News from 9/2015

NEWS : FRI, SEP 11, 2015 at 8:30 AM

So Much METZ Action

METZ made their return to Last Call with Carson Daly on Friday, September 11th.  The band delivered incredible performances of II highlights “The Swimmer” and “Spit You Out,” filmed live at FYF Fest from Los Angeles.  

The band’s extensive headlining (and earsplitting) world tour on behalf of II is currently storming through Europe and ends November 28th-29th in Brighton, UK at the Mutation’s Festival weekender.  Hardly Art recording artists Protomartyr join METZ as direct support on certain dates.  (see below)

METZ II has earned “Albums of the Year (so far)” notices from the likes of Entertainment Weekly, Rolling Stone, The AV Club, SPIN, Treble, and more. II also scored the band its highest chart position in the U.S. to date, entering at #98 / Billboard Top 200.  In Canada, the album debuted at #27 on the Top 200 albums chart.

At radio, II peaked at #8 on the CMJ Top 200 chart. The album also saw support with FMQB Alternative Specialty reporters, peaking at #1 on the albums chart, and its lead-off track “Acetate” at #2 on the singles chart.

On a related note, you can also watch METZ’s amazing KEXP in-studio performance, filmed August 4th while on a tour stop in Seattle. The live session includes II tracks “Wait in Line,” “The Swimmer,” “Spit You Out,” and “Acetate.”

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METZ II is currently available on CD / LP / DL worldwide from Sub Pop, and we encourage you to purchase it in all your favorite formats via the Sub Pop Mega Mart, iTunes, Amazon, and Bandcamp.

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What do “They” say about METZ II?  Quite a lot, actually:

“Metz colors outside the lines — obliterates them, really.”  - New York Times

“The record twitches with the flying-off-the-rails urgency of the band’s live shows as Metz sandblasts the industrial precision of their first album into a nastier, more shambolic attack.” [Best Albums of 2015 (so far)] - Rolling Stone
“These mild-looking Canadians revive the golden age of early Nirvana and ’90s grunge with 10 walloping noise-rockers—but there are surprising hooks amid all the Sturm und Drang.”  [Best Albums of 2015 (so far)] - Entertainment Weekly
“The record is all killer, no filler.” - [Best Albums of 2015 (so far)] -AV Club
II is looser and fuzzier than its predecessor… one of 2015’s standout records.” [8.5 / 10] - MAGNET
“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
“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
“Album of the Week” - Stereogum
“Hits like a concussion grenade, and you’ll revel in the damage long after the room’s been cleared.” [4/5]- Alternative Press 
II, like the record that preceded it, is still a seasick and unyielding document of brutalist experimentation. But because the trio is willing to explore different avenues, there’s more corners to get lost in.” [8/10] - SPIN
“Album of the Week” - Treble
“A direct gut-punching affair.” [5/5] - DIY

“Bigger, faster, louder, stronger - in many ways ‘II’ is everything the band’s second record ought to be.” [8/10] - Loud & Quiet

“Bold, unsympathetic and brutally effective.” [8/10] - NME

“Raucous, filthy and hummable in equal measure.” [8/10] - Rock Sound

“A second volume of string-bending, amp-busting noise-punk…Awesome.” [4/5] - Time Out London

II is what Metz do best: brazenly truculent hardcore.” - The Guardian

“Few bands anywhere do this sort of thing this well.” - The Quietus

“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 

“This album has achieved a seemingly impossible feat by sounding even more aggressive than the one that preceded it.” [8/10] - The 405

“The whole record is a dizzy, punk joy - taking itself far less seriously than most proper hardcore bands, whilst sounding twice as aggressive as any of them, and with better tunes.” [8/10] -Drowned in Sound

II almost feels like Metz wanted to push the boundaries to see just how dark and dirty they could play while still carrying a tune and continuing to draw listeners in with unconventionally gripping arrangements - and good on them, they pulled it off!” [10/10] -Louder Than War

Tour Dates

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. 20 - Porto, PT - Hard Club/Amplifest
Sep. 21 - Bilbao, ES - Kafe Antzokia
Sep. 23 - Lyon, FR - Le Transbordeur
Sep. 24 - Relms, FR - Festival Elektricity
Sep. 25 - Dusseldorf, DE - Zakk
Sep. 26 - Hamburg, DE - Reeperbahn Festival
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. 22 - Nijmegen, NL - Doornroosje ^
Oct. 23 - Amsterdam, NL - Bitterzoet ^
Oct. 24 - Zwolle, NL - Let’s Get Lost Festival
Oct. 27 - Paris, FR - La Maroquinerie ^
Oct. 28 - Lille, FR - L’ Aeronef ^
Oct. 29 - Antwerp, BE - Trix ^
Oct. 30 - Birmingham, UK - Hare and Hounds ^
Oct. 31 - Leeds, UK - Brudenell Social Club ** ^
Nov. 01 - London, UK - Scala  **
Nov. 03 - Bristol, UK - The Fleece **
Nov. 04 - Manchester, UK - Sound Control **
Nov. 05 - Glasgow, UK - Stereo **
Nov. 06 - Dublin, IR - Whelans
Nov. 18 - Helsinki, FI - Supermassive Festival
Nov. 20 - Utrecht, NL - Le Guess Who? Festival
Nov. 21 - Kortrijk, BE - Sonic City Festival
Nov. 29 - Brighton, UK - Mutations Festival
** w/ Protomartyr
^ w/ Crows

For ticket links, click here.

Posted by Rachel White

NEWS : FRI, SEP 25, 2015 at 6:00 PM

Available Now: The Album Leaf’s ‘In A Safe Place’ Vinyl Reissue on Sub Pop

We’re super happy to announce that The Album Leaf’s 2004 classic In A Safe Place vinyl reissue is available now worldwide from Sub Pop. This vinyl edition of the album - out of print since 2007 - has been repressed both on black and a limited “Loser” edition colored vinyl (while supplies last). In A Safe Place vinyl is now available for purchase at, and you can revisit the official video for track “On Your Way” right here.

Later this fall, The Album Leaf will perform In A Safe Place in it’s entirety at All Tomorrow’s Parties “Nightmare Before Christmas” weekender, to be held at Prestatyn Holiday Centre, North Wales, UK, November 27th-29th, 2015. For more info please visit

In A Safe Place’s songs “On Your Way,” “Eastern Glow,” “Window,” “Over the Pond,”  TwentyTwoFourteen,” “The Outer Banks” and “Another Day” have been featured in a variety of TV shows and films over the years, including The OC, CSI Miami, Brotherhood and more. Additionally, “Window” was used in a fan made, mashup video [view here] featuring Charlie Chaplan’s speech from The Great Dictator, which has amassed over 15 million views.
About The Album Leaf: 
Jimmy LaValle has released critically-acclaimed solo work as The Album Leaf (the name comes from a Chopin piece) since 1999’s mellow An Orchestrated Rise to Fall (Linkwork). During the realization of 2003’s Lifetime or More (Arena Rock) and Seal Beach (Acuarela) EPs, he prepared himself to take on a new direction by founding his rich, textural documents on minimalist beats. At the time of 2003’s recording sessions, however, nothing could have prepared LaValle for the experience he had in Iceland.
LaValle befriended Sigur Ros on their first U.S. tour, and they encouraged him northward to Iceland. With the help of his hosts, including members of Sigur Rós and Múm, LaValle was able to craft an album that ventures into new territory. Chillingly delicate and more pop-based than ever before, In A Safe Place masterfully negotiates the spaces between minimal electronic music and melancholy instrumental neo-rock. The inclusion of vocals from The Black Heart Procession’s Pall Jenkins, Sigur Rós’ Jon Thor Birgisson, and LaValle himself is one of the striking results from this newly collaborative process.

Posted by Rachel White

NEWS : FRI, SEP 18, 2015 at 11:00 AM

Sub Pop & Hardly Art Present “Mutual Depreciation” at CMJ (Oct. 15th)

On October 15th, Sub Pop and Hardly Art will hedge our collective bets and double down for “Mutual Depreciation”: A 2015 CMJ Showcase featuring Protomartyr, S, Mass Gothic, The Gotobeds, Strange Wilds and comedian Jon Benjamin at the Knitting Factory in Brooklyn, NY.

This event is open to the public and all ages - with tickets available for $12, both in advance and at the door.  Details:

Sub Pop & Hardly Art Present
Mutual Depreciation : A 2015 CMJ Showcase
Knitting Factory Brooklyn
361 Metropolitan Avenue, Brooklyn
All Ages / $12 adv/door


UPDATE 10/2/15:  We’re pleased to announce that comedian Jon Benjamin has been added to the “Mutual Depreciation” lineup!

Posted by Rachel White