Weird Nightmare, the new project from Alex Edkins of METZ, has released a cover of the Ramones’ song “She’s the One.” Edkins delivers a refreshingly low-key rendition of this punk rock classic showcasing Beatles-esque harmonies, Duane Eddy-inspired fuzz guitar, and pedal steel played by Aaron Goldstein. “She’s the One” is available for your listening & viewing pleasure now. Watch the official animated skate video directed by Ladyhead Design that cruises through the streets of Toronto to some of Edkins’ favorite haunts.
Weird Nightmare has confirmed new shows for summer and fall 2023 throughout Canada, the Netherlands, and Scandinavia. These dates begin June 9th, with a performance at this year’s DO WEST FEST in Toronto, with an additional Canadian festival play on June 25th at the Sled Island Festival in Calgary. Edkins and co. will then head overseas in August and September, opening for Daniel Romano and Julianna Riolino throughout the Netherlands and Scandinavia. See below for a full list of shows.
Fri. Jun. 09 - Toronto, CA - DO WEST FEST
Sun. Jun. 25 - Calgary, CA - Sled Island Festival
Thu. Jul. 12 - Toronto, CA - Horseshoe Tavern $
Sat. Aug. 26 - Nijmegen, NL - Doornroosje #
Sun. Aug. 27 - Amsterdam, NL - Melkweg #
Tue. Aug. 29 - Gothenburg, SE - Pustervik #
Wed. Aug. 30 - Malmo, SE - Folk å Rock #
Fri. Sep. 01 - Kristiansand S, NO - KICK Nattklubb & Scene #
Sat. Sep. 02 - Stavanger, NO - Folken #
Sun. Sep. 03 - Bergen, NO - Landmark #
Mon. Sep 04 - Oslo, NO - Rockefeller Music Hall #
Tue. Sep 05 - Trondheim, NO - Byscenen #
Wed. Sep. 06 - Östersund, SE - Nails Östersund #
Thu. Sep. 07 - Solna, SE -Värdshuset Koppartälten #
Fri. Sep. 08 - Copenhagen, DK - Global Copenhagen #
Tue. Sep 12 - Gent, BE - Vooruit #
$ w/ Protomartyr
# w/ Daniel Romano and Julianna Riolino
What people have been saying about Weird Nightmare:
“The debut Weird Nightmare album from METZ guitarist/vocalist Alex Edkins is a hook-filled set of blown-out power-pop with distorted guitars, punchy rhythms and bright pop melodies.” - KEXP
“The tension between chaos and order sparks gripping theater on songs like “Searching for You,” a descendant of “Anarchy in the UK,” the grunge-inclined “Lusitania” and the atypical, eight-minute ballad “Holding Out,” which suggests an angsty sleepwalker. Whatever the groove, Edkins sounds like a man on the verge of spontaneous combustion.” - THE BIG TAKEOVER
“Weird Nightmare is all about hooks and melody. Still delivered with levels in the red, but these are ultra catchy powerpop songs first and foremost, and really good ones at that.” - BROOKLYN VEGAN
“‘Weird Nightmare’ is Alex Edkins giving us an access-all-areas pass to his creative process. It’s an invite no-one should decline.” - NORTHERN TRANSMISSIONS
“Weird Nightmare isn’t something that will have listeners running away or falling asleep. Edkins’s 10-song tracklist is a fun, energetic and zany concoction of sounds and textures that recall his main band while simultaneously taking things in fresh directions.” - EXCLAIM!
“If having fun and being free was what Edkins most wanted to come through on the recording of Weird Nightmare, he undoubtedly achieved it on his delightfully distorted and warped debut solo album.” - EXCLAIM!
“On the 10 tracks that comprise the project’s self-titled Sub Pop debut, Edkins revels in magnetic hooks and brighter, sunny melodies, exploring explicitly an aspect of his songwriting that had previously been mostly implicit.” - TREBLE
“…Weird Nightmare will bring a little noisy sunshine to your day.” - NARC