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NEWS : TUE, FEB 17, 2015 at 12:00 AM

METZ to Release ‘II’ on May 5th - Hear a New Track Now

METZ will release II, the follow up to their critically acclaimed S/T debut on CD / LP / DL worldwide May 4th & 5th through Sub Pop Records. The album, featuring the highlights “Acetate,” “The Swimmer,” “Wait in Line,” and seven others, was recorded at various studios throughout Ontario, Canada, and produced and mixed by the band with assistance from returning engineer Graham Walsh. You can now listen to “Acetate” through this pancake-fueled not-the-video directed by multimedia artist Travis Millard (Dinosaur Jr.).

METZ’s 2015 North American and European tour schedule in support of II currently spans February 21st through July 26th. Along the way they’ll play shows with Lightning Bolt (April 15th-18th), Fidlar (May 11th-19th; May 21st-30th), Protomartyr (May 1st-2nd), and Bad Breeding (June 16th). The trek also includes a week of shows at SXSW in Austin, TX. Please find a complete list of tour dates below (see Pitchfork News Story February 17th).

METZ II is now available for preorder 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, there will be two new T-shirt designs available, both individually and as part of a bundle with purchase of the new record.


METZ

II
Track Listing:

1. Acetate
2. The Swimmer
3. Spit You Out
4. Zzyzx
5. IOU
6. Landfill
7. Nervous System
8. Wait in Line
9. Eyes Peeled
10. Kicking a Can of Worms

More on METZ:
“What happens when a seemingly irresistible force meets an immovable object is a serviceable metaphor for the music METZ creates, both live and on record. Now behold II, the concussive new full-length from what is arguably North America’s finest touring rock band. Written and recorded in 2014, after two years of constant touring behind their rightly adored self-titled debut, II is METZ at their most true to form—as pure an expression of what they do as can currently be committed to tape. The guitars are titanic, the drums ill-tempered, the vocals chilling, and the volume worrisome. Though they incorporated new instruments, (baritone guitar, tape loops, piano, synth, found sounds) and stretched out the arrangements, they still managed to “stay true to what made us tick in the first place: that immediacy,” Edkins calls it. “If it punches you in the gut (read more at Sub Pop).”

What people have said about METZ:
“It’s just about always clobbering time for Metz, a three-man Canadian band that has reclaimed and distilled post-punk into a galloping, scrabbling, feedback-laced catharsis. The arrangements and production on “Metz” (Sub Pop) focus the music into a bristling, concentrated attack, so fierce that the complaints that fill the lyrics come across  as full-blown existential crises.”
[Top 10 Albums of 2012] - New York Times

“The technology to crank your guitar up to huge, ear-busting levels can be purchased over the counter, but bands that can pull off volume while inducing claustrophobia are something special. Metz are such a band. The Toronto-based trio’s Sub Pop debut is pure pummel and ugliness in the best sense. The drums thunder away like they’re being bludgeoned at the bottom of an elevator shaft. The bass and guitar pound minimalist patterns through a curtain of fuzz and grit. The songs sound live– not in the sense that they were recorded as-performed, but in the way that represents what loud bands actually sound like when they turn up at a grimy club with cement walls. High frequencies bounce through the stereo field. The vocals seem feedback-baked and half-strangled.”  
[Top 50 Albums of 2012] - Pitchfork

“In the past ten years, independent bands have inched back toward the musical aggression that was something of a default for the community in the late eighties and early nineties. METZ, a trio from Toronto, have fully revived this confrontational, skilled and energetic approach.”
The New Yorker

Tour Dates:
Feb. 21 - Pasadena, CA - Air & Style Los Angeles @ Rose Bowl
Feb. 28 - Mexico City, MX - NRMAL Festival
Mar. 03 - London, UK - 100 Club [Sold Out]
Mar. 05 - Paris, FR - Point Ephemere
Mar. 16 - Austin, TX - SXSW
Mar. 18 - Austin, TX - SXSW
Mar. 19 - Austin, TX - SXSW
Mar. 20 - Austin, TX - SXSW
Apr. 15 - Buffalo, NY - Mohawk Place*
Apr. 16 - Columbus, OH - Double Happiness*
Apr. 17 - Cleveland, OH - Beachland Ballroom*
Apr. 18 - Ferndale, MI - The Loving Touch*
May 01 - Toronto, ON - Lee’s Palace^
May 02 - Toronto, ON - Lee’s Palace^
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. 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
Jul. 24 - 26 - Oro-Medonte, ON - WayHome Music & Arts Festival
* w/ Lightning Bolt
** w/ FIDLAR
^ w/ Protomartyr
^^ w/ Bad Breeding


Posted by Sam Sawyer

NEWS : MON, JUN 30, 2014 at 12:00 AM

Hear METZ’s Blistering Cover of The Urinals “I’m A Bug” + Tour Dates

The ever-mighty METZ have dropped a blistering cover of “I’m A Bug,” originally recorded by SoCal punk band The Urinals. Stereogum, who premiered the track had this to say, ”“I’m A Bug” is one many fine minimalist outbursts by late-’70s SoCal punk trio The Urinals, but there’s nothing minimalist about METZ. The Toronto trio are the latest to cover “I’m A Bug”…and they’ve turned it into one of their patented noise-rock onslaughts with typically bracing results. Which is to say: Like most METZ songs, this thing will squash you. (Like a bug, see).”

METZ are hitting the road this week for a North American west coast tour with Cloud Nothings.  The trek kicks-off July 2nd in Portland, OR at Hawthorne Theater and ends on July 8th & 9th with a two-night stand in Los Angeles, CA at the Roxy.  METZ will then head to the UK for a short tour, beginning August 10th in North Yorkshire, UK at Beacon Festival and ending on August 16th in London, UK for ATP’s Jabberwocky Festival at ExCel London.

Additionally, METZ has three festival appearances to mention: July 19th in Pemberton, BC at Pemberton Festival; October 4th in Sacramento, CA at TBD Fest; And November 7th-9th in Austin, TX at Fun Fun Fun Fest.  Please find a complete list of tour dates below.

METZ are currently hard at work on the follow up to their critically acclaimed, self-titled Sub Pop debut, which, you can, and should, pick up from Sub Pop here.

Tour Dates
Jul. 02 - Portland, OR - Hawthorne Theater*
Jul. 03 - Seattle, WA - Neumos*
Jul. 04 - Victoria, BC - Upstairs Cabaret*
Jul. 05 - Vancouver, BC - Rickshaw Theater*
Jul. 07 -  San Francisco, CA - Great American Music Hall*
Jul. 08 + 09 - Hollywood, CA -  Roxy LA*
Jul. 19 - Pemberton, BC - Pemberton Festival
Aug. 10 - North Yorkshire, UK -  Beacon Festival
Aug. 11 - Birmingham, UK - Hare & Hound
Aug. 12 - Sheffield , UK - Harley
Aug. 13 - St Albans, UK - Horn
Aug. 15 - Saint-Malo, FR - La Route du Rock Festival
Aug. 16 - London, UK - ATP’s Jabberwocky Festival @ ExCeL London
Oct. 04 - Sacramento, CA - TBD Fest
Nov. 07-.09 - Austin, TX -  Fun Fun Fun Fest
* w/ Cloud Nothings


Posted by Sam Sawyer

NEWS : WED, APR 23, 2014 at 12:00 PM

Sub Pop, Mudhoney, METZ, and Obits Head to Brazil (You Should Join!)

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2014 SUB POP FESTIVAL IN SAO PAULO, GOIANIA, SANTIAGO, AND  BUENOS AIRES

Brazil’s first-ever Sub Pop Festival, featuring Mudhoney, METZ and Obits will take place in May of 2014. A screening of the Mudhoney documentary film I’m Now, followed by a panel discussion with members of Mudhoney and METZ, and Sub Pop General Manager Chris Jacobs will kick off the event in Brazil. Preceding all of this, Mudhoney and METZ will make Sub Pop Festival stops in both Chile and Argentina. 

Construtora Música e Cultura and Inker Agência Cultural are honored to announce the very first SUB POP FESTIVAL, in Sao Paulo (May 14 and 15) and Goiania (May 16, as part of Festival Bananada), following appearances in Santiago, Chile (May 10), and Buenos Aires, Argentina (May 11).
Founded in 1988 by Bruce Pavitt and  Jonathan Poneman, SUB POP RECORDS set out to bring new independent bands from Washington State to international attention. In less than four years, SUB POP became known around the world, with early releases by Nirvana, Soundgarden and Mudhoney, putting Seattle on the global map. Celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2013, the label has gone on to help shape the world of underground rock and make important inroads into popular culture.

Sub Pop Festival organizers worked in close collaboration with the label to bring all three of this year’s artists to South America. For this first edition of the SUB POP FESTIVAL, the bands chosen represent the timeless appeal of the more raucous end of the Sub Pop spectrum: the seminal super-fuzz of Seattle’s Mudhoney, the loud and ecstatic noise-rock of Toronto trio METZ, and the melodic and muscular indie/garage rock of New York’s Obits.

Mudhoney also celebrated their 25th anniversary in 2013 and this will be their sixth time in Brazil. Frequently referenced alongside Nirvana, Sonic  Youth and Pearl Jam (Jeff Ament and Stone Gossard played in Green River with Mark and Steve from Mudhoney some 30 years ago), Mudhoney has more releases on Sub Pop than any other band. Their latest album, 2013’s Vanishing Point, shows them as sharp and fervent as ever.
  
While Mudhoney are Sub Pop veterans, Toronto power trio METZ are new-comers with teeth. METZ’s 2012 self-titled debut was described by The New Yorker as, “…a punishing, noisy, exhilarating thing, a deeply impolite racket that will only sound better live…” And The Guardian offered, “…a crush collision of Beatles melody and Big Black attack.”
 
Obits are a 4-piece band from New York who share members with bands such as Hot Snakes, Edsel, Drive Like Jehu, and Girls Against Boys. They have released three full-length records on Sub Pop, the latest of which is the 2013 release Bed & Bugs. They have been described as “…one of America’s mightiest, smartest rock bands playing at peak power” (by Exclaim!). Obits will perform at the two Sub Pop Festival events in Brazil only.

Mudhoney, METZ and Obits will play at Audio Club, São Paulo on May 15th, and also in Goiania, as part of Festival Bananada 2014 on May 16th. Mudhoney will also play in Uberlandia May 13th at Club Lounge for fans in Minas Gerais State.

May 14th fans are invited to a screening of I’m Now: The Story of Mudhoney, the documentary film covering Mudhoney’s journey from beginning to the present day. After the screening at Cine Olido, Mudhoney’s Mark Arm and Steve Turner, Chris Slorach from METZ, and SUB POP’s General Manager Chris Jacobs will discuss music, their experiences in their respective bands, and the label’s past, present and future with those in attendance.

 

Chris Jacobs by Chris Jacobs:
“Chris is the General Manager for Sub Pop Records, the Seattle record label perhaps most well-known for unintentionally ending the recording careers of such longstanding and excellent bands as Sleater-Kinney, Dead Moon and The Jesus and Mary Chain. Hired at Sub Pop in 1997 as Tour Publicist, during the functional equivalent of a managerial shift-change, Chris has since failed upwards into a wide range of positions, including: Advertising Director, Publicity Director, Marketing Director, Editor-in-Chief, and Senior Director of Special Projects. He also serves or has served as A&R representative for METZ, Beach House, Mudhoney, the Constantines, Grand Archives, Kinski, Low, Obits, The Baptist Generals, and Retribution Gospel Choir. Chris is responsible for such little-known slogans as “Going Out of Business Since 1988,” and “Podfisting Our Way to Your Blog, or Whatever,” as well as the label’s much-ignored 1999 “LP3” initiative. Prior to working at Sub Pop, Chris handled marketing and publicity for the alternative comics publisher Fantagraphics Books.”

 

SUB POP FESTIVAL – SÃO PAULO
14 May / Screening “I’m Now: The Story of Mudhoney” and Talk
Local: Cine Olido – Galeria Olido, Av. São João, 473, Centro.
Próximo das Estações República, Anhangabaú e São Bento
19h00 – Exibição do Documentário “I’m Now: The Story of Mudhoney” (1h42 / Ryan Short & Adam Pease).
20h45 – Bate-Papo com Chris Jacobs (Sub Pop), Mark Arm e Steve Turner (Mudhoney) e Chris Slorach (METZ).
Ingresso: gratuito, retirar ingresso com uma hora de antecedência.
Capacidade: 236 lugares
Censura: 12 anos.
Informações: 3331-8399 / 3397-0171
http://www.prefeitura.sp.gov.br/cidade/secretarias/cultura/galeria_olido/

15 May / Shows
Local: Audio Club - Av. Francisco Matarazzo, 694 – Barra Funda.
21h00 – Abertura da Casa/ DJ Set Steve Turner (Mudhoney)
22h00 – Obits
23h00 – METZ
00h00 – Mudhoney
01h15 – DJ set Adriano Cintra
Ingressos: www.ticket360.com.br / R$ 160,00 / 80,00 (meia entrada)
Censura: 18 anos.
Venda de produtos da Sub Pop pela Locomotiva Discos no dia do show.
Ingressos à venda também nas lojas:
Locomotiva Discos
Rua Barão de Itapetininga, 37, lojas 8 e 51 – República
Rua Teodoro Sampaio, 763, loja 3 - Pinheiros
(11) 3257-5938
London Calling
Rua Vinte e Quatro de Maio, 116 - República
(11) 3223-5300

SUB POP FESTIVAL – GOIÂNIA
16 May / @ Festival Bananada
With Mudhoney, METZ and Obits
www.festivalbananada.com.br
www.facebook.com/festivalbananada

SUB POP FESTIVAL – SANTIAGO, CHILE
10 May / Teatro La Cúpula
With Mudhoney and METZ
Abertura: Guiso
www.puntoticket.com/Evento.aspx?EventoID=FNA069

SUB POP FESTIVAL – BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA
11 May / Niceto Club

With Mudhoney and METZ
www.ticketek.com.ar/sub-pop-festival-pres-mudhoney-usa-metz-ca/niceto-club


Posted by Sam Sawyer

THU, JUN 27, 2013 at 4:07 AM

Download a New METZ Single

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Sub Pop recording artists, METZ, in conjunction with the wonderful weirdos over at [adult swim] have gifted the world with a new METZ digital single called “Can’t Understand” available for download here. Here’s (some of…) what Pitchfork had to say about it: ""Can’t Understand" is a physical proposition first and foremost, everything responding to the cerebral woes of its title with equal and opposite brute force." So, download “Can’t Understand” and rebuke those cerebral woes with an equal and opposite brute force (we believe that to be a Newtonian response to woe).


Posted by Sam Sawyer

FRI, JUN 7, 2013 at 3:54 AM

Sub Pop Silver Jubilee Line Up & Event Additions!

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We here at Sub Pop are feeling even more self-congratulatory than usual in sharing further details on our 25th anniversary celebration: the Sub Pop Records Silver Jubilee. To be held July 12th-13th in Seattle, Washington, the event will feature music and comedy performances by past and present Sub Pop and Sub Pop-related artists.

On Friday, July 12th, the previously announced Silver Jubil-eve: A 25th Anniversary Comedy Thing (for Charity!) takes place at the Moore Theatre. The evening will be hosted by Eugene Mirman and feature performances from Marc Maron, Jon Benjamin, Kristen Schaal, and Kurt Braunohler, with additional guests to be announced shortly. Tickets for the event are $25 and are on sale now, right here. More information is here.

Then, on Saturday, July 13th, our entirely FREE, all-ages festival will happen to a stretch of Airport Way in Seattle’s historic & colorful Georgetown neighborhood. The music lineup has been expanded to include friends of Sub Pop Built to Spill (fun fact: Built to Spill recorded their landmark album There’s Nothing Wrong with Love, for the Sub Pop offshoot and respected indie label Up Records in 1994). Also added to the lineup are Sub Pop artists “King Tuff”http://www.subpop.com/artists/king_tuff/, METZ, Chad VanGaalen, and the newest addition to the Sub Pop roster, clipping., from Los Angeles. Our sister label, Hardly Art, will host the “Hardly Art Sideshow Stage” at the Georgetown venue The Mix. The 21-and-over show, which features Hausu, Protomartyr, Deep Time, and more, will begin at 9pm. Please find full updated music lineup details below.

We’d also like to officially welcome clipping. to the Sub Pop family. The group joined the label earlier this month, and will release their label debut in 2014. In the meantime, listen to their album midcity here or watch their latest video for “bout that” here.

Finally, the temporary Sub Pop Mega Mart store, located in the heart of the Georgetown neighborhood, will open its doors on June 8th. Discerning music lovers will find records—including lots of rare and out-of-print colored vinyl—and merchandise from the label’s storied catalog, and take in an art exhibit featuring little-seen materials (sketches and artwork, label ads and press sheets, blue-lines and cutting room floor scraps) from throughout the label’s history. The store hours are Thursday-Saturday 12-8pm, and Sunday 12-6pm. The Sub Pop Mega Mart is at 6003 12th Avenue South in Seattle and will be open from June 8th until July 21st.

All proceeds from both the ticketed Silver Jubil-eve comedy night and donations collected from the Silver Jubilee music event will benefit local organizations 90.3FM KEXP, Northwest Harvest and the Northwest Parkinson’s Foundation. In addition to these worthy organizations, Sub Pop is fortunate to be working with the Georgetown Merchants Association and great businesses like Nordstrom, STG Presents, Uber, Top Pot Doughnuts, Chihuly Garden and Glass, Georgetown Brewing Company, the Sandbox, Fantagraphics Books, Georgetown Records, Via Tribunali, Elysian Brewing Company, and the Georgetown Inn to create a one-of-a-kind event in a one-of-a-kind neighborhood.

For more information and updates on the event, please visit silverjubilee.subpop.com.

Friday July 12, 2013
Sub Pop Records’ Silver Jubil-eve
A 25th Anniversary Comedy Thing (for Charity!)

At The Moore Theatre
7p.m. Door

Tickets $25, All Ages

Ticketing info here.
Lineup:
Eugene Mirman
Marc Maron
Jon Benjamin
Kristen Schaal
Kurt Braunholer

Saturday July 13th
Sub Pop’s Silver Jubilee

On Airport Way in Georgetown
10am-11pm

FREE, All Ages

Lineup:
Built to Spill
J Mascis
Mudhoney
Greg Dulli
Father John Misty
Shabazz Palaces
Shearwater
METZ
King Tuff
Pissed Jeans
Chad VanGaalen
The Baptist Generals
clipping.
Brothers of the Sonic Cloth (featuring Tad Doyle)
Jack Endino’s Earthworm
And special guest TBA

Hardly Art Sideshow Stage
The Mix
6006 12th Ave. S
9pm / 21+ / FREE

Lineup:
Hausu
Protomartyr
Deep Time
and special guests


Posted by Sam Sawyer

SUN, JUN 23, 2013 at 7:51 AM

Getting To Know Us: Mudhoney + METZ

We’re just under the three-week mark until the masses (our goal is to attract “the masses”) descend on the great Georgetown neighborhood of our beautiful and bountiful (cherries, apples, crab, grunge, et cetera) city, Seattle, WA, to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of consecutive years of business operation in what we’re calling the Sub Pop Silver Jubilee. On July 13th, a large number of bands in the immediate and extended Sub Pop family will populate a few stages scattered around Georgetown in this entirely FREE-TO-ENTER celebration of ourselves. In the previous several weeks, we’ve been introducing/reintroducing you to the artists playing the festival in a weekly column we’ve been calling Getting To Know Us; this week, we’re here to tell you a bit about the Toronto band, METZ, and a legendary Seattle-based band called The Mudhoney.

Canadian good guys Hayden, Alex, and Chris are the building blocks of METZ, the Toronto-based noise mongers. They punish ears with the basic formula of drums, bass, guitar and vocals, but they manage to do it in a way completely unto themselves and in a manner that will have you saying after every song, “Thank you, sir, may I have another”, and they will oblige. Watch the video for “Wet Blanket” from their 2012 debut, METZ.

Mudhoney are a difficult band to introduce/reintroduce to you in such short form because of their legendary status and their lynch pin-importance to the formation (and sustainment) of Sub Pop—which is to say, I’m going to blow it trying. Mudhoney have been a band for 25 years now, have released a lot of records, toured endlessly, and were one of the triggers that placed Seattle squarely in the center of the universe in the early nineties. They’re also possibly the only band that left Sub Pop for a different record label and later got back together with us so we could continue to make sweet music together—if Sub Pop had a spouse, it’s certainly Mudhoney. Like I said, I was going to blow it trying to tell you about the Mudhoney’s greatness, and I have succeeded in that. So, please just watch the accompanying video for “I Like It Small” from Vanishing Point and than you should probably watch the video for my favorite Mudhoney song ever, “Good Enough”, from 1991’s Every Good Boy Deserves Fudge.

METZ and Mudhoney, two bands by themselves that could fill the entire neighborhood of Georgetown with “masses”, but only two of many bands playing the FREE Sub Pop Silver Jubilee. Join us July 13th for the festivities; your ears will be ringing with bliss when it’s all over.

For full event details, this is hyperlinked sentence you’re looking for.


Posted by Sam Sawyer