With the release of the self-titled album, Protea takes a new approach to blending several genres to create something all their own. Laced with character, an edgy pop undertone, and plenty of hooks, the record boasts the aesthetic of alternative pop rock anthems.
The first single "BurnYouDeep" grabs you with guitar hooks and progressive grooves along with bright vocals that become infectious.
"The world has been really hard to understand, especially in the last few years. Writing BurnYouDeep was sort of an outlet for the feelings we were having and a way to put words to our frustration and confusion at the state of things. It's hard to understand the hate that a lot of people are experiencing and that we are witnessing, it's really hard to understand how people can be so terrible to each other and how people in power can really abuse that power and set forth change in a negative way.
We believe that things come back around. The way you treat others and the energy you put into the world comes back to you. This song sort of embodies that idea.” explains the band of their single.
Although the single speaks volumes for the record, to get a full understanding of where Protea is really coming from, the album should be heard in its entirety.
"I’d say we are still trying to figure out our sound. We all come from different musical backgrounds, so we are still trying to find our middle ground. We wrote and recorded these songs in a really short period of time. We got into the rehearsal studio for three weeks and we all were in agreement that we weren’t going to put any limits on the type of genre or style of music we were going to write. As a new band, we are still figuring out our sound and direction. This record has a lot of variation in sound and style. After playing so many shows this summer, we have more of a clear vision on our writing style, but who knows, we like a variety of music, and we are not trying to fit into any boxes." says the band of their sound.
The beginnings of what would become Protea starts when songwriters Josh Mitchell and Kelly Staten met in Traverse City, MI. Mitchell recently relocated back to his hometown after a 10-year stint in Nashville and Staten ended up moving from downstate.
The two met at a coffee shop and began writing songs together shortly after. It wasn't long before the two were playing shows locally and loving it.
After seeing Jonny Tornga at their very first show, they recruited him almost straight away. With Mitchell performing vocals, guitar and keys, and Staten performing vocals, bass and keys as well, Tornga came on board as a percussionist as well as working the electronic elements.
With the lineup finally formed, Protea ended up recording their self-titled album fairly quickly and have been performing and writing new music ever since.
The Protea album is available on most major digital outlets for streaming and download and they are already putting together new ideas for upcoming releases.
To learn more of Protea please visit: Proteaband.com