Pop & Hardly Art artists Danny Bland, Chastity Belt, King Tuff, La
Luz, Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires, Luluc, METZ, and
THEESatisfaction, along with our friends Rat Fist (feat. Randy from No
Age), will appear at the 2015 edition of SXSW. Please find a complete
schedule for each artist below.
DANNY BLAND (Sub Pop) Friday, March 20th 4:00 pm / Book signing @ SXBookstore Address: Ballroom D Foyer at the Austin Convention Center, 500 E. Cesar Chavez St.
5-6pm / SxSW Panel: Books Are the New Vinyl (w/ Chuck D, Marc Gerald, Frank Turner, moderated by Rynda Laurel) Address: Room 16AB at the Austin Convention Center, 500 E. Cesar Chavez St.
CHASTITY BELT (Hardly Art) Wednesday, March 18th 4:30pm / She Shreds Showcase @ Cheer Up Charlie’s (Outside stage) Address: 900 Red River St.
12:00am / 720 Club Patio (SXSW Official Showcase) Address: 720 Red River St. (8th St Entrance)
Thursday, March 19th 2:30pm / Brooklyn Vegan Day Showcase @ Red 7 Address: 711 Red River St. 9:00pm / Gorilla vs Bear Showacse + Hype Hotel Address: 1100 E. 5th St.
Friday, March 20th 1:00pm / Gnar Tapes + Strange Victory Day Party @ Beerland Address: 711 Red River St.
4:00pm / She Shreds + Tom Tom Showcase @ Zen Fit Address: 2200 E. 7th St.
5:30pm / Third Man Records Showcase Address: Home Slice Pizza - 1415 S. Congress Ave.
METZ will releaseII, 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.
2. The Swimmer
3. Spit You Out
7. Nervous System
8. Wait in Line
9. Eyes Peeled
10. Kicking a Can of Worms
More on METZ:
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
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
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
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
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).”
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.
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.
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
2014 SUB POP FESTIVAL IN SAO PAULO, GOIANIA, SANTIAGO, AND BUENOS AIRES
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
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
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).
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.