PROTO IDIOT ANNOUNCE UK TOUR DATES / NEW ALBUM ‘LEISURE OPPORTUNITY’ OUT 3RD NOV
Welcome to the rock’n’roll manifestation of Eddie Murphy’s 1987 “Raw” concert. If you haven’t seen it or listened to it lately, it’s a remarkable, rapid-fire onslaught of hilarity that rages with new ideas and jokes that you hadn’t heard before at every turn, and Eddie never misses a beat.
Enter “Leisure Opportunity” by PROTO IDIOT – né Andrew Anderson, also of Manchester’s THE HIPSHAKES, and his pals Callum Darley (drums) and Michael Seal (bass). “If you like that, then you’ll love this” is the maniacal chant on “I’m An Artist.” Hear it enough and you’ll believe it!
The Eddie Murphy parallels shouldn’t be too much of a stretch, but if it seems a bit obtuse, think Ray Davies with Attention Deficit Disorder. Better?
Either way, “Leisure Opportunity” is no comedy album, per se, but it’s riddled with humor on both the musical and lyrical fronts. Try not to guffaw at a line that tells you what you’re listening to: “DRUMS! BASS! VOCALS! GUITAR!” on “Yes Yes Yes Yes,” but the unintentional appropriation of Gloria Estefan’s “Turn The Beat Around” chord progression on “Angry Vision” deserves a “HEE-HAW!” at the very least, to say nothing of Anderson’s first person narrative on the “Theme” when he declares “I can’t even play guitar.”
Spoiler: he can indeed play guitar, and the orchestra is also proficient on DRUMS! BASS! VOCALS! (debatable) respectively, with composition / production duties that can cream virtually anyone making kid’s music today.
Proto Idiot will head out on tour next month for a run of shows:
2nd November – Sheffield, Delicious Clam
3rd November – Durham, Empty Shop
4th November – Bristol, Hydra Books
16th November – Worcester, Heroes
18th November – Manchester, Dulcimer
Listen to ‘Theme’ – https://soundcloud.com/slovenly/proto-idiot-leisure-opportunity-lp-01-theme
Listen to ‘What’s My Purpose’ – https://slovenly.bandcamp.com/track/what-is-my-purpose
Released worldwide by Slovenly Recordings, in collaboration with Bad Paintings for the UK on 3rd November.
‘a brilliant, stupid, stomping garage rock three piece’ – Noisey
‘catchy-as-anything garage rock with good-natured humour’ – Dork Magazine
‘Proto Idiot make sneering, shambolic, distinctly Brit-variety garage rock that’s like a sonic two-finger-salute in everyone’s direction’ – Brooklyn Vegan