Recently, Detroit band Promartyr paid tribute to their fellow citymen and garage punk legends The Stooges as part of the AV Club series. This was possibly due to Iggy’s 67th(!) birthday falling around the same date, but more likely as a mark of respect for the recently departed Scott “Rock Action” Asheton.
The Michigan four-piece power through “Down on the Street,” an aggressive highlight from Fun House. Frontman Joe Casey initially appears quite juxtaposed to the band as he nonchalantly, hand in pocket, makes his way through each verse, but he becomes monstrously alive for each increasingly antagonistic chorus, leading to a blistering, feedback-heavy finale.
What also makes this particular performance special was that this was the venue (Michigan Union Ballroom in Ann Arbor) where Iggy & Co. first caught the eye of talent scout Danny Fields, who quickly signed the band up to Elektra, all the way back in 1968.
46 years later, at that very same venue, Promartyr have done Scott Asheton and the rest of the Stooges proud.
Promartyr released their second album Under Color of Official Right on April 15th on Hardly Art.