Yorkshire melody makers Protectors return, reinvigorated, fully charged, and bursting at the seams with a hook laden indie rock monster of an lp.
Out December 8th on Bombed Out records (UK) / Fixing a Hole (Japan)
Via a flurry of releases (debut 10 track lp Can't Shake The Moves, a 12" EP The Stem and Leaf and single Hard Times on Wakefield's Philophobia Music label), Protectors have evolved slowly but surely from a jangly 90's guitar pop 3-piece to a 5-piece juggernaut of melodic and harmonious full-on indie rock, garnering them comparisons to the likes of Jimmy Eat World, Guided by Voices and Superchunk.
Where initial releases were full of songs about kicking about their cobbled West Yorkshire streets Soul and Fire..., produced by Matt Peel (Eagulls, Pulled Apart by Horses), sees Protectors expand the standard indie rock template to weave innovative songwriting together with gorgeous harmonies, deft piano touches and rocking guitar riffs. Soul and Fire... is an incredibly deliberate, mature and emotional affair, and all 9 tracks are full of hooks and earworms.
SOUL AND FIRE IS ALL WE EVER NEED WILL BE OUT ON 8th DECEMBER 2014 ON CD & DIGITAL DOWNLOAD, AND LIMITED EDITION PALE GREEN VINYL
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"Someone once tried to convince me that DIY music meant lo-fi music that lacked substance and suffered from poor production and lack of real talent. This of course is absolute rubbish, especially when confronted by such gems as the latest release from Yorkshire DIY outfit Protectors.
‘Soul And Fire (Is All We Ever Need)’ sees the band grow, not just from a three to a five piece, but also in maturity of sound and lyrical depth. Right from opening track ‘Old Microscopes’ you are in no doubt where we are going with this. Quality indie-pop music, that is at once familiar, whilst also been refreshingly new. It’s an easy album to fall in love with, an album that has the beauty of having 9 tracks that work really well as a complete long player but are equally as capable of standing tall on their own. Tracks like ‘No Satellites’…
It’s hard to pick a stand out track, as they are all equally as palatable as each other, so let’s pick ‘Four Sevens’. Jangly upbeat indie guitar, easy sing along lyrics. It’s a great track and bound to be a dance about favourite for the live set. But the same could be said of ‘Uniform’, maybe it has a bit more depth and is slightly more punk than pop, but again it’s another track that begs the live stage. And so it goes for the remainder of the album. It’s hard to say anything bad about anything contained within ‘Soul And Fire’. Take the track ‘South Carolina’ for instance. An absolutely storming intro leads into great guitar hooks, beautiful harmonious vocals that combine to provide you with a definite earworm, that you’ll find bouncing around inside your skull. You could argue it ends a bit too abruptly, that’s only because you’re craving for another taste of that opening riff.
Protectors have shared stages with the likes of The Wedding Present and The Cribs, and quite rightly so. Chris and co have pulled of a great album that sits comfortably near the top of the indie pile, alongside their heroes and influences. It also goes to prove that DIY music is far from inferior, but we knew that already – right?
‘Soul And Fire (Is All We Ever Need)’ is out Monday 8th December on Bombed Out Records – buy it! In fact act now and see if you can secure a copy on limited edition green vinyl."
Chris Charlton – guitars and lead vocals
Oliver Wood – bass
David Allen – drums
Kerry Ramsay – vocals
Mark Silcock – piano, organ and vocals
released December 8, 2014
Thanks to: Julia, Jimmy and Elwood, Laura and Annabelle, Ruth, Stewart, Tara, Kei Dohdoh-Fixing a Hole Records, Steve Jackson-Bombed Out Records, Mike Harrison, Joe Maples, Mark Hubbard and Old Chapel Studios, Andy Briggs, Tim Bradley, Alvin Ryan, Rob Dee Stokes, Dean Freeman, Chris Morse, Jamie and Lee at Greenmount Studios, Simon Russell, Big Frank, family and friends...
All songs written by Chris Charlton
All songs © Protectors 2015, all rights reserved
Produced and mastered by Matt Peel at Cottage Road Studios,
Leeds, Autumn 2014
Design by Mike Harrison
Photography by Joe Maples