Protex are another great band from the Belfast punk scene of 30+ years ago. They didn’t quite manage the relative success of the Outcasts and Rudi but did produce some really catchy songs that have remained firm favourites with me and others who were into this music at this time. There has been a lot of interest in Protex recently due to release of old previously unreleased material from the early 80s. The band reformed last year in response to this resurgence of attention.
They were brilliant on Saturday night – sounding fresh and vital.
For a blast of Protex from all those years ago:
I am really enjoying seeing and hearing all these bands live again and am amazed how genuinely great it all sounds. All the bands on Saturday seemed to be thoroughly enjoying themselves and there was not a hint of cynicism in the punters about the old punk reunions. Just a real sense of celebration of a uniquely special music scene of Belfast 1977-1982. The timing is great too with the upcoming release of the Good Vibrations "> movie later in the Autumn which tells the story of Terri Hooley and the Good Vibrations record label. The movie will share with the world the story of the Belfast Punk scene emerging against the backdrop of the troubles. The “long trailer” for the film was premiered at the event on Saturday and it looks so engaging- funny, touching and a fitting celebration of the music. I am hoping it is going to be a blockbuster!