ProtagonistProtagonist, lying hidden behind the plastic aesthetic and the mass of consumers in Boca Raton, FL, plays its own brand of melodic punk anthems. Led by desperate vocals, racing guitars and an unrelenting drum assault, they stick out like a festering sore in a city known more for its riches and beaches than music.
Protagonist takes punk rock and plays it at face value. For them it is an outlet to shout, sing and cry-out against everything that is wrong in the world. Before the onslaught of social networking sites that have facilitated the laziest and most undeserving bands to get a tour booked with the click of a mouse, Protagonist was jumpstarting its hometown scene with their hardworking DIY ethic. Always active, the band released demos and booked and promoted their own shows at VFW halls and skateparks all over Florida.
A steadfast attachment to the DIY ethos helped Protagonist build a fan base in Florida and abroad after beginning to actively tour in 2001. All this work would not go unnoticed. Legendary New York Hardcore label Blackout! Records (H20, Kill Your Idols, Sheer Terror) took notice and released the band's first full-length record entitled "Hope and Rage" in 2003.
Well received by critics, the band toured relentlessly on the album garnering more attention than ever. Protagonists next step would be to write, record and release their next effort "The Reasoning with Time" EP. The short 5 song record (featuring 3 originals and two covers) is over before you know it, but not before showcasing the band's growth both musically and lyrically. In 2008, Protagonist kept the nonstop touring assault in full-effect, even venturing as far as Japan to showcase its melodic hardcore punk to an extremely receptive Asian audience.
Recently, Protagonist finished its highly anticipated second full-length. Titled "The Chronicle," they recorded the album in their hometown before sending it to Jamie Woolford (The Stereo, Punchline, The AKAs) to mix it at Room Sound. Upon hearing the record Vinnie decided in a heartbeat that he wanted to put it out on Paper + Plastick.
Now on their junior album, Protagonist brings you "States" on Paper + Plastick Records. A five song EP full of catchy hooks and emotionally charged lyrics, they do it right yet again.
- June 21, 2011 Protagonist Tour Videos read more »
- June 16, 2011 Protagonist Test Press Giveaway! read more »
- June 1, 2011 Awesome Live Protagonist Footage! read more »
- May 17, 2011 New Protagonist EP "STATES" Now Available on ITUNES! read more »
- May 11, 2011 A New Protagonist Song? Yes! read more »
- April 19, 2011 NEW Protagonist Song Streaming On Dying Scene! read more »
- March 29, 2011 PROTAGONIST April tour dates read more »
- January 3, 2011 Protagonist Fest 9 Webisode read more »
- October 16, 2010 Protagonist Premier "IAMTHEGHOST" Music Video on BlankTV read more »
- September 20, 2010 Protagonist -The Making of "IAMTHEGHOST" Video read more »