Hey, guess what? Starting today, you can listen to the excellent self-titled debut from Weird Nightmare in its entirety. Weird Nightmare is, of course, the electrifying new project from METZ guitarist and singer Alex Edkins. This new album features the standout singles, “Lusitania,” “Searching for You”, “Wrecked (feat. Bully), and now “Darkroom”.” You can listen to the full album here.
LP pre-orders from megamart.sub pop.com, select independent retailers in North America, and in the UK, and in Europe will receive the album on Transparent Cotton Candy Swirl vinyl and Coke Bottle Clear vinyl respectively and while supplies last (please see below mock-up).
Weird Nightmare has a clutch of North American shows, including a hometown album release show on May 21st in Toronto, ON at The Baby G. The band will also hit the road on a 7-date co-headlining tour with labelmates Kiwi Jr. Click here for a full list of shows.
What people have been saying about Weird Nightmare:
“…an enjoyable authentic collection of alt. pop emotions that are performed with passion and feeling rather than technical perfection. Weird Nightmare will bring a little noisy sunshine to your day.” - Narc
“‘Wrecked,’ Weird Nightmare’s third and latest single is a driving and ardent guitar pop anthem centered around big hooks, enormous power chords and sweetly, lived-in lyricism.” - [“Wrecked”] Joy of Violent Movement
“…the track comes packed with gritty guitars and dreamy melodies.” - [“Wrecked”] Indie 88
“As the guitars blister and the rhythms explode within this boisterous piece of ’90s-inflicted college-radio rock, the two emphatically tell their friends and loved ones that they won’t leave their sides again, not after what we’ve experienced the past two-plus years.” - [“Wrecked”] The Revue
“All chiming chords and smart harmonies, Wrecked is a boisterous ode to ’90s indie-rock and everything that followed.” - [“Wrecked”] Guitar World
On May 20th, Sub Pop will release the debut album from Weird Nightmare, the electrifying new project from METZ guitarist and singer Alex Edkins. Hot on the heels of the album’s debut track, “Searching For You,” and its anthemic follow-up single “Lusitania,” comes the driving, ardent “Wrecked.” Edkins says of the song, “Wrecked” is about missing someone. For me, it’s about missing my wife and son while on tour. Being away has become harder and harder to do. I think most people can relate to it. Feeling impossibly far away from the ones you love and coming to the realization that you won’t feel whole again until you return. I was really happy to collaborate with Alicia (Bognanno) on this song and I love what she adds to it. Alicia has a one in a million voice. A voice that you recognize immediately and she really lifts the song way up. Directed by Ryan Thompson, the video for “Wrecked” is a tail as old as time. When a pooch with no pack strays into the park, you know things are gonna get ruff…
As previously announced, Weird Nightmare has a clutch of North American shows, including a hometown album release show on May 21st in Toronto, ON at The Baby G. The band will also hit the road on a 7-date co-headlining tour with labelmates Kiwi Jr. Click here for a full list of shows.
1. Searching for You
5. Sunday Driver
8. Zebra Dance
9. Oh No
10. Holding Out
On May 20th, Sub Pop will release the debut album from Weird Nightmare, the electrifying new project from METZ guitarist and singer Alex Edkins. Hot on the heels of the album’s debut track, “Searching For You,” comes this anthemic new single “Lusitania.” Edkins says of the song, “‘Lusitania’ was a big breakthrough for the entire Weird Nightmare album. I realized that, musically, my goal was to make songs that would make people feel good! This idea of waking up from a terrible dream or winter changing into spring. Momentary relief. We all need that feeling right now and music has always been what I turn to most.” The video for the song was directed by Colin Medley, and you can/really should click here to watch.
As previously announced, Weird Nightmare has a clutch of North American shows, including a hometown album release show on May 21st in Toronto, ON at The Baby G. The band will also hit the road on a 7-date co-headlining tour with labelmates Kiwi Jr. See below for a full list of shows.
NORTH AMERICAN DATES
Sat. May 21st - Toronto, ON - Baby G (Toronto Record Release Show)
Fri. June. 17th - Detroit, MI - Third Man Records *
Sat. June 18th - Chicago, IL - Schubas *
Thu. July 28th - Brooklyn, NY - Baby’s Alright *
Fri. July 29th - Rehoboth Beach, DE - Dogfish Head Brewery *
Sat. July 30th - Washington, DC - Songbyrd *
Sun. July 31st - Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brenda’s *
*w/ Kiwi Jr
Weird Nightmare is now available for preorder/presave on CD/LP/Cassette/DSPs from Sub Pop. The LP is packaged in a special embossed jacket with semi-transparent obi-strip along the spine, and pre-orders from megamart.sub pop.com, select independent retailers in North America, and in the UK, and in Europe will receive the Loser Edition of the album on Transparent Cotton Candy Swirl vinyl and Clear Coke Bottle vinyl, respectively.
1. Searching for You
5. Sunday Driver
8. Zebra Dance
9. Oh No
10. Holding Out
Long considered one of the planet’s most bombastic live acts and foremost purveyors of abrasive melodicism, METZ has spent the majority of their 11-year tenure crisscrossing the globe and bringing their unparalleled energy directly to the people. Determined to connect with their fans and to find a way within the confines of the pandemic to create a live experience as dynamic as their most recent full length, Atlas Vending, METZ took to the stage in October 2020 at the Opera House in Toronto to livestream a performance of Atlas Vending in its entirety. Directed by the band’s longtime video collaborator Scott Cudmore, you can now watch this stunning performance on YouTube. Click here to watch.
The film is a reminder of METZ’s intense, life-affirming performances, which they are bringing back to the stages of North America this November and December with longtime friends and equally excellent bands, Preoccupations and FACS. The tour begins November 18th in Phoenix and will close with METZ headlining a two-night stand in Toronto at Lee’s Palace on December 17th-18th. The band will return to Europe and the UK in the spring of 2022.
Live at the Opera House was recorded by Graham Walsh, mixed by Seth Manchester and is available now on all digital service providers. The limited-edition 1,000-piece pressing on tricolor (Black/White/Oxblood) vinyl is practically sold out. If you miss the chance to buy this handsome, collectible LP online, you can and should (FINALLY) go see METZ at one of their upcoming shows where they will have a limited number of these Live at the Opera House LPs for sale.
METZ on the road:
Thu. Nov. 18 - Phoenix, AZ - Crescent Ballroom
Fri. Nov. 19 - Los Angeles, CA - Teragram Ballroom
Sat. Nov. 20 - San Francisco, CA - The Independent
Mon. Nov. 22 - Portland, OR - Wonder Ballroom
Tue. Nov. 23 - Seattle, WA - The Tractor Tavern
Wed. Nov. 24 - Vancouver, BC - Biltmore
Fri. Nov. 26 - Calgary, AB - Commonwealth Bar & Stage
Sat. Nov. 27 - Edmonton, AB - The Starlite Room
Mon. Nov. 29 - Winnipeg, MB - Winnipeg Park Theatre
Tue. Nov. 30 - St. Paul, MN - Turf Club
Thu. Dec. 02 - Milwaukee, WI - The Back Room - Colectivo
Fri. Dec. 03 - Detroit, MI - Museum of Contemporary Art
Sun. Dec. 05 - Ottawa ON - Bronson Centre
Mon. Dec. 06 - Montreal, QC - Theatre Fairmount
Tue. Dec. 07 - Boston, MA - Brighton Music Hall
Thu. Dec. 09 - Brooklyn, NY - Elsewhere: Hall
Fri. Dec. 10 - New York, NY - The Bowery Ballroom
Sat. Dec. 11 - Philadelphia, PA - The Foundry at The Fillmore
Mon. Dec. 13 - Washington, DC - Union Stage
Tue. Dec. 14 - Columbus, OH - A&R Music Bar
Thu. Dec. 16 - Chicago, IL - Metro
Fri. Dec. 17 - Toronto, ON - Lee’s Palace (METZ only)
Sat. Dec. 18 - Toronto, ON - Lee’s Palace (METZ only)
All shows w/ Preoccupations and FACS except Toronto.
Fri. Apr. 01 - Leicester, UK - O2 Academy 2
Sat. Apr. 02 - Blackpool, UK - Bootleg Social
Sun. Apr. 03 - Manchester, UK - YES
Mon. Apr. 04 - Newcastle, UK - The Cluny
Wed. Apr. 06 - Glasgow, UK - Stereo
Thu. Apr. 07 - Leeds, UK - Brudenell Social Club
Fri. Thu. Apr. 08 - Bristol, UK - Thekla
Sat. Apr. 09 - Brighton, UK - Green Door Store
Sun. Apr. 10 - London, UK - Scala
Mon. Apr. 11 - Lille, FR - L’Aeronef
Tue. Apr. 12 - Antwerp, BE - Trix
Wed. Apr. 13 - Paris, FR - Petit Bain
Fri. Apr. 15 - Biarritz, FR - Atabal
Sat. Apr. 16 - Vigo, ES - La Iguana
Sun. Apr. 17 - Porto, PT - Hard Club
Mon. Apr. 18 - Lisbon, PT - LAV
Wed. Apr. 20 - Madrid, ES - Independence Live
Thu. Apr. 21 - Barcelona, ES - LA 2
Fri. Apr. 22 - Nimes, FR - Paloma
Sat. Apr. 23 - Dudingen, CH - Bad Bonn
Sun. Apr. 24 - Lausanne, CH - Les Docks
Mon. Apr. 25 - Zurich, CH - Bogen F
Wed. Apr. 27 - Munich, DE - Kranhalle
Thu. Apr. 28 - Vienna, AT - Arena Wien
Fri. Apr. 29 - Berlin, DE - Lido
Sat. Apr. 30 - Esch-Sur-Alzette, LU - Out of the Crowd Festival
Sun. May 01 - Rotterdam, NL - Rotown
Tue. May 03 - Copenhagen, DK - Loppen
Wed. May 04 - Hamburg, DE - Hafenklang
Thu. May 05 - Groningen, NL - Vera
Fri. May 06 - Utrecht, NL - TivoliVredenburg
Sat. May 07 - Cologne, DE - Artheater
All shows w/ Psychic Graveyard
Tickets for all 2021 and 2022 shows at https://www.metzztem.com/live.