The Protomen

True Endeavors presents:

The Protomen

Sparklefuck, I Am Dragon

Wednesday, April 10th 2013

8:00 pm

This event is 18 and over

The Protomen
The Protomen
The Protomen are more than just a band. They are messengers, riding atop an Iron Stallion on their way to deliver the most vicious rock 'n' roll fable that the world has ever known. With several planned albums, and a live show that could crumble mountains, there's no denying The Protomen have created a work unique to its medium -

The first record, 'Act I', includes elements of Ennio Morricone, Queen and Black Sabbath, that culminate in a listening experience unlike anything you've ever heard. If you're afraid of sky cracking distortion and epic chaos, you won't survive this album.

Act II is a departure from the signature distorted sound of the first record. It focuses on a time before the world had fallen under darkness. It is a brighter and more optimistic look at the world The Protomen have created. The album is split into two separate eras (and sounds), and gives the feeling of two distinct albums in one. Act II was produced by Alan Shacklock (Meatloaf, The Alarm, Bonnie Tyler, Babe Ruth, Roger Daltry) and The Protomen. Mastering was provided by Richard Dodd (Tom Petty, Jeff Lynne, Roy Orbison, George Harrison, Traveling Wilburys).

Since their performance at Bonnaroo '09, The Protomen have been touring in support of their newest album. They conquered their SXSW and CMJ showcases in 2010. They've also performed at Bamboozle, PAX, Free Press Summer Fest, and several other well-attended events. Currently they are working on new material to be released early 2012, and there are several tours planned for the next year all over the world.

Yes, with their very own brand of robot rock, The Protomen are ready to fight.
We make happy music about murder....and sometimes elephants....but mostly murder.
I Am Dragon
I Am Dragon
Inspired by rock legends such as the MC5, the Sonics and Thin Lizzy, there is no doubt Madison’s I am Dragon came to get you out of your seat and engaged. If hook-laden guitars, ripping keyboard lines, vocal harmonies and an urge to move don’t do it for you their stage presence surely will.

Upon returning to his home town of Madison, Wisconsin after living on the West coast for two years Jon Stover [Echoes of Empire, Grandstand] knew he wanted to start a new rock group. With influences ranging from classic rock and blues to more modern but timeless punk sounds he crafted a small batch of songs and began rehearsing with his reunited friend (and previous Joshua Circle band mate), drummer Andy Christoffersen [I Voted for Kodos] in the fall of 2010.

The two practiced for a few weeks and then decided it was time to begin the hunt for potential band mates. Enter Brian Koderl. Stover and Koderl had known each other in high school but had lived in different cities since then and had previously not played music together. Jon and Andy presented Brian with their selection of songs and Brian was hooked. The three began rehearsing where Andy lived, writing new material and sculpting their sound. It was not long until the trio sought another tone to add to their arsenal.

The three were aware of pianist/vocalist Luke Crary [A Gnarly Swell, Future Robotz]; a performer capable of adding the sounds they were seeking. Jon personally had witnessed his harmonic skill during high school in addition to being room mates at their freshman year of college. Luke was invited to join the sonic exploration and he accepted this invitation with a quick hand and an even quicker ear for melody. It was during this time that the four moved rehearsals over to Rex’s Rock Ranch (an undisclosed East side studio run by the official IaD roadies/engineers/pyro-techs, Ross and Rex).

The group played with two other bassists over the course of a year but eventually came to need a permanent low end-ist to round out their audio onslaught. Jon reached out to the infamous Dusty Lustful [Bears Climb Mountains]; a seasoned musician from Eau Claire, Wisconsin. I am Dragon had played shows with his previous project and Dustin soon provided the thumping bass lines necessary to get the people moving.
Venue Information:
High Noon Saloon
701A E. Washington Ave
Madison, WI, 53703