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MEDIA : WED, AUG 8, 2012 at 5:56 AM

To-Do List: Watch New Video Clip from METZ, Pre-Order METZ Album Immediately

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.

We also have METZ shirts.

More METZFacebook /Twitter / Sub Pop Artist Page / Website


Posted by Alissa Gallivan

NEWS : WED, JUL 4, 2012 at 5:16 AM

METZ- Debut LP Info & New Track “Headache”

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.

METZ METZ
1. Headache
2. Get Off
3. Sad Pricks
4. Rats
5. Knife in the Water
6. Nausea
7. Wet Blanket
8. Wasted
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

Find more METZ :: Facebook / Twitter / Sub Pop Artist Page


Posted by Alissa Gallivan

NEWS : THU, JUN 14, 2012 at 8:37 AM

We sign METZ; S/T debut album out October 9th

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

METZ on Tour

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

+ w/ The Men
\ w/ Archers of Loaf
^ w/ Kinski


Posted by Alissa Gallivan

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

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

Brazil blog

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

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 : 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