The Protomen

The Protomen

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The Protomen are an American rock band, who started their career and are perhaps most widely known for composing concept albums loosely based on the video game series Mega Man.

Little is known about The Protomen, other than that the band is based in Nashville, Tennessee. Their stage names are largely references to pop culture films, song titles, and fictional characters. The group members refer to themselves as storytellers, creating a “rock and roll fable”; they are not characters in their stories.

The band is composed mostly of MTSU recording program graduates and first came to be so that they could meet class deadlines and the need to record for their grades. Their first live performance was in April 2004. Most of the band had graduated and moved to Nashville by 2005.

In a 2009 interview, lead vocalist Panther stated, “We basically gathered up all of our good friends from the local rock bands of Murfreesboro, tied ourselves together, and tried to walk. And somehow it worked. At the time, we noticed a void in rock and roll. A hole that could only really be filled with grown men and women painting up like robots and playing some fierce and furious rock music based on a 1980s video game. We were fairly certain no one else was going to fill that hole. But, by God, it’s filled now. You can thank us later.”

The band has strong ties to the Murfreesboro and Nashville independent music scene, and some members are integrated into several bands simultaneously.

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