The debut record by the band METZ is, quite reasonably, entitled METZ. It comes out October 9th, and also quite reasonably, The New Yorker recently called it “…one of the year’s best albums…” (they also said, “It is a punishing, noisy, exhilarating thing, a deeply impolite racket that will only sound better live…” and ""rude, severe, and excellent"). All of which, yes, of course.
You’re going to want the METZ record, is what we (and The New Yorker) are saying. And you may as well get it now, while the getting is especially good.
METZ have expanded their North American & European fall tour (all dates listed below) in support of their upcoming self-titled, full-length debut, available October 9 in North America & Europe, and October 15 in the UK, on CD, LP, and through digital providers such as Amazon, Itunes, as well as right here at subpop.com.
We’d be remiss if we did not remind you of the fact that if you order this record from subpop.com, that order will come with a free, limited-edition 7" single with two tracks not found on the album (“Dirty Shirt” b/w “Leave Me Out”). Additionally, if you happen to pre-order METZ from us, (or from a handful of independent record stores) specifically on LP, you will also receive the limited, colored-vinyl Loser Edition of this record. This is one of those limited edition type of deals, so, you know, first come, first serve as far as availability goes.
METZ ON TOUR
Sep 20 – Montreal, QC – Il Motore +
Sep 21 – Montreal, QC – Mission Santa Cruz %
Oct 06 – Ottawa, ON – Babylon Night Club
Oct 09 – Hamilton, ON – Baltimore House
Oct 10 – Guelph, ON – eBar $
Oct 11 – London, ON – APK Live $
Oct 12 – Toronto, ON – Horseshoe Tavern $
Oct 18 – Brooklyn, NY – Knitting Factory / Sub Pop CMJ Showcase =
Oct 20 – Brighton, UK – The Hope
Oct 21 – Leeds, UK – The Library
Oct 22 – Glasgow, UK – Art School
Oct 23 – Manchester, UK – Kraak Gallery
Oct 24 – London, UK – Old Blue Blast (Presented by The Quietus)
Oct 25 – Paris, FR – Nouveau Casino
Oct 27 – Chicago, IL – Empty Bottle
Oct 29 – Minneapolis, MN – 7th Street Entry
Nov 01 – Vancouver, BC – Media Club ^
Nov 02 – Seattle, WA – Barboza
Nov 03 – Portland, OR – Bunk Bar
Nov 05 – San Francisco, CA – Bottom of the Hill
Nov 07 – Los Angeles, CA – The Echo
Nov 09 – Costa Mesa, CA – Constellation Room
Nov 10 – Las Vegas, NV – Beauty Bar
Nov 12 – Denver, CO – Larimer Lounge
Nov 14 – Pittsburgh, PA – Brillobox
Nov 16 – Philadelphia, PA – Kung Fu Necktie
Nov 17 – Washington, DC – Red Palace
Nov 19 – New York, NY – Mercury Lounge
Nov 20 – Brooklyn, NY – Knitting Factory
Nov 21 – Boston, MA – Middle East Upstairs
Nov 22 – Montreal, QC – Il Motore
+ w/ Hot Snakes
% w/ Merchandise
= w/ Pissed Jeans, King Tuff, Poor Moon, Daughn Gibson, Debo Band
$ w/ Roomrunner
^ w/ Ladyhawk
That’s right folks! Sub Pop is coming to The Big Apple to partake in the College Music Journal musical festivities. We will celebrate this year with a showcase in the vibrant borough of Brooklyn at The Knitting Factory on October 18th. The eclectic lineup for our Octrocktober Celebration is as follows:
Debo Band 8 PM
Daughn Gibson 8:50 PM
Poor Moon 9:40 PM METZ10:30 PM
King Tuff 11:20 PM
Pissed Jeans 12:10 AM
*Doors are at 7 PM and this show is 18+ for the first time in years! Young music directors, that means you can finally experience an official Sub Pop showcase. Hooray! Go here to buy tickets.
What people are saying about the bands:
“The Boston-based band Debo Band gives the psychedelic music heard on the Ethiopiques collections a high-spirited revamp,” -Village Voice (Live review, 2012)
“All Hell is a subtly clever record that pits one type of music that strongly evokes one era— here, country music— against another, namely this decade’s sample-heavy culture. Gibson does a lot of questioning within that framework, both seriously and tongue-in-cheek. All of that makes for a rewarding record to think about, and to intellectualize, but All Hell wouldn’t be nearly so fun to listen to if it weren’t for Gibson’s ear for melody. His thick baritone breezes confidently over the songs, lassoing hook after hook, redeeming his burnt-out characters through song.” – Pitchfork (Album review of All Hell, 2012)
“These songs are gutsier in their arrangements, more surefooted in the songwriting, and more certain of the band’s identity.” – Pitchfork (Album review Poor Moon LP, 2012)
“On their debut, Metz roll up the lurch of post-rock, the jagged flicker of post-punk, and the fist-pump chant-alongs of hardcore, into a concentrated clump of chaos.” – Spin (5 Best New Artists for August, 2012)
King Tuff finds Thomas leaving the garage for soaring, unbridled pop accessibility— the first track, after all, is called “Anthem”. His drawling hooks are variously dedicated to provoking physical movement or singing bratty lines about breaking the rules, bumming around, not giving a shit, and other charming, unapologetic matters of youth. (Overlooked Records, 2012) – Pitchfork
“There’s a blunt but effective wit at work here, pressed into the service of misanthropy.” – New York Times
“Were not the best, but were pretty good.” – Sub Pop Records
We the good people of Sub Pop Records, have some terribly important information about the band METZ and their forthcoming album METZ to impart to you.
Specifically, this information:
- The pre-order for METZ, the appropriately-titled debut full-length from METZ, is now available both from us here at Sub Pop.com and also from iTunes.
- Should you inexplicably remain unconvinced that your life would be enriched through future ownership of this METZ album, please consider the following:
There is a new video preview piece for METZ available in the player above and also right here for your future reference.
You can now download a free mp3 of the METZ track “Headache” here and stream the track through the likes of Spotify and Rdio.
There are also many opportunities for you to see METZ perform live on tour.
METZ on Tour
Aug. 23 – Detroit, MI – Griswold Lofts
Aug. 24 – Chicago, IL – Bottom Lounge*
Aug. 25 – Minneapolis, MN – 400 Bar*
Aug. 27 – Chesterton, IN – Simple Days Cafe
Aug. 28 – Pittsburgh, PA – Garfield Artworks
Aug. 29 – Washington, D.C. – DC9
Aug. 30 – Philadelphia, PA – Kung Fu Necktie
Aug. 31 – New York, NY – Pianos
Sep. 01 – Brooklyn, NY – Death By Audio
Sep. 20 – Montreal, QC – Mission Santa Cruz ^^
Sep. 21 – Montreal, QC – Il Motore +
Oct. 06 – Ottawa, ON – Babylon
Oct. 10 – Guelph, ON – eBar
Oct. 11 – London, ON – APK Live
Oct. 12 – Toronto, ON – Horseshoe Tavern
Oct. 20 – Brighton, UK – The Hope
Oct. 21 – Leeds, UK – The Library
Oct. 22 – Glasgow, SF – Captains Rest
Oct. 23 – Manchester, UK – Kraak Gallery
Oct. 24 – London, UK – Old Blue Blast (Presented by The Quietus)
Nov. 01 – Vancouver, BC – Media Club
Nov. 02 – Seattle, WA – Barboza
Nov. 03 – Portland, OR – Bunk Bar
Nov. 05 – San Francisco, CA – Bottom of the Hill
Nov. 07 – Los Angeles, CA – The Echo
Nov. 10 – Las Vegas, NV – Beauty Bar
Nov. 12 – Denver, CO – Larimer Lounge
w/ Archers of Loaf
^^ w/ Hot Snakes
+ w/ Merchandise
With proper consideration of these facts, we’re sure you’ll come to the right decision.
It’s true, Sub Pop recording artists METZ are set to release their S/T debut full-length on October 9th in North America and Europe (October 15th in UK) on CD and LP, and through digital providers. The album features 11 tracks, not the least of which includes the lead single, “Headache,” which you might have noticed we’ve made available as a free download today. Stream the track in the player above and if you like what you hear, we’d suggest you enter your email for a free download of the song to be sent directly to you.
This METZ album was produced by METZ and was recorded by Graham Walsh (Holy Fuck) at Barn Window and Basketball 4 Life, and Alexandre Bonenfant at Dreamhouse Studios. There’s more to learn about these guys and you can find some good information on the band and their upcoming album over on the METZ Sub Pop artist page.
2. Get Off
3. Sad Pricks
5. Knife in the Water
7. Wet Blanket
9. The Mule
10. Negative Space
11. - )) -
METZ on Tour
Aug 03 Sackville, NB – Sappyfest
Aug 24 Chicago, IL – Bottom Lounge
Aug 25 Minneapolis, MN – 400 Bar
Aug 28 Pittsburgh, PA – Garfield Artworks
Aug 29 Washington, D.C. – DC9
Aug 30 Philadelphia, PA – Kung Fu Necktie
Aug 31 New York, NY – Pianos
Sep 01 Brooklyn, NY – Death By Audio
We have signed the ferocious Toronto-based trio METZ and will release the band’s debut full-length worldwide on October 9th, 2012. The band has created a concise video piece previewing the album, which is ready to be viewed in player embedded above.
METZ will perform two shows at NXNE in Toronto this weekend: June 15th at Wrongbar, and June 16th at the Phoenix. This will be followed by a one-off show on June 22nd in Seattle at Barboza, and a festival performance on August 3rd in Sackville, NB at Sappyfest. METZ will then head out on a week-long tour, beginning August 24th in Chicago, IL at Bottom Lounge and ending September 1st in Brooklyn, NY at Death by Audio. Full tour dates below.
About METZ: As their name suggests, Toronto’s METZ are short, sharp and to the point. They play minimal post-punk with enough of a grasp of melody and dynamics to appeal to the more casual listener.
Having been on the city’s live circuit since relocating from Ottawa in 2009, their chaotic live performances have quickly gained repute as some of the city’s best. And, if a fraction of their on-stage energy translates to their October 2012 debut, a crossover to the precariously fey mainstream indie world is not out of their reach.
Confrontational without being contrived and contorted without being convoluted, METZ are working rapidly outward from a pretty rare niche and are one band whose buzz is certain to induce violent shaking.
What people are saying about METZ:
“METZ have released a few great singles so far…If you dig AmRep, Brainiac, and McLusky and songs that employ that metallic “SHRIIIIIINNG,” you are not going to want to miss these guys." – Brooklyn Vegan
“Apparently there are bands from Canada who have balls. Sharing their name with my favorite baseball team—at least phonetically—Toronto’s METZ bring the raw, early ‘90s hardcore sludge back with a vengeance. Culling from Sub Pop’s early catalog (think Melvins, Dwarves, Bleach era), these Canucks have been spewing the noise to great reception for the better part of two years.” – Impose
“With layers of abstract guitar noise and pummeling drums, songs such as “Negative Space” flailed and thrashed before us before being bludgeoned to a sudden death. Just as suddenly METZ were leaving the stage, leaving us punch-drunk and disoriented in their wake." – BlogTO
Jun 15 – Toronto, ON – Wrongbar +
Jun 16 – Toronto, ON – Phoenix \
Jun 22 – Seattle, WA – Barboza +^
Aug 03 – Sackville, NB – Sappyfest
Aug 24 – Chicago, IL – Bottom Lounge \
Aug 25 – Minneapolis, MN – 400 Bar \
Aug 28 – Pittsburgh, PA – Garfield Artworks
Aug 29 – Washington, D.C. – DC9
Aug 30 – Philadelphia, PA – Kung Fu Necktie
Aug 31 – New York, NY – Pianos
Sep 01 – Brooklyn, NY – Death By Audio