Just as it's hard to believe Jason Williamson's claim that he never heard the Fall before forming Sleaford Mods, it's all but impossible to imagine TV Priest could have existed without Protomartyr creating the template. Thick walls of guitar-based throb? A pounding rhythm section making a serious wallop? A vocalist who talks rather than sings as he bellows what sounds like blank verse poetry about the sorry state of our culture? All these qualities are present and accounted for on 2021's Uppers, the first album from London quartet TV Priest, and vocalist Charlie Drinkwater even sounds a bit like Joe Casey to make the effect complete. It's ridiculously easy to identify TV Priest's greatest influence, but if they lifted the big idea from someone else, to their credit they're good enough at what they're doing that you're not likely to mind, even if you're on Team Protomartyr.
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