92 protons is a three-piece post-punk band that is bursting at the seams with a slicing and explosive sound reminiscent of early SST recordings. This band has flown under the radar in Boston, but as more people listen in and see them live that will soon change. They are just too good to go unnoticed. If you love driving angular blasts of original rock music that relies heavily on band interplay then 92 Protons is a band you need to check out.
Q&A w/ Matt bassist of 92 Protons
Q: How did 92 Protons form? what other musical projects were the band members involved in before hand?
A: Lacey was in the Spanish Knives before 92 Protons, which was much more surf-rock oriented. TJ’s been in a bunch of bands, like Anti Escape Orb and Screen Test. Lacey and I started writing songs together in Fall/Winter of 2006. At the time, I was in a band that I won’t mention the name of because it was pretty terrible. A few months later, I had quit that band, and Lacey asked TJ to come try and drum with us. He was basically the only person who understood what we were writing, so it made sense for him to join up. We’ve been inseparable ever since.
Q: Anyone with a copy of the Periodic Table can see that the element possessing 92 protons in uranium. What is the connection between the music you make and this infamous element?
A: If you spin us around really fast we become the core of a nuclear explosion of rock. And, America is actively trying to ban other countries from importing us.
Q: What is the most flattering/sickening musician/band comparisons you have received from fans, friends, family, press etc…?
A: One of most flattering things said was that we have an At the Drive-In like sound. That is A-OK by me, though we do try to do things as original as possible. I’ve never heard a comparison that made me cringe, thankfully. People don’t seem to make a lot of comparisons, though, which is pretty cool.
Q: Aside from the instruments you play in the band some of the responsibilities listed on your myspace page include orange line, chemistry Terrorence, and self-proclaimed Disneyland expert. Explain.
A: Those are about as factual as can be. I’m an organic chemist by training and trade. I make drugs, but you can’t have any. TJ really is a Disneyland expert, he owns a piece of the original Matterhorn. Lacey, she knows the orange line better than anyone I’ve ever met. Really. We don’t beat around the bush in 92 Protons. Please come to our shows and yell challenging trivia questions about our respective topics.
Q: If you could play a show in Boston with 3 other local bands who would they be and at what Boston venue would you play?
A: Well, first up would be Daniel Striped Tiger, their sound is amazing and they’re wicked cool people. Helms would definitely top the list as well. And, why the hell not, since we’re dreaming, Mission of Burma. Clint Conley once autographed my periodic table of the elements. I keep one in my wallet, yes I will show it to you.
Bonus “make these bands exist again” list:
Seriously though, limiting this one to three people is the worst, there are approximately infinity Boston bands we’d want to play with. Bank of America Pavilion, first 20 rows of seats removed, on a full moon, in the middle of a thunderstorm. There should be as many robots on stage and dancing in the crowd as possible. Get in touch if you can make this happen.
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