June Update

In case any of you missed the recent news, we teamed up with TWRP (Tupper Ware Remix Party) on their fancy new album, Together Through Timeto make a little ditty called “Phantom Racer” (apple music, spotify, and bandcamp). It’s a nice fist-pumper-of-a-jam about a murder car on the loose. It also features Game Grumps‘ own Arin Hanson as The Announcer. The rest of the album is pretty rad, too, so you should totally check it out… if you think you can handle it.

Annddd… they’re on tour right now, so be sure to check them out if they come to your town. Remember, they’re Canadian, so they only get let out of their cages every so often, so you better make it count!

In other news, we finally have most of our stuff available for purchase on Bandcamp (more to come soon – follow us on there for updates). So spread the word, if you’re into that sort of thing. Or don’t, whichever’s funnier.

GAMBLER’S HEART BENEFIT SHOW (not a benefit for Gambler’s heart)
The Gambler has taken it upon herself to do a full show of Heart jams in August to benefit YEAH (Southern Girls Rock Camp and Tennessee Teens Rock Camp). This is her flying solo, but she’ll have a band backing her up to the extreme. So if you like Heart (and who doesn’t?!) and you like Gambler (and who doesn’t?!) and you like supporting kids learning how to make rock and roll (and who doesn’t?!), you should totally make it out to the show and support the cause!  And if Heart and The Gambler aren’t enough for you, there’s gonna be two other bands there playing all ABBA and Talking Heads, too!!!! It doesn’t look like they’re doing advance tickets, so just show up and get in. Info below:

August 24th • The East Room • Nashville (+18 – 8pm – $10)

That’s all for now,


p.s. And yes, we’re still working on Act III, and we’re deeeeep.

Act II Viny/Pop-up Book and Blu-Ray Action

They’re finally here!!!!!! The Act II Vinyl/Popup Book and Light Up The Night Blu-Ray are currently shipping across the universe. We’re extremely sorry it’s taken so long to get these two out the door. We’ve never done a pop-up book or a Blu-ray before, so the learning curve/s and hangups were intense. Either way, they’re finally ready to go and we hope you’ll think they were worth the wait. We think they’re both pretty rad!

And if you haven’t grabbed them yet, don’t sit on it too long. We didn’t make a huge surplus, so they’ll probably be gone before you know it (and we’ve still got the suuuuper exciting combo packs on the Soundmachine Store).

As for other news? We’re just doing a whole lot of studioing. You know… making the goods (i.e. biscuits, donuts, bread, Act III, etc).

Don’t expect any shows this year because we’ve got a record to finish, but you should probably keep your eyes and ears peeled, just in case. As usual, watch your inboxes for these mailers and then all the things like InstagramFacebookTwitter, and the News page for any and all updates of any and all kinds.

That being said, we just got word from the boys and girls on the board that we’ve gotta up our Instagram numbers or we’re out on the street. So, get to following us and we swear we’ll try to post more interesting things on there to make you and our overly needy board-members happy.

I don’t really have a good salutation to go here, so…. Happy Tuesday?



This is just a quick update about the Black Friday-Cyborg Monday sales action we’re unleashing on the Sound Machine Store (just a heads up, there’s a second page of products in the store) this weekend. Everything is 20% off when you use this code at checkout*:  TWENTY2017

*Friday-Monday night – offer only valid in the Sound Machine Store.

We’ve reprinted a small number of the six Light Up The Night screen-print tour posters that we had on our last tour in support of the video/short film (NYC, Nashville, Orlando, Austin, Los Angeles, and Denver). They sold out pretty quick on the tour, so here’s your chance to catch them all, just like the Pokermen. Not only that, but we’re also offering a signed option, just in case you want us to ruin the beautiful DeLucca art with our signatures. And if you’re feeling extra froggy, you can buy the whole set in a combo where you essentially get one for free (and then you get the 20% off with the code, as well!exclamation point!exclamation point!exclamation point!!!).

Also, the Clear and Split Clear/Black A Night Of Queen records are running really low, so if you want one of those, you’d better act now. There’re only about 200 left.

Also also, we’ve ported mostly all of the In-Stock items over from the Light Up The Night store, so you can access the discount for those items, if you’re into that sort of thing.

That’s all for now,


September’s End Update

Sorry for the big break between mailers. We’ve been super busy busting some serious ass in the studio since we got back from that last run of shows in support of the Light Up video. Speaking of which, I’d like to thank everybody that made it out and participated in the Q&As, those were ridiculously fun, awkward, and amazing. Thanks again.

After the extremely long wait, the A Night Of Queen records are here (currently shipping), and they’re ferociously rad. The embossed cover is suuuuuuper classy, and the three different record color styles look beautiful (black, clear, and black/clear split).

Watch the fancy promo video above to see what it’s all about.

And if you’re swayed by the immensely effervescent promotional artistry at work in the video (ok, I know it wasn’t really effervescent, but that’s the adjective that popped in my mind while I was typing this, and I do what I want.), go to the store and pick something up.

If you’ve ordered Light Up The Night stuff, you should have gotten an update email somewhat recently, but if you can’t find your copy, know that major progress has been made on the superrad vinyl. It ran into multiple production delays due to its awesomeness, but it’s firmly on track now and coming along quickly.

Not only that, but all of the special features are finally done for the Light Up The Night bluray, so those are hitting production very soon, as well. We’re hideously sorry for all of the delays, and we can’t wait to get those to you as soon as possible. If it’s any consolation, the behind the scenes video is even longer than the video itself!

That’s the end of the updates for now, but we’ve got lots more coming, so stay tuned to whatever you like to tune the most.

This has to be the first time I’ve ever ended a mailer without listing at least one show, right? Super weird.


p.s… Can’t break the streak! I guess it’s a streak? Maybe it isn’t… I didn’t really check.  Either way, I’m gonna go ahead and list a few tours you should go check out:

  • Dennis DeYoung has a show in Manitowoc, WI tonight, and then a bevy of shows the rest of the year, so you should go on out and support the mess out of him and his crew.
  • Our new French friend, Pertubator, is on tour right now in the US, and you should go check him out if he comes near you. He played Nashville with Makeup And Vanity Set (who has some new albums, by the way) on Tuesday and it was a great night filled with joy, fun, happiness, and synth jam pentagrams. It did, however, lack Daft Punk.
  • Phil Collins has some shows in the UK in November and December, so you should probably go check that out if you live over there.
  • Local friends, Birdcloud and Thelma And The Sleaze, are both on tour right now (separately), so we implore you to go check them out (beware Birdcloud’s website if you’re terrified of butts).

Just A Quick May-ler

As most of you know, we’re getting ready for tour next week, so I’m gonna keep this brief.

Tickets are running low for pretty much all the shows, so if you’re trying to make it to one, go ahead and grab tickets below. We won’t be on the road again like this for a while, because we’re deep up in the studio right now working on… something suuuper secret (ok, it’s not really a secret… Act III), so be sure to come on out, because we want to see your smiling faces one last time before we go into our Dennehy protected cocoon.

And don’t forget that Orlando and Austin Proto rock shows/meet and greets are at different venues than the Film Screenings/Q&A action. Info and combo tickets are in the links below.

18th – Nashville, TN – The Belcourt Theater *ALL AGES* 
20th – Orlando, FL – Enzian Theater *ALL AGES* 
20th – Orlando, FL – The Abbey *18+* 
25th – New Orleans, LA – Southport Music Hall *18+* 
26th – Austin, TX – Come and Take It Live *ALL AGES* 
27th – Austin, TX – Alamo Drafthouse (South Lamar) *ALL AGES* 
30th – Los Angeles, CA – Echoplex *16+* 

2nd – Las Vegas, NV – Vinyl at Hard Rock *6+… ? Seiriously, 6 years old and up* 
4th – Denver, CO – The Oriental Theater *18+* 
5th – Kansas City, KS – Riot Room *21+* 

 Light Up Film Screening + Q&A + Meet & Greet
 regular-ass rock show
 all in one fury

And here are all of the new super rad and extremely limited edition screen printed show/screening posters, based off John Delucca’s artwork from the video, together. Catch them all.

See you soon,


April Updates

Big thanks to everyone that came to the NY show last month. We had an unbelievably fun time being back at Williamsburg Music Hall and it was surreal to watch the film from the back of the same room it was filmed in. It was like the crowd just melted into the crowd on the screen.

We had so much fun in NY that we’re gonna head across the country next month with the Light Up The Night video in tow and show it in a couple of our favorite cities before returning to our work in the studio. We’ll only be showing it in 5 cities (Nashville, Orlando, Austin, LA, and Denver), so road trips are encouraged. And just like NY, we’re hosting a fancy Meet/Greet/Q/A/Rock/Show-style soiree after the video. Some cities will be all-in-one video/show parties, while a couple (Orlando and Austin) will be split across two venues (and in Austin’s case, two days) of Proto-excitement to allow us to show the video in a couple of really rad theaters. Show info below and on the Tour Page.

AND… remember that super limited edition screen printed NY poster from the last mailer? Well, I couldn’t tell you at the time, but it was the first in a series of fancy posters for all the video screenings on this upcoming tour. Caspar (our designer and co-director of the film) has put together a different poster for Nashville, Orlando, Austin, Los Angeles, and Denver using different panels of the DeLucca comic art from the video, and they’re suuuper rad. We can’t wait to show you all of them, but in the mean time, here’s the latest one for the Nashville screening at Belcourt Theater. Can anyone collect them all?

And THEN, do you remember that time I said the Belcourt show would be the first time the video was shown in all it’s Surround Sound glory. Well… I got turned into a liar. Light Up The Night was chosen to be part of the Nashville Film Festival and will be shown twice in late April at Regal Hollywood 27 in Nashville. I’m not exactly sure how attendance works for these things, but if you can figure it out, just don’t spoil it for the rest of us. We’re all dying to know if things turn out okay for Joe and Tom in the surround sound version.

But if you can’t make it to those showings, don’t worry too much. We’ll see you at the big Belcourt show coming up on May 18th… and it “May” just be the greatest show to ever happen on the face of the Earth… or not, whichever’s funnier.

18th – Nashville, TN – The Belcourt Theater *ALL AGES* 
20th – Orlando, FL – Enzian Theater *ALL AGES*
20th – Orlando, FL – The Abbey *18+* 
25th – New Orleans, LA – Southport Music Hall *18+*
26th – Austin, TX – Come and Take It Live *ALL AGES*
27th – Austin, TX – Alamo Drafthouse (South Lamar) *ALL AGES*
30th – Los Angeles, CA – Echoplex *16+* 

2nd – Las Vegas, NV – Vinyl at Hard Rock *6+… ? Seiriously, 6 years old and up*
4th – Denver, CO – The Oriental Theater *18+* 
5th – Kansas City, KS – Riot Room *21+*

 Light Up Film Screening + Q&A + Meet & Greet
 regular ass rock show
all in one fury

That’s all for now,


February 2017 Part II: The Sequel

Check out the fresh new fancy 18″x 24″ screen printed poster for the NY Light Up The Night show/screening/Q&A/meet&greet extravaganza at the same venue where the video was shot all those 200 years ago. Big thanks to John DeLucca for being the most incredible artist we’ve ever known (we don’t personally know Syd Mead, so you get a pass there, DeLucca…). These are in crazy limited supply and exclusive to the NY show, so don’t miss out on one. And don’t miss out on tickets to the show, either, because they’re moving fast. Get tickets below.

08th – Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg (Video showing/Q&A/rock show/meet-n-greet) *18+

As I’m sure most of you already guessed from the last mailer, we ARE playing PAX on Friday night with Bit Brigade and Videri String Quartet. If you’re gonna be at PAX, you have no excuse not to be there (and no, being “tired” isn’t an excuse. That’s exactly what they invented PCP for *).

*note – please don’t take PCP.

10th – Boston, MA – PAX East (show day)
11th – Boston, MA – PAX East (hangout day/meet and greet action)
12th – Boston, MA – PAX East (hangout day)

For those of you who plan on hanging around Boston after PAX, and/or weren’t able to get PAX tickets before they sold out… don’t forget we’ve got that suuuper rad Post-PAX show at Royale on Monday, with us, Bit Brigade, MC Frontalot, and newly announced Powerglove! This one is gonna be intense.

13th – Boston, MA – Royale *18+

And you didn’t think we’d only give NY the fancy Light Up The Night screening treatment, did you? We’re doing the same thing at the Belcourt Theater in Nashville on May 18th. Not only will this be the first time it’s shown in an actual movie theater, but this will be the first time anyone besides us has heard the film in 5.1 Surround Sound, as well. And this is the first time we’ve had an all ages show in Nashville in FOREVER. It’s pretty fancy, so go ahead and get to thinking about going ahead and thinking about getting tickets right now!

18th – Nashville, TN – Belcourt Theater (Video showing/Q&A/rock show/meet-n-greet) *ALL AGES

And for everyone else (not really eevverryone, but you know what I mean), don’t worry, we’ve got a few more Light Up The Night events coming that are spread out across the US, and we’ll be announcing them soon.

In other news, if you’ve got the yearn for your very own Cover Up record, now’s the time, because they’re almost sold out. And who knows if/when we’ll press more. Dennis DeYoung of Styx said it was his favorite cover of Mr Roboto he’s ever heard (and I promptly shit my britches all over the place when I heard that). So you really don’t want to miss out on having something that prestigious in your record collection, do you? I already bought two copies just in case.

See some of you real soon, and spread the word.


February 2017

We’re heading up to NY and Boston next month, and we’re bringing the Light Up The Night video with us! We’re doing a one-night-only-in-NY Light Up The Night showing, Q&A (with directors, Matt Sundin and Caspar Newbolt, as well as several of us), rock show, and meet-n-greet at the same venue where we shot a lot of the video. Come relive the magic and memories!! Tickets are going fast, so move quick.

And several days after that we’re doing an After-PAX rock show blowout in Boston at Royale with our dearest of friends, MC Frontalot and Bit Brigade.

08th – Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg (Video showing/Q&A/rock show/meet-n-greet) *18+
13th – Boston, MA – Royale *18+

In other news, the Joe Jackets came in a few days ago and they’re suuuuper rad. We’ll try to get some photos of them posted on facebook/instagram/twitters in the next few days. There was a bit of a snag in production and the size labels are one size off (Smalls are labeled as Medium… Medium as Larges, and so on), but instead of sending them back to the factory and have you wait another long time, we thought it best to just let everyone know the situation and give you options. Good news is, this makes them even more limited edition, like baseball card errors (looking at you, Bill Ripken)! For those of you incredibly intelligent and stylish people who’ve already pre-ordered, the Light Up store will be contacting you about your sizing options soon. If you’re buying one today, I’d just recommend going with the one size larger than you normally wear and you’ll be fine. These same general instructions are on the bigcartel site now, so new purchasers shouldn’t expect an email from Light Up store about sizing options. And we hope to have a sizing chart up on the store very soon that will explain in more detail.

Speaking of the Light Up The Night video… if you haven’t watched it yet, what are you waiting on? Go to protomen.com and watch it for free and spread the word!

See you next month,



artwork by John DeLucca and Caspar Newbolt

Our first-official-music-video-ever is finally here! And as a wise Cheech once said on a warm summer night in 1989, “better late than never.” So as direct competition to Rogue One, we release, Light Up The Night! We’ll just see how well you do at the box office now, Mr. Disney…

So rather than bore you with a bunch of jibberjabber, you should just go over to our website right now and watch the 16 minute short film/music video spectacular for yourself… for free! And while you’re at it, why don’t you go ahead and Pre-Order all the fancy new merch that you see on the page. And again, I won’t waste your time with explaining all the merch here. Just click on the stuff you like and read the descriptions. That is why Nikola Tesla invented websites and descriptions, after all.

… but I will say that if you purchase a package, Soundtrack EP, Bluray,or Hi-Res video for download, a download link will be emailed to you almost immediately for whatever you got (just click “Start watching” button to get to downloads). But don’t expect an immediate purchase verification email, because Bigcartel isn’t too quick on that for some reason.

Watch video here ——> PROTOMEN.COM

and don’t forget to tell your friends, and your friends friends, and your friends friends friends, and your friends friends friends enemies.

And do you have your tickets already for our NYE show at Exit/In in Nashville with Makeup And Vanity Set, The Dead Deads, and Born Empty? If not, get them below. It’s gonna be suuuper rad.

31st – Nashville, TN – Exit/In *18+

MAGFEST (Jan 05th)
ANNNNNND in case you haven’t already heard, we’re playing MAGFest next month on the 5th (Thursday night)! Get your butts to the party on time… or else…

05th – National Harbor, MD – MAGFest (show day)
06th – National Harbor, MD – MAGFest (hangout day)
07th – National Harbor, MD – MAGFest (hangout day)

Go ahead and light it up,


New Years Eve Show and Black Friday

We’ve got a Black Friday sale on the SoundMachine Store this weekend that’s rolling all the way through Cyborg Monday, and that means 20% off everything.
For the discount, enter this code at checkout: GIMME20

*NOTE* Sale is live now and ends at 11:59 pm CST on Monday (28th).

And being the 25th anniversary of the loss of Freddie Mercury… and Thanksgiving-ish, we figured it was time to get the Night Of Queen vinyl in motion. That being said, I hope everyone ate some traditional Thanksgiving fried chicken in his honor (if you don’t know what I’m talking about, you’ve got some “One Vision” to catch up on). The pre-order starts today and we have some pretty rad record slipmats and a 4’x4′ flag with the crest from the liner notes. Vinyl comes in black, clear, and split black/clear. And we’ve got several combos to help you save even more on stuff.

In other news, I hope you don’t have plans for New Years already, because we’re gonna have the fiercest of throwdowns at Exit/In. Makeup And Vanity Set is gonna be there, and so are The Dead Deads and Born Empty! Come help us celebrate the end of this horrible nightmare of a year (well, except for the Cubs… they had a pretty good one)!

31st – Nashville, TN – Exit/In *18+

Also, don’t go thinking we forgot about the Light Up The Night video. Just getting the final ducks in a row. Soooon.

Fried chicken,