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"Seattle Noise - The Protocol"


WHAT: Seattle indie pop-rock band featuring Rob Leinbach (vocals), Jeff Reitan (strings), Chuck Pinnell (drums) and Darren Patt (bass).

CAREER DEBUT: Seattle, 2004

SOUND: Hook-laden, pop-oriented indie rock with tight choruses and stirring harmonies. Themes include terrorism ("Killer"), environmental apathy ("You and I"), evangelical egotism ("Cannibal") and Internet "sex surfers" (in the humorous "Click," which includes the line, "All the girls love me because they can't see my face").

RELEASES: The Protocol's sophomore album, "Recess" (Parlor Records), was produced by Brin Addison. The band's debut album, "Twenty Four," was released in 2004. (Asylum Magazine included The Protocol its "Bands to Watch" list in 2005.)

FUN FACTS: The Protocol's music has been featured in Helly Hansen's snowboard and ski team videos.

INFLUENCES (LIQUID): Prince Johnnie Walker, Sir Crown Royal, Duke Aha Toro and Earl Jägermeister.


NEXT SHOW: Release party for "Recess" Sunday at 9 p.m. at High Dive, 513 N. 36th St. Doors open at 8 p.m. Everything Is Energy shares the bill. Admission: $7. You must be at least 21. Information:

-- Gene Stout

- Seattle Post-Intelligencer

"CD Review The Protocol - Recess"

CD Review:

Artist: The Protocol
Title: Recess
Style: Pop Punk/ Rock
Label: Parlor Records
Rating: 8.9 out of 10
By Senior Writer C.W. Ross

Recess is the sophomore full-length release for this band hailing from Seattle, Washington. The band's line up is, Rob Leinbach (vocals), Jeff Reitan ( guitar), Daren Patt ( bass), and Chuck Pinnell ( drums).

The band blends pop punk and indie rock styles in their songs. One of the main driving forces found in them is the masterful guitar parts of band member Jeff Reitan. He knows how to repeat a chord and then let it run free just at the right moment.

Jeff isn't alone though, the bass and drum part keep the rhythm of the songs moving in step while band front man Rob Leinbach's vocals breath life into each song.

The band's songs feature both light hearted and more serious matters. On the lighter side is the song, "Click," which pokes fun at 'Internet sex surfers,' with lines like, "...all the girls love me because they can't see my face..."

The more serious subject matters are, "Killer" a song that deals with terrorists, "Cannibal" which deals with over the top ego driven evangelist, and "You and I" that deals with the apathy most people have towards caring for the environment. It drives home the point that we each need to do our part.

You'll also find the poignant melodic song, "My Alyosha" which is dedicated to Rob Leinbach's deceased dad Gary Earl Leinbach. The song's lyrics are used to paint a picture of Rob's father compared to the purity of the Dostoevsky's famous character Alyosha from- The Brothers Karamazov.

The band offers a lot of fodder both musically and mentally to chew on with the music found on Recess. This CD is worth checking out!

Posted by Staff at 11:36 AM

- Indie Music Stop

"The Protocol - "24""

Debut albums are tough. You only get one shot at a first impression, and it has to be good. But The Protocol step up to the challenge and deliver an album that screams to be heard. The music stays with you well after you listen to the CD, and no matter how many times you spin the disc you’ll find that you still want more. 24 delivers the energy of a rock concert performance in the professional package of an album, without sacrificing the integrity of the band or its sound. This album is more than a good debut effort—it’s a true musical achievement.

Bottom line: This is a must buy album.

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"The Protocol"

The Protocol are making their debut right with producer Floyd Reitsma (Pearl Jam, Deftones, Dave Matthews Band) by their side. This indie / alternative rock foursome out of Seattle Washington have made it so far on live performances alone since mid 2003, not one of the easiest task to pull off.

With living off live performances for so long the boys of The Protocol have made a debut album that’ll satisfy your taste for them while at the same time leaving you with wanting more. With progressive guitar riffs and bass lines the rhythm of the music alone is that of indie rock perfection, fitting every mood of the lyrical tone and leads luring voice. Getting ready to release their debut album in November of 2004 this will be one of the few albums to top your list of this year.

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- Asylum Magazine


"24" - November 2004
"Recess" - November 2007



The Protocol is back with a diverse sophomore full length released on artist-friendly upstart label Parlor Records titled “Recess”. Aptly named for its double entendre, the album is a journey through the indie pop, pop punk and pop rock genres. The Protocol hails from Seattle, Washington and, drawing from its Seattle-influenced sound, The Protocol indeed clicks "with just one click!" "Recess" bookends with the dreamy guitar riff laden "The Words You Didn't Say" and "You and I." Jeff Reitan is recognized as one of the best guitars players around, and his playing throughout the album does not disappoint. "Recess" quickly diverts to pop following the opener and you will find yourself singing along to "Barcelona" and the rambunctious "Entry Fee", culminating in the hilarious "Click", in which charismatic frontman Rob Leinbach pokes fun at Internet sex surfers whose endeavors make them feel "manly like chopping wood." The album then turns serious in the ode "My Alyosha", in which Rob's deceased father is likened to the purity of Dostoevsky's famous character from The Brothers Karamazov, followed by lamentations of today's terrorist world ("Killer"), evangelical egoism ("Cannibal") and environmental apathy ("You and I").

The Protocol’s music was featured by Helly Hansen in their ski team videos. The Protocol performed at the NEMO music festival in Boston, Massachusetts in 2006 as well as headlining Seattle’s top venues such as The Crocodile.

"The music stays with you well after you listen to the CD, and no matter how many times you spin the disc you’ll find that you still want more." -