NEWS : MON, MAY 4, 2015 at 12:00 AM

METZ’s ‘II’ Out Now - See the New Video for “The Swimmer”

You can now watch METZ’s official video for “The Swimmer,” from their new album II, out today worldwide on the Sub Pop Record Concern. The new visual was helmed by returning directors Scott Cudmore & Michael Leblanc (“Wet Blanket”) and premiered earlier today via our friends at The Guardian

METZ have also extended their 2015 North American and European tour schedule in support of II. The tour resumes May 8th in Austin, TX for Levitation Festival and currently ends October 28th in Lille, FR at L’ Aeronef. Please find a current list of tour dates below.
 
METZ II, and it’s singles “Acetate,” “Spit You Out,” and “The Swimmer,” are earning the band raves from the likes of NPR Music, CBC Music, Stereogum, Consequence of Sound, DIY, Noisey, The Quietus, Treble, NME, Loud and Quiet, The FADER, Ghettoblaster, PASTE, Magnet, Pop Matters, and more. On a related note, check out the band’s cover story for the current issue of Exclaim [view here] and it’s recent feature in The Guardian [view here].
 
METZ II is now available for purchase through Sub Pop Mega Mart, iTunes, Amazon, and Bandcamp. The limited Loser Edition of the LP on colored vinyl will be available at select independent record stores, megamart.subpop.com, and from the band at their shows, all while supplies last. Additionally, two new T-shirt designs are available, both individually and as part of a bundle with purchase of the new record.
 
What people are saying about METZ II:
“It’s taken three years for singer-guitarist Alex Edkins, bassist Chris Slorach and drummer Hayden Menzies to release II, the follow-up to their Polaris Prize-shortlisted debut. In that time, the group has honed its sonic attack to an even keener edge — but it’s also broadened its horizons when it comes to studio wizardry and songcraft. That’s not to say Metz hasn’t always written solid songs. But the meat-and-potatoes thump of Metz has been stretched and restructured on II. The result is breathtaking — in the same way a fist to the solar plexus is…This isn’t just purgative music hell-bent on bloodletting and catharsis; it’s also carefully composed, with loving attention paid to fine detail and immaculate precision.” [“First Listen”] - NPR Music
 
“A punch to the gut. It’s an often overused cliché to describe loud, visceral music, but in the case of Metz, it couldn’t be more apt: this is music for your gut. And on II, the followup to Metz’s 2012 self-titled debut, the Toronto three-piece manage to land plenty of those gut punches, creating a soundscape of claustrophobic, ravenous guitar riffs awash in feedback and distortion, with drums that never let you catch your breath. You’ll feel it in your stomach as much as you hear it.” [First Play] - CBC Music
 

“The new album is leaner and more direct than its predecessor, but it also has bigger riffs and bigger hooks. It’s just a mean, nasty, expertly put-together rock album.” - Stereogum

“With their second album, II, METZ have followed the gut-punch of their debut with a solid kick to the teeth. The songs are more strapped, immediate and dynamic, and covered in a thicker layer of scuzz.” - Noisey

“With II, Metz have done more than enough to cement themselves as the new kings of transgressive hard rock, and that’s a crown which is going to be difficult for anyone to wrestle from them.” [8.5/10] - The Line Of Best Fit
 
II does not attempt to reinvent the wheel, but instead just straps rockets onto both sides and lets it fly. And boy, how high it goes.” [8/10] - The 405
 
“II tweaks the Metz formula just enough to stand as an improvement over the band’s excellent 2012 self-titled debut.” - The Quietus
 
“As Canadian trio METZ return for round 2, the most pressing question for the group might be how can they possibly pack a bigger punch than their furious debut. The answer lies not in their power, but in their control. From raucous flurry of their self titled debut, II, differs in being a direct gut-punching affair. It’s immediate, but leaves no doubt that however many times it strikes its going to leave the same mark.” [5/5] - DIY
 
“Bigger, faster, louder, stronger… II is everything the band’s second record ought to be.” [8/10] - Loud and Quiet
 
II is heavier, darker, and more abrasive than METZ….”Acetate” kicks things off with jagged, urgent riffs and Alex Edkins ominous vocals. “Spit You Out” shows METZ can do catchy tunes, albeit one  buried under suffocating punk noise. Acerbic highlight “IOU” eschews hooks, relying on a bludgeoning riff and Edkins rasping vocal. Like the rest of the album, it’s bold, unsympathetic, and brutally effective.” [8/10] - NME

“METZ have a way with grabbing an earworm garage rock hook, force-feeding it amphetamines, and making it stay up all night reading Kierkegaard and Camus. Their atypical hardcore weaves between math rock precision and dirty grunge riffs, conflicted about both embracing simple pleasures and getting mired in existential angst, and II is the internal fight sprung to searing, spectacular life.” [8/10] - Pop Matters

“The blitzkrieg of riffs and rumble is familiar, but considerably sharper and more potent than even the harshest moments of their debut…The landscape of II often feels more dangerous than that of its predecessor, and as a result the material has an excitement and electricity that pushes it a few steps forward.” [Album of the Week] - Treble

“The album is an exercise in dissonance that can really only be appreciated when played at full volume. It cements the band as a frontrunner for the hardest-hitting, meanest, and most aggressive contemporary punk act.” - Consequence of Sound
 

 

Tour Dates
May 08 - Austin, TX - Levitation 2015
May 09 - Atlanta, GA - Shaky Knees Festival
May 11 - St. Petersburg, FL - State Theatre**
May 12 - Orlando, FL - The Social**
May 13 - Birmingham, AL - Work Play**
May 14 - Nashville, TN - Mercy Lounge**
May 19 - St. Louis, MO - The Firebird**
May 20 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall
May 21 - Minneapolis, MN - 7th Street Entry**
May 22 - Minneapolis, MN - 7th Street Entry**
May 23 - Madison, WI - High Noon Saloon**
May 26 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom**
May 27 - Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg**
May 28 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club**
May 29 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer**
May 30 - Boston, MA - Paradise**
Jun. 05 - Athens, GR - Plissken Fest  
Jun. 06 - Thessaloniki, GR - Plissken Fest
Jun. 07 - Skopje, MK - Zdravo Mladi Festival
Jun. 16 - London, UK - Underworld^^
Jun. 17 - Brussels, BE - Botanique - Rotonde^^
Jun. 19 - Hilvarenbeek, NL - Best Kept Secret Festival
Jun. 20 - Scheesel, DE - Hurricane Festival
Jun. 21 - Neuhausen ob Eck, DE - Southside Festival
Jun. 22 - Leipzig, DE - Taubchenthal
Jun. 24 - Berlin, DE - Cassiopeia
Jun. 25 - Cologne, DE - MTC
Jun. 27 - Evreux, FR - Le Rock Dans Tous ses Etats
Jul. 10 - Montreal, QC - Piccolo Rialto
Jul. 12 - Quebec City, QC -  Imperial De Quebec
Jul. 14 - Ottawa, ON - Ottawa Blues Fest
Jul. 21 - Cincinnati, OH - The Woodward Theatre ^
Jul. 22 - Columbus, OH - The Basement ^
Jul. 23 - Buffalo, NY - Mohawk Place ^
Jul. 24 - 26 - Oro-Medonte, ON - WayHome Music & Arts Festival
Jul. 27 - Milwaukee, WI - Cactus Club ! #
Jul. 29 - Winnipeg, MB - Pyramid Cabaret ! #
Jul. 30 - Saskatoon, SK - Amigos Cantina ! #
Jul 31 - Calgary, AB - The Republik ! #
Aug. 01 - Edmonton, AB - The Starlite Room ! #
Aug. 03 - Vancouver, BC - The Rickshaw Theatre ! #
Aug. 04 - Seattle, WA - Neumos ! #
Aug. 05 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir Lounge ! #
Aug. 06 - Salt Lake City, UT - Twilight Concert Series @ Pioneer Park*
Aug. 09 - San Francisco, CA - Outside Lands
Aug. 11 - Denver, CO - Larimer Lounge ! #
Sep. 04 - Larmer Tree Gardens, UK -  End of the Road festival
Sep. 06 - Dublin, IE - Electric Picnic
Sep. 08 - Vienna, AT - Arena
Sep. 09 - Zagreb, HR - Culture Factory (Small Room)
Sep. 10 - Bologna, IT - Freakout Club
Sep. 11 - Rome, IT - INIT
Sep. 12 - Milan, IT - Lo Fi Club
Sep. 14 - Zurich, CH - Kinski Club
Sep. 15 - Lausanne, CH - Le Romandie
Sep.17 - Toulouse, FR - Le Metronum
Sep. 19 - Madrid, ES - Sala Lemon
Sep. 21 - Bilbao, ES - Kafe Antzokia
Sep. 23 - Lyon, FR - Le Transbordeur
Sep. 25 - Dusseldorf, DE - Zakk
Oct. 16 - Stockholm, SE - Debaser
Oct. 17 - Lund, SE - Mejeriet
Oct. 18 - Oslo, NO - John Dee
Oct. 19 - Aarhus, DK - Atlas
Oct. 20 - Copenhagen, DK - Loppen @ Christiana
Oct. 27 - Paris, FR - La Maroquinerie
Oct. 28 - Lille, FR - L’ Aeronef
* w/ The Kills
** w/ FIDLAR
^ w/ Viet Cong
^^ w/ Bad Breeding
! w/ Big Ups
# w/ Dilly Dally



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