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NEWS : WED, AUG 30, 2017 at 7:00 AM

Listen to Bully’s Newest Track “Running” From Upcoming Album ‘Losing’ (out October 20th)

Bully are back with a new album, more powerful and hard hitting than ever. Losing will be released October 20th worldwide on Sub Pop. 

Off the back of the first single “Feel The Same” which had critics and fans alike raving about its intensity, the band are offering another glimpse into the new album releasing the new song “Running.” Alicia Bognano explains the meaning behind the song telling us, “Overall, Running is about shamelessly keeping yourself distracted or making up excuses to avoid processing certain emotions.” 

Losing has all the hallmarks of an iconic album and on the band’s sophomore release, they’ve landed harshly in the adult world, and are facing the brutality of life. New York Magazine tipped the album in the Fall Music Preview writing “Alicia Bognanno has the loveliest snarl this side of Nirvana’s Live at Reading. That it’s in a pop-punk setting, with lyrics reckoning with adulthood, only strengthens its power.”

Bully will be hitting the road this fall, all dates are listed the below, along with a newly announced run of 2018 dates. 


Losing is available for pre-order now from Sub Pop Records and from Bully’s webstoreLP pre-orders of the album from Sub Pop and select independent retailers will receive the limited Loser Edition on clear vinyl with black swirls (while supplies last). 

Losing was engineered and mixed by lead-singer Alicia Bognanno in Chicago at Electrical Audio.


Bully Tour Dates + Ticket Links

11/02/17- St Louis MO - Off Broadway
11/03/17 - Iowa City IA - The Mill
11/04/17 - Minneapolis MN - Fine Line Music Cafe
11/06/17 - Madison WI - High Noon Saloon
11/07/17 - Chicago IL - Thalia Hall
11/08/17 - Detroit MI - Marble Bar
11/09/17 - Toronto ON -  Lee’s Palace
11/10/17 - Montreal QC - Bar le Ritz
11/12/17 - Boston MA - Great Scott
11/13/17 - Brooklyn NY - Music Hall of WIlliamsburg
11/14/17 - Philadelphia PA - First Unitarian Church
11/15/17 - Washington DC - U Street Music Hall
11/17/17 - Charlottesville VA - The Southern
11/18/17 - Durham NC - Motorco Music Hall
11/19/17 - Asheville NC - The Mothlight
12/06/17 - Little Rock AR - Stickyz
12/07/17 - Dallas TX - Club Dada
12/08/17 - Austin TX - Emo’s
12/09/17 - Houston TX - Walter’s
12/10/17 - New Orleans LA - Gasa Gasa
12/12/17 - Birmingham AL - Saturn
12/13/17 - Atlanta GA - Terminal West
12/14/17 - Nashville TN - Mercy Lounge
12/15/17 - Nashville TN - Mercy Lounge
2/16/18 - Norman OK - The Opolis
2/17/18 - Santa Fe NM - Meow Wolf
2/18/18 - Phoenix AZ - Valley Bar
2/24/18 - Eugene OR - Hi-Fi Music Lounge
2/26/18 - Vancouver BC - Biltmore Cabaret 
2/28/18 - Seattle WA - Neumos
3/1/18 - Spokane WA - The Bartlett
3/2/18 - Boise ID - Neurolux
3/3/18 - Salt Lake City UT - Kilby Court
3/5/18 - Denver CO - Larimer Lounge
3/6/18 - Kansas City MO - Record Bar

Posted by Rachel White

NEWS : TUE, AUG 29, 2017 at 7:00 AM

See/Hear: Wolf Parade’s “You’re Dreaming” Is A Politically-Charged New Track From ‘Cry Cry Cry’ (out October 6th)

Visual animated by Scorpion Dagger.

Wolf Parade’s “You’re Dreaming” is a politically-charged standout from Cry Cry Cry, the group’s forthcoming new album due out October 6th.

“You’re Dreaming” is urgent power pop with lyrics inspired by the shock and confusion following the 2016 election (“All these scenes of shattered glass / All your systems in collapse”).  Irreverent new animations from returning collaborator and visual artist Scorpion Dagger (“Valley Boy”) accompany the track.

“You’re Dreaming” Lyrics:

Why’re you looking lost
When you’re standing right beside me
You were turning off
Open up your eyes you’re sleeping

You’re dreaming
You’re dreaming
You’re dreaming

Never mind the time
I’m up all night with the Century Ghosts
They don’t have a mind
They would never think of leaving

And we’re dreaming
We’re dreaming
We’re dreaming

All these scenes of shattered glass
All your systems in collapse
On the screen the move so fast it’s just like life
But we’re dreaming

I got
Metal in my blood
Dancing around to the magnets
What about our love
So hard to start in a violent age
And i don’t wanna
I don’t wanna live in the place anymore
Everybody cries
Everybody needs some comfort

From dreaming
Dreaming
Dreaming

I want to change my whole life
And forever in the place
Is just a day
Just a day

All these scenes of shattered glass
All your systems in collapse
On the screen they move so fast it’s just like life
But we’re dreaming

Another scene more shattered glass
Every system in collapse 
A billion screens they move so fast but that’s not life
You’re dreaming
Dreaming

It’s in the blood
It’s in the blood
It’s in the blood


[Photo Credit: Shane McCauley]

Wolf Parade’s thunderous Cry Cry Cry, featuring the aforementioned “You’re Dreaming” and “Valley Boy” [watch here], will be available on CD / 2xLP / DL / CS worldwide from Sub Pop on Friday, October 6th, 2017, and available in Canada from Universal Music.  Pre-order is on now worldwide from Sub Pop and in Canada from Universal Records via Wolf Parade’s webstore right here. LP pre-orders through megamart.subpop.com and select independent retailers in the U.S. will receive the limited loser edition on creme colored vinyl (while supplies last). There’s also a brand new t-shirt design available for your bundling pleasure.


 
Of  “Valley Boy,” Uproxx raved and called it “an exuberant new song.”  Brooklyn Vegan adds, “It’s got not one but two of those classic singalong Krug hooks (the chorus and the “the radio’s been playing all your songs” line, a line Krug says about the late Leonard Cohen).  As these live shows have been reminding us, Wolf Parade are not just great pop songwriters but they really know how to let loose as musicians, and the jammy instrumental bridge of “Valley Boy” is a fine example of that.”  Meanwhile, Stereogumcalls “Valley Boy” “a grand, searching, theatrical rocker.” And Paste offers this, “[It] exemplifies Wolf Parade’s unique combination of energetic, textural sounds with complex, emotional lyrics and—if anything—proves the band is definitely back and ready to make up for lost time.”

 

Wolf Parade Tour Dates + Ticket Links

Wolf Parade’s previously announced fall 2017 international tour dates in support of Cry Cry Cry, resume September 5th in Quebec City at Videotron Center through December 2nd in Stockholm at Strand. The band will also act as direct support for The Arcade Fire September 5th through September 28th (select dates).  Meanwhile, support for Wolf Parade’s headlining North American dates will come from Barsuk Records act Charly Bliss (October 13th-27th).

Sep. 05 - Quebec City, QC - Videotron Center*
Sep. 06 - Montreal, QC - Bell Centre*
Sep. 08 - South Burlington, VT - Higher Ground
Sep. 09 - Ottawa, ON - Canadian Tire Center*
Sep. 21 - Duluth, GA - Infinite Energy Arena*
Sep. 22 - Tampa, FL - USF Sun Dome*
Sep. 23 - Coral Gables, FL - Watsco Center*
Sep. 24 - St. Augustine, FL - St. Augustine, FL Amphitheatre*
Sep. 26 - New Orleans, LA - UNO Lakefront Arena*
Sep. 27 - Austin, TX - Frank Erwin Center*
Sep. 28 - Dallas, TX - American Airlines Center*
Oct. 13 - Toronto, ON - Phoenix Concert Theatre**
Oct. 15 - Buffalo, NY - Town Ballroom**
Oct. 16 - Cleveland, OH - House of Blues
Oct. 19 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer**
Oct. 20 - Boston, MA - Royale**
Oct. 21 - Brooklyn, NY - Brooklyn Steel
Oct. 22 - Washington, DC - Black Cat**
Oct. 24 - Chicago, IL - Thalia Hall
Oct. 25 - South Saginaw, MI - The Crofoot Ballroom
Oct. 26 - Milwaukee, WI - Turner Hall**
Oct. 27 - Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue**
Nov. 15 - Amsterdam, NL - Melkweg
Nov. 17- Paris, FR - Petit Bain
Nov. 18 - Bristol, UK - Thekla
Nov. 20 - Dublin, UK - Button Factory
Nov. 21 - Manchester, UK - Gorilla
Nov. 22 - London, UK - O2 Forum
Nov. 24 - Brussels, BE - Botanique (Orangerie)
Nov. 25 - Nancy, FR - L’ autre Canal
Nov. 26 - Basel, CH - Kaserne
Nov. 27 - Munich, DE - Hansa 39
Nov. 29 - Berlin, DE - Bi Nuu
Nov. 30 - Hamburg, DE - Gruenspan
Dec. 01 - Copenhagen, DK - Loppen
Dec. 02 - Stockholm, SE - Strand
*w/ The Arcade Fire
** w/ Charly Bliss



Posted by Rachel White

NEWS : FRI, AUG 25, 2017 at 9:00 AM

Iron & Wine’s ‘Beast Epic’, His Internationally Acclaimed New Album, Is In Stores Now and Streaming Online

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2018 European Tour Dates Are Announced + Watch His CBS Saturday Morning & Pitchfork Live Performances


Listen on Spotify | Apple Music | YouTube

Iron & Wine recently appeared on CBS Saturday Morning to perform Beast Epic tracks “Call it Dreaming”[see here], “Thomas County Law”[see here] and rarity “Call Your Boys”[see here]. He also recorded a gorgeous 40-min, career-spanning set with Pitchfork Live [see here].

Iron & Wine’s Beast Epic, which features the standouts “Call It Dreaming”, “Thomas County Law”, “Bitter Truth” and “About A Bruise,” was written and produced by Sam Beam. It was recorded and engineered by Tom Schick at the Loft in Chicago in July 2016 and January 2017, and mastered by Richard Dodd in Nashville, Tennessee. The musicians who played on the album include longtime Iron & Wine collaborators Rob Burger (keys), Joe Adamik (percussion, drums), and Jim Becker (guitar, banjo, violin, mandolin), along with bassist Sebastian Steinberg (Soul Coughing and Fiona Apple), and Chicagoan Teddy Rankin-Parker (cello). 

Beast Epic is available from Sub Pop here, Iron & Wine’s official webstore here, and in finer independent retailers across the globe. It’s available in the following formats:

  • A Deluxe 2xLP version on red & blue vinyl with alternate artwork, two bonus tracks from the Beast Epic recording sessions along with three home recorded demos and an etching on side D.
  • A single LP on black vinyl
  • CD
  • Digital
  • CS


Tour Dates + Ticket Links

Iron & Wine has added headlining European dates to his 2017/18 tour schedule in support of Beast Epic, which begin January 14th in Reykjavic (at Eidborg) and end on February 16th in London (at Eventim Apollo). Tickets for all UK/EU dates will be on general sale at 10AM local time on Friday, September 1st.

These dates are preceded by US touring, which spans August 26th at Fayetteville (at the sold-out Roots Festival) and ends with a two night stand in New York on November 13th (at Town Hall) and 14th (at Brooklyn Steel). For up to date information on tickets, please visit ironandwine.com/tours.
 
Summer 2017
Aug. 26 - Fayetteville, AR - Roots Festival - SOLD OUT
Aug. 27 - Columbia, MO - The Blue Note %
Aug. 28 - Chattanooga, TN - Tivoli Theatre %
Aug. 29 - Birmingham, AL - Saturn % - SOLD OUT
Aug. 30 - Louisville, KY - WFPK on the Waterfront
Aug. 31 - Nashville, TN - Lightning 100’s Live On the Green
Aug. 31 - Nashville, TN - Blue Room at Third Man Records - SOLD OUT
 
Fall 2017
Oct. 12 - Chicago, IL - Thalia Hall*
Oct. 13 - Chicago, IL - Thalia Hall # - SOLD OUT
Oct. 14 - St Paul,MN - Palace Theatre #
Oct. 15 - Lincoln, NE - Rococo Theatre #
Oct. 17 - Missoula, MT - Wilma Theater #
Oct. 18 - Seattle, WA - Moore Theater #
Oct. 19 - Eugene, OR - McDonald Theater  #
Oct. 20 - Portland, OR  - Aladdin Theate  # - SOLD OUT
Oct. 21 - San Francisco, CA - Warfield Theatre #
Oct. 26 - Los Angeles, CA - The Cathedral Sanctuary at Immanuel Presbyterian*  - SOLD OUT
Oct. 27 - Pioneertown, CA - Pappy & Harriet’s* - SOLD OUT
Oct. 28 - San Diego, CA -  Balboa #
Oct. 29 - Phoenix, AZ - Van Buren #
Oct. 30 - Albuquerque, NM - El Rey  #
Nov. 01 - Dallas, TX - The Kessler # - SOLD OUT
Nov. 02 - San Antonio, TX - The Aztec Theater #
Nov. 03 - Houston, TX - The Heights # - SOLD OUT
Nov. 04 - New Orleans, LA - Joy Theater #
Nov. 06 -  Ft Lauderdale, FL - Culture Room#
Nov. 07 - Orlando, FL - The Beacham #
Nov. 09 - Washington DC - Lincoln Theatre # - SOLD OUT
Nov. 10 - New Haven, CT - College Street Music Hall  #
Nov. 11 -  Boston, MA -  Berklee Performance Center # - SOLD OUT
Nov. 12 - Northampton, MA - Calvin Theatre #
Nov. 13 - New York, NY - Town Hall #
Nov. 14 - Brooklyn, NY - Brooklyn Steel*
 
Winter 2018
Jan. 14 - Reykjavic, IS - Eidborg
Jan. 16 - Helsinki, FI - House of Culture
Jan. 18 - Stockholm, SE - Nalen
Jan. 19 - Oslo, NO - Sentrum Scene
Jan. 20 - Gothenburg, SE - Pustervik
Jan. 22 - Copenhagen, DK - Vega
Jan. 23 - Aarhus, DK - Voxhall
Jan. 25 - Berlin, DE - Huxleys
Jan. 26 - Hamburg, DE - Uebel & Gefahrlich
Jan. 27 - Amsterdam, NL - Paradiso
Jan. 29 - Brussels, BE - Ancienne Belgique
Jan. 30 - Cologne, DE - Gloria
Feb. 01 - Munich, DE - Muffathalle
Feb. 02 - Zurich, CH -  X-Tra
Feb. 05 - Milan, IT - Santeria Social Club
Feb. 06 - Vienna, AT - WUK
Feb. 08 - Prague, CZ - Hybernia
Feb. 10 - Wiesbadan, DE -  Sclachthof
Feb. 11 - Paris, FR - Cafe De La Danse
Feb. 13 - Birmingham, UK - Symphony Hall
Feb. 14 - Dublin, IE - The Helix
Feb. 15 - Manchester, UK - Bridgewater Hall
Feb. 16 - London, UK -  Eventim Apollo
 
% w/Lydia Loveless
# w/John Moreland
* w/OHMME



What “The People” are saying about Beast Epic:
“Everything about Beast Epic feels true to Iron & Wine. Beam neither abandons his greater ambitions nor overindulges. He’s making a return trip to his roots, offering a gentle reminder of his early records’ simple beauty while allowing himself the freedom to build.” - American Songwriter

“A confident album from an artist who isn’t afraid to merge the past and present, Sam Beam continues to audibly demonstrate why he’s one of the most gifted songwriters of his time.” [8.1/10] - PASTE
 
“Beam has written his most affecting, impressive set of songs in a long time—maybe ever—and that’s saying something for a guy whose songwriting rarely misses, even when he’s stretching his sonic wings. Beast Epic strikes a perfect balance between gorgeous and world-weary from the first note to the last.” [Grade: A] – AV CLUB

It is the sound of Iron & Wine returning home, ending one chapter and beginning another…He finds comfort in retracing his own steps. This doesn’t mean sacrificing production value or abandoning the use of outside players, but everything here takes a backseat to Beam’s melodies. When subtleties appear—the vocal harmonies that underscore the emotional swells of “Bitter Truth,” the despondent violins and dusty pianos echoing from what sounds like another room in “Summer Clouds”—they are in service of songs that could stand comfortably without them. Working as his own producer with a live recording style and few overdubs, Beam has never sounded more in control. Even the album’s most sweeping production, the slow-building single “Call It Dreaming,” remains focused as Beam adds percussion, cello, and keys to his pristine and determined vocals. When the album closes with the fragile “Our Light Miles,” and Beam attempts to lob a delicate falsetto as a big finish, it cements Beast Epic as some of the best singing of his career. - Pitchfork
 
“Fifteen years after his first album, Sam Beam still has the capacity to surprise…Beast Epic serves as a valuable way point in Iron & Wine’s still-evolving legacy. Whatever sonic paths his next record treads, Beam has proven, to his fans’ great relief, that he’ll always know the way back home. ” [Grade: B] - Consequence of Sound
 
“With Beast Epic, Beam enlists the beguiling calm in his manner–he reaches for the cooling restraint of his masterful Our Endless Numbered Days, and polishes it with the draping bougainvillea in his beard, a robust production that’s decidedly stripped, at its best moments approaching the finest parts of The Shepherd’s Dog.” -Under The Radar
 
“The album may lack an atmosphere of immediacy but you’ll soon love it, from the charms of the gently chugging Bitter Truth via the sublime melody of Call It Dreaming.” - [4/5] Sunday Times ‘Album of the Week’
 
“With Beast Epic Beam has delivered a suite of songs that is equal to anything he’s done before.” - The Quietus
 
“Iron & Wine’s sixth album essays yet more romantic, Americana–tinged songwriting… The songs may be modest, but their sure–footed craft creates profound, 12 tog comfort”
[4/5] The Guardian 
 
“The record unfolds its songs of faith, hope and sudden clarity slowly, little glints and catches commanding attention. It might not look like its going to leap out and grab you, but Beam here launches a soft emotional punch.” [4/5] -  MOJO 
 
“Beam employs pastoral and ecclesiastical imagery to capture those moments of rapture, regret and redemption that become life markers.”[8/10] - Uncut 
 
Beast Epic marks a loop back to the more insular feel of his earlier material, from the bare–boned opener Claim Your Ghost to the gentle warmth of Call It Dreaming. The result is surprisingly refreshing – a kind of father–to–son conversation between songwriter and song.” [4/5] -  Q Magazine 
 
“Beast Epic is an effortless acoustic swell… A warm, kind album that has songs up there with Beam’s best.” [4/5] - Record Collector 
 
“A superb collection of musings on the passing of time… One of our finest contemporary songwriters.” [4/5] - Shindig 
 
“Timeless American folk that charms the listener with its sense of comfort and calm… A dreamy delight from start to finish.”[9/10] - Long Live Vinyl 
 
“Beam’s dynamic playing is pitched perfectly with the soothing qualities of his voice and melodies… One of his strongest records yet.”[8/10] Guitarist 
 
“There’s a warm and welcoming intimacy throughout this album… One of Beam’s strongest musical statements yet.” [4/5] - Total Guitar 

“The maturity of a life long lived forms the basis of the album’s 11 songs… This is tender and meditative music that contemplates the complex tapestry of existence.” - Classic Rock


Posted by Rachel White

NEWS : THU, AUG 24, 2017 at 7:00 AM

Sub Pop Will Release The Comprehensive Anthology From Legendary Seattle Band The U-Men on Nov. 3rd. Now hear “Dig It a Hole”

This 3LP/2CD set collects the entire studio-recorded output of the U-Men, remastered, plus 5 unreleased songs, with 16 pages of photos, liner notes and interviews w/ the band. Executive produced by Jack Endino.

Yes, you read it and even we can’t quite believe it’s true. So let us calmly reassure you that YES … IT’S FUCKING TRUE. Sub Pop Records will release U-Men, the self-titled anthology from the legendary Seattle band, worldwide on Friday, November 3rd, 2017.

This comprehensive remastered collection features the track you just pressed ‘play’ on, “Dig It a Hole”.


U-Men is now available for preorder from Sub Pop right here and is available in the following formats:

  • 3xLP box set housed in a cardboard slipcase with printed inner sleeves + 16-page booklet
  • 2xCD digipack with custom dust sleeves + 16-page booklet
  • Digitally

U-Men
Tracklisting:

Volume 1
1. Blight
2. Flowers DGIH
3. Shoot ‘em Down
4. Gila
5. Trouble Under Water
6. Mystery Pain
7. Last Lunch
 
Volume 2
1. Clubs
2. The Fumes
3. Cow Rock
4. Green Trumpet
5. A Year and a Day
6. Ten After One
7. They!
8. U-Men Stomp
9. Solid Action
10. Dig It a Hole
 
Volume 3
1. Whistlin’ Pete
2. 2 X 4
3. A Three Year Old Could Do That
4. Juice Party
5. Flea Circus
6. Too Good to Be Food
7. Willie Dong Hurts Dogs
8. Papa Doesn’t Love His Children Anymore
9. Pay the Bubba
10. Freezebomb
11. That’s Wild About Jack
12. Bad Little Woman
13. Selfish


[Photo Credit: Cam Garrett]

More on the U-Men from Mudhoney’s Mark Arm: 
The U-Men are one of the best bands I’ve ever seen. They were hypnotic, frenetic, powerful and compelling. It was impossible to resist getting sucked into their weird, darkly absurd world. They effortlessly blended The Sonics, Link Wray, Pere Ubu, and Captain Beefheart. Their shows were loose-limbed, drunken dance parties and no two shows were alike. The U-Men were avant garage explorers and, most importantly, they fucking rocked. I was lucky enough to live in their hometown and I saw them every chance I could.  
 
From 1983 to 1987, the U-Men were the undisputed kings of the Seattle Underground. No one else came close. They ruled a bleak backwater landscape populated by maybe 200 people. They were the only band that could unify the disparate sub-subcultures and get all 200 of those people to fill a room. Anglophilic, dress-dark Goths; neo-psych MDA acolytes; skate punks who shit in bathtubs at parties; Mod vigilantes who tormented the homeless with pellet guns; college kids who thought college kids were lame; Industrial Artistes; some random guy with a moustache; and eccentrics who insisted that they couldn’t be pigeonholed: all coalesced around the U-Men.
 
Sub Pop co-founder, Bruce Pavitt released the first record by the U-Men, a 4-song 12” EP on Bombshelter Records. By the time they had recorded songs for another record, Bruce was too broke to release it on his proto-Sub Pop label, so he hooked them up with Gerard Cosloy at Homestead Records. This was a big deal. Homestead had a heavy rep at the time with recent releases by Foetus, Nick Cave, Sonic Youth, and Big Black. I was sure that the release of their second 12”, Stop Spinning, would propel the U-Men into the ranks of those Homestead acts and the worldwide underground would get hip to Seattle’s finest.
 
The U-Men bought a pink school bus and made a couple of valiant attempts at touring. Touring was tough in those days. You’d arrive in town and learn that the show you thought you had fell through. Communication was difficult and long-distance phone calls were expensive. The band stayed in Austin for a month just to play two shows. They became fast friends with Poison 13, Butthole Surfers, Scratch Acid, The Hickoids, and Tales of Terror. Without any income they starved. Starvation and stress amplified fractures within the band and soon bassist Jim Tillman was out. That was the end of the classic line-up of the U-Men.
 
They remained a very good band, but with Jim they were a great band and they never quite recovered. They recorded two fantastic singles, but something was missing live. They must have sensed it because they played fewer and fewer shows. They recorded their one full-length album, Step on a Bug, for Black Label which was run out of Fallout Records. They became increasingly disenchanted with the direction the Seattle underground was heading and called it quits in 1989. The U-Men had nothing to do with Grunge. They were their own unique thing. I loved them and I still miss them.  
 
I remember thinking at the time that most of their recordings were a little soft and didn’t capture the power of the band live. Now, thirty years later, their records sound great to me and we are lucky that they exist. I’m stoked that Sub Pop compiled these long out-of-print records and scrounged up some unreleased songs so that everyone has a chance to take a trip back to old weird Seattle.

The U-Men were…
Tom Price – Guitar
John Bigley – Vocals
Charlie Ryan – Drums
Jim Tillman – Bass (1982-86)
And
Robin Buchan – Bass (1980-82)
Tom Hazelmyer – Bass (1987)
Tony Ransom – Bass (1987-89)

 


Posted by Rachel White

NEWS : TUE, AUG 22, 2017 at 11:00 AM

METZ Share Potent New Track “Mess of Wires” from Upcoming LP ‘Strange Peace’

Strange Peace will be out September 22, 2017 from Sub Pop Records (Worldwide, ex-Canada) and Royal Mountain Records (in Canada).


“Mess of Wires” is the latest (and arguably greatest) song to be released from METZ’s forthcoming album Strange Peace. Zane Lowe gave the song its World First premiere on his Beats 1 show on Apple Music earlier today (which can be accessed here).
 
As described by METZ Frontman, Alex Edkins, “Mess of Wires” is “a reminder to myself to speak out and say what I believe. To be honest with myself. It is common to feel that your thoughts are inconsequential, a drop in the echo-chamber, but silence can be worse. Speak out about what you believe in, loud and often. In the spirit of this song, I want to strongly condemn the violent and hateful actions of the white-supremacists and neo-nazis in Charlottesville, VA. this past week. Their vile attempts to incite division and fear through intimidation and violence have no place in this world.”


[Photo Credit: Ebru Yildiz]

METZ Tour Dates + Ticket Links

METZ will be touring extensively throughout North America and Europe, beginning with a two-night stand September 5th and 6th in Atlanta at 529 and continuing through to December 16th in Houston at Warehouse Live. In the midst of that run, METZ will serve as direct support for Modest Mouse on October 10th and 11th. Additionally, METZ will play shows with Suuns (September 29th-30th), Uniform (October 2nd-8th), Protomartyr (Sept. 22nd and November 2nd-8th), Brian Case (November 9th), Drahla (November 12th-24th), and Cherubs (December 15th). Their current tour dates are as follows:
 
Sep. 05 - Atlanta, GA - 529
Sep. 06 - Atlanta, GA - 529
Sep. 07- Raleigh, NC - Hopscotch Festival
Sep. 22 - Detroit, MI - Detroit Princess Riverboat !
Sep. 23 - Madison, WI - Majestic Theatre
Sep. 25 - Chicago, IL - Thalia Hall
Sep. 29 - Toronto, ON - Lee’s Palace *
Sep. 30 - Toronto, ON - Lee’s Palace *
Oct. 02 - Boston, MA - Sinclair #
Oct. 03 - Philadelphia, PA - The First Unitarian Church #
Oct. 04 - Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg #
Oct. 05 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom #
Oct. 06 - Washington, DC - Rock & Roll Hotel #
Oct. 07 - Hamden, CT - The Ballroom
Oct. 08 - Montreal, QC - La Sala Rosa
Oct. 10 - Providence, RI - Lupo’s **
Oct. 11 - Sayreville, NJ - Starland Ballroom **
Oct. 18 - Halifax, NS - The Marquee (Halifax Pop Explosion)
Nov. 02 - Prague, Czech Republic - Futurum !
Nov. 03 -  Wroclaw, Poland - Klub Firlej !
Nov. 04 -  Warsaw, Poland - Klub Hydrozagadka !
Nov. 06 - Berlin, Germany - Bi Nuu !
Nov. 07 - Copenhagen, Denmark - Loppen !
Nov. 08 - Hamburg, Germany - Knust !
Nov. 09 - Zwolle, Netherlands - Poppodium Hedon  ^
Nov. 10 - Kortrijk, Belgium - De Kruen (Sonic City Festival)
Nov. 11 - Utrecht, Netherlands - Le Guess Who? Festival
Nov. 12 - Le Havre, France - Le Tetris %
Nov. 14 - Nimes, France - La Paloma %
Nov. 15 - Bordeaux, France - Theatre Barbey %
Nov. 16 - Toulouse, France - Club Metronum %
Nov. 17 - Barcelona, Spain - La (2) De Apolo %
Nov. 18 - Madrid, Spain - Moby Dick %
Nov. 20 - Nantes, France - Pole Etudiant %
Nov. 21 - Paris, France - Le Trabendo %
Nov. 22 - London, UK - The Garage %
Nov. 23 - Bristol, UK - The Fleece %
Nov. 24 - Leeds, UK - Brudenell Social Club %
Nov. 25 - Brighton, UK - The Haunt 
Dec. 07 - Seattle, WA - Neumos
Dec. 08 - Vancouver, BC - Cobalt
Dec. 09 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir
Dec. 11 - San Francisco, CA - Independent
Dec. 12 - Los Angeles, CA - Teragram
Dec. 13 - San Diego, CA - Casbah
Dec. 15 - Austin, TX - Mohawk &
Dec. 16 - Houston, TX - Studio @ Warehouse Live
* w/ SUUNS
# w/ Uniform
! w/ Protomartyr
^ w/ Brian Case
% w/ Drahla
& w/ Cherubs
** w// Modest Mouse



Strange Peace is available for pre-order now from both Sub Pop and Royal Mountain Records. Canadian fans can pre-order the new record here.

LP pre-orders of the Sub Pop album from 
megamart.subpop.com and select independent retailers will receive the limited Loser Edition on clear vinyl with red and green swirls (while supplies last).

Posted by Rachel White