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8PM - Show
Formed in 1978, Protex were early pioneers of the Belfast Punk Movement.
Signed to the now legendary Good Vibrations label, their debut release Don’t Ring Me Up received excellent reviews and enjoyed widespread airplay on Radio 1. They quickly came to the attention of Rough Trade Records, who re-released the track to wide acclaim. This in turn led to the band signing for Polydor Records, who released the single I Can’t Cope, followed by I Can Only Dream.
1979 saw the band take to the road with the Boomtown Rats before embarking on two extensive tours of their own throughout the US and Canada in the early ‘80s.
An album was recorded with legendary producer Chas Chandler, (Hendrix, The Animals, Slade), however, the band weren’t happy with the result and after a final release, A Place in Your Heart, the band and label parted ways, Protex splitting soon after.
Fast Forward to 2010, when New York’s Sing Sing Records located the Polydor recordings and released the album Strange Obsessions on vinyl, igniting renewed interest in the band.
Founders Aidan Murtagh and Dave McMaster reformed the band and shows followed across Europe and Japan, before the band were invited to make what became the first of many appearances at Austin’s SXSW festival.
In 2017 Protex released the album Tightrope on Bachelor Records and continued to tour across the US and Europe until the pandemic 2020. With the enforced break from touring the band concentrated on studio work, releasing the album Wicked Ways in 2022.
In 2023 the band returned to Europe and in September the embarked on another tour of the US, beginning with a sold-out show in New York.
Protex finish the year with two gigs in Italy and in March ’24 they return to the US before embarking on a European tour later in the year.
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