforcement. We are introduced to two dissidents as they take aim at the city's looming, panoptic control tower, while local band The Protomen take the stage amidst the action, inciting unrest as they narrate the struggle."
As The Protomen gear up for the Light Up the Night Tour, the band shared some favorite road stories in this exclusive interview for Clrvynt this week: http://clrvynt.com/the-protomen-tour-is-hell/
18 - Nashville, TN @ Belcourt Theatre ∆
20 - Orlando, FL @ Enzian Theatre (matinee) †
20 - Orlando, FL @ The Abbey (night) *
25 - New Orleans, LA @ Southport Music Hall *
26 - Austin, TX @ Grizzly Hall *
27 - Austin, TX @ Alamo Drafthouse (matinee) †
30 - Los Angeles, CA @ Echoplex ∆
2 - Las Vegas, NV @ Vinyl Hard Rock *
4 - Denver, CO @ Oriental Theatre ∆
5 - Kansas City, MO @ Riot Room *
† = Light Up the Night film screening
* = The Protomen live show
∆ = film and live show in one
Since forming over a decade ago in Nashville, The Protomen have been a favorite at festivals like Bonnaroo, SXSW, Warped Tour, Bamboozle, CMJ, and Comic Con, and have been handpicked by Tenacious D to open for them on more than one occasion.
The octet delivers epic songs possessing all the driving fury of the most bombastic hard rock hits of the '80s, and all the theatricality of the most over-the-top '70s prog. Queen, Bowie, Genesis, Styx, Springsteen, Journey, and Scorpions are some reference points for the uninitiated.
The Protomen's storyline begins with 2005's debut album, Act I: Hope Rides Alone, a post-apocalyptic tale of a dystopian world, followed by 2009's Act II: The Father of Death, a prequel, produced by Alan Shacklock (Meatloaf, Roger Daltrey). Third full-length, Act III, is currently still in the works.
Photo of The Protomen by Jason Myers & Caspar Newbolt