Pioneering Ann Arbor: Protomartyr pays homage to The Stooges
If you look very carefully, you might be able to see Morgan and I drinking coffee in the shadows. (You can’t.) It was a good, brief set, and there was free lunch, and I got to chat for a minute with Ez Love.
There weren’t many people there, but there also wasn’t much notice for this thing. But it felt appropriate considering what we were all there to celebrate. The Stooges came from Ann Arbor, but they didn’t get a lot of love from Ann Arbor. Joe Casey and Kevin Boyer and a lot of great Detroit artists went to school here, but you don’t see a huge local outpour of support from Ann Arbor crowds at local Protomartyr and Tyvek shows. (Also: it was a weekday afternoon, so people had work and class.)
Then we went and picked up our wedding rings and the lady there was like, “How was your day?” I said, “Great, we just had a free lunch at a free concert.” And she was like, “Oh, neat, who performed?” And I said, “This great Detroit band Protomartyr.” She laughed nervously. Jewelry stores are the worst.