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"Kill Switch" EP - "Dead But Too Dumb To Lay Down," "Kill Switch," "Mother Asia," "Cleaning Up"

Propaganda 3-song demo - "Dead But Too Dumb To Lay Down," "Glassbreaker," "McGrath"

Propaganda LP -


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Protocol was formed on Long Island in 2003, when Ben Arendsen and Josh Schulman picked up their acoustic guitars and jammed together. Discovering that their playing styles fused perfectly, the two guitarists decided to find a rhythm section and start a band.

After playing with several people, they found the rhythm section they were looking for in Vinny Byrne, who was playing with Fence, and Ted Berg, a jam band veteran known in Washington, D.C. as the trombonist for the Moo Shoo Porkestra. After months of rehearsing, the newly-formed Protocol played onstage for the first time at Munchaba Lounge in Levittown, N.Y.

Fueled by their love of the songs and the intense crowd reactions they were receiving, Protocol cut the “Kill Switch” EP with Kieran Kelly (Sufjan Stevens, Better than Ezra) and accelerated their gigging schedule. They are currently working on their next record, Propaganda.

With influences as varied as Tool, Dave Matthews Band, Incubus, Talking Heads and Frank Zappa, Protocol manages to be both accessible and startlingly original. “Protocol is lighting up the sky like a neutron bomb,” says Tim Easy in Aural Fix Magazine. Their audiences can’t decide which they like more: Ben’s aggressive and lightning-fast guitar playing; Josh’s rapid-fire, edgy lyrics; Vinny’s incendiary beats; or Ted’s funky, dynamic basslines. But they can agree on one thing: there is nobody quite like Protocol.