News for Metz

NEWS : TUE, JUL 11, 2017 at 7:00 AM

METZ Announce Their Ferocious Third Album, ‘Strange Peace’ (out 9/22); Now Hear Lead Track, “Cellophane”

Strange Peace will be available in Canada from Royal Mountain Records and throughout the rest of the world from Sub Pop Records.

On September 22nd, METZ will release Strange Peace, an emphatic but artful hammer swing to the status quo and their highly-anticipated third full-length album. Alex Edkins (guitar, vocals), Hayden Menzies (drums), and Chris Slorach (bass) recorded at Electrical Audio in Chicago, live off the floor to tape with Steve Albini. The result is a distinct artistic maturation into new and alarming territory, frantically pushing past where the band has gone before, while capturing the notorious intensity of their live show. The trio continued to assemble the album (including home recordings, additional instrumentation) back at home in Toronto, adding the finishing touches with longtime collaborator, engineer and mixer, Graham Walsh. “The songs on Strange Peace are about uncertainty,” Edkins explains. “They’re about recognizing that we’re not always in control of our own fate, and about admitting our mistakes and fears. They’re about finding some semblance of peace within the chaos.”

And “Cellophane,” the first song to be released from the new album, is available now. Read the full bio for Strange Peace below.


Strange Peace is available for pre-order now from both Sub Pop and Royal Mountain Records. LP pre-orders of the album from megamart.subpop.com and select independent retailers will receive the limited Loser Edition on clear vinyl with red and green swirls (while supplies last).

Strange Peace
Tracklisting: 

1. Mess of Wires
2. Drained Lake
3. Cellophane
4. Caterpillar
5. Lost in the Blank City
6. Mr. Plague
7. Sink
8. Common Trash
9. Escalator Teeth
10. Dig a Hole
11. Raw Materials

[Photo Credit: Ebru Yildiz]

Tour Dates + Ticket Links

METZ have scheduled international tour dates in support of Strange Peace from September 25th at Chicago’s Thalia Hall, through to December 16th in Houston at Studio at Warehouse Live, with more to follow. This first tour will visit over 34 cities including Toronto (two shows), Boston, New York, Philadelphia, DC, Prague, London, Warsaw, Berlin, Copenhagen, Barcelona, Paris, Seattle, Vancouver, Portland, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Austin.
 
Sep. 05 - Atlanta, GA - 529
Sep. 07- Raleigh, NC - Hopscotch Festival
Sep. 25 - Chicago, IL - Thalia Hall
Sep. 29 - Toronto, ON - Lee’s Palace *
Sep. 30 - Toronto, ON - Lee’s Palace *
Oct. 02 - Boston, MA - Sinclair #
Oct. 03 - Philadelphia, PA - The First Unitarian Church #
Oct. 04 - Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg #
Oct. 05 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom #
Oct. 06 - Washington, DC - Rock & Roll Hotel #
Oct. 08 - Montreal, QC - La Sala Rosa
Nov. 02 - Prague, Czech Republic - Futurum !
Nov. 03 -  Wroclaw, Poland - Klub Firlej !
Nov. 04 -  Warsaw, Poland - Klub Hydrozagadka !
Nov. 06 - Berlin, Germany - Bi Nuu !
Nov. 07 - Copenhagen, Denmark - Loppen !
Nov. 08 - Hamburg, Germany - Knust !
Nov. 09 - Zwolle, Netherlands - Poppodium Hedon  ^
Nov. 10 - Kortrijk, Belgium - De Kruen (Sonic City Festival)
Nov. 12 - Le Havre, France - Le Tetris %
Nov. 14 - Nimes, France - La Paloma %
Nov. 15 - Bordeaux, France - Theatre Barbey %
Nov. 16 - Toulouse, France - Club Metronum %
Nov. 17 - Barcelona, Spain - La (2) De Apolo %
Nov.  18 - Madrid, Spain - Moby Dick %
Nov. 20 - Nantes, France - Pole Etudiant %
Nov. 21 - Paris, France - Le Trabendo %
Nov. 22 - London, UK - The Garage %
Nov. 23 - Bristol, UK - The Fleece %
Nov. 24 - Leeds, UK - Brudenell Social Club %
Nov. 25 - Brighton, UK - The Haunt %
Dec. 07 - Seattle, WA - Neumos
Dec. 08 - Vancouver, BC - Cobalt
Dec. 09 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir
Dec. 11 - San Francisco, CA - Independent
Dec. 12 - Los Angeles, CA - Teragram
Dec. 13 - San Diego, CA - Casbah
Dec. 15 - Austin, TX - Mohawk &
Dec. 16 - Houston, TX - Studio @ Warehouse Live
 
* with SUUNS
# with Uniform
! with Protomartyr
^ with Brian Case
% with Drahla
& with Cherubs
 


More on METZ’s Strange Peace
Since releasing their self-titled debut record in 2012, which The New Yorker called, “One of the year’s best albums…a punishing, noisy, exhilarating thing,” the Toronto-based 3-piece METZ have garnered international acclaim as one of the most electrifying and forceful live acts, touring widely and extensively, playing hundreds of shows each year around the world.
 
Now, Alex Edkins (guitar, vocals), along with Hayden Menzies (drums), and Chris Slorach (bass) are set to unleash their highly-anticipated third full-length album, Strange Peace, an emphatic but artful hammer swing to the status quo.
 
“The best punk isn’t an assault as much as it’s a challenge — to what’s normal, to what’s comfortable, or simply to what’s expected. Teetering on the edge of perpetual implosion,” NPR wrote in their glowing review of METZ’s 2015 second album, II.

Strange Peace was recorded in Chicago, live off the floor to tape with Steve Albini. The result is a distinct artistic maturation into new and alarming territory, frantically pushing past where the band has gone before, while capturing the notorious intensity of their live show.
 
“Recording in Chicago was a blast. We tracked fourteen songs in four days. It was the first time we felt confident enough to just play live and roll tape,” Edkins said of the recording process. “Strange Peace is much more diverse and varied than anything we’ve done before, which was exhilarating, but terrifying, too. We took the tapes home to Toronto feeling like we’d made the record we wanted to make.”
 
The trio continued to assemble the album (including home recordings, additional instrumentation) back in their hometown, adding the finishing touches with longtime collaborator, engineer and mixer, Graham Walsh.
 
From the ferocious opening track, “Mess of Wires,” we’re met by the sheer force and fierce musicianship we’ve come to expect from METZ. With the unhinged, post-punk fragments of “Drained Lake,” and the whirling, acerbic pop features of “Cellophane,” the band’s hectic progression becomes clear. But Strange Peace isn’t merely a collection of eleven uninhibited and urgent songs. It’s also a kind of sonic venting, a truculent social commentary that bludgeons and provokes, excites and unsettles.
 
“The songs on Strange Peace are about uncertainty,” Edkins explains. “They’re about recognizing that we’re not always in control of our own fate, and about admitting our mistakes and fears. They’re about finding some semblance of peace within the chaos.”
 
With all the pleasurable tension and anxiety of a fever dream, Strange Peace is equal parts challenging and accessible. It is this implausible balancing act, moving from one end of the musical spectrum to the other, that only a band of METZ’s power and capacity can maintain: discordant and melodic, powerful and controlled, meticulous and instinctive, subtle and complex, precise and reckless, wholehearted and merciless, brutal and optimistic, terrifying and fun.
 
“Their whiplash of distortion is made with precision, a contained chaos. But you would never talk about them like that. Because METZ are not something you study or analyze,” wrote Liisa Ladouceur in Exclaim! “They are something you feel: a transfer of energy, pure and simple.”
 
In other words: to feel something, fiercely and intensely, but together, not alone.


Posted by Rachel White

NEWS : MON, MAR 7, 2016 at 7:00 AM

Here’s What Sub Pop Is Doing To Record Store Day 2016

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On Saturday, April 16th, 2016, aka Record Store Day, Sub Pop will release two very limited split singles: Low and S. Carey’s “Not A Word” / “ I Won’t Let You Fall” 10” and METZ and Mission of Burma’s “Good, Not Great” / “Get Off” 7”. Check ‘em out:



METZ and Mission of Burma “Good, Not Great” / “Get Off” 7” single:
Toronto noise-rock behemoths METZ team up with Boston post-punk legends Mission of Burma on this split single for Record Store Day 2016. METZ contribute a cover of “Good, Not Great,” a track from Mission of Burma’s 2006 album The Obliterati, while Mission of 
Burma cover METZ’s 2012 anthem, “Get Off.” This single is a Record Store Day 2016 exclusive, and it is limited to 4,000 copies worldwide. All copies are on starburst purple and green vinyl. 

Tracklisting:
1.     Good, Not Great (METZ)
2.     Get Off (Mission of Burma)




Low / S. Carey “Not A Word” / “I Won’t Let You Fall” 10” single:
This 10” single on special translucent white vinyl features two 7-minute collaborations between Duluth group Low and Wisconsin’s S. Carey, aka Sean Carey, best known as the drummer and supporting vocalist for Bon Iver. The idea for this release came from producer BJ Burton. “Not a Word” was an unfinished Low track that BJ worked with S. Carey to complete, while “I Won’t Let You Fall” was an unfinished S. Carey song that BJ worked with Low to complete. This unique partnership between Low, S. Carey and BJ Burton (and Sub Pop and Jagjaguwar) is exclusive to Record Store Day 2016, and it is limited to 4,000 copies worldwide.

Tracklisting:
2.     I Won’t Let You Fall (S. Carey)
1.     Not a Word (Low)


More About Record Store Day:
Record Store Day was conceived in 2007 at a gathering of independent record store owners and employees as a way to celebrate and spread the word about the unique culture surrounding nearly 1400 independently owned record stores in the US and thousands of similar stores internationally. The first Record Store Day took place on April 19, 2008. Today there are Record Store Day participating stores on every continent except Antarctica. 

This is a day for the people who make up the world of the record store—the staff, the customers, and the artists—to come together and celebrate the unique culture of a record store and the special role these independently owned stores play in their communities. Special vinyl and CD releases and various promotional products are made exclusively for the day. Festivities include performances, cook-outs, body painting, meet & greets with artists, parades, DJs spinning records, and on and on. In 2008 a small list of titles was released on Record Store Day and that list has grown to include artists and labels both large and small, in every genre and price point. In 2015, 60% of the Record Store Day Official Release List came from independent labels and distributors. The list continues to include a wide range of artists, covering the diverse taste of record stores and their customers. http://www.recordstoreday.com/Home


Posted by Rachel White

NEWS : WED, JAN 6, 2016 at 7:00 AM

Watch The New METZ Video For “Eraser” (via Brooklyn Vegan)

Here now for your audio-visual stimulation is the frenetic new video for forthcoming METZ single, “Eraser,” directed by Nathan Joyner and starring Alia Jyawook of the San Diego band Hot Nerds.
 
Brooklyn Vegan had this to say, “
It visually matches the song’s pummeling sonic assault, beat for beat” (see video premiere January 7th).”
 
METZ’s 2016 headlining world tour resumes this Saturday, January 9th in Boston at the Sinclair and runs through February 20th in Beijing, China at Mao Livehouse.
 
New 
highlights include: a short east coast/midwest US tour January 9th-16th (with Bully);  January 29th in Tokyo at Fever; January 30th-February 14th for appearances at the multi-city Laneway Festival, held in Singapore, Australia and New Zealand; And February 17th -20th for three shows in Taiwan and China. (see tour details below)
 
The “Eraser” b/w “Pure Auto” single will be available January 22nd, 2016 on 7” vinyl from Three One G and digitally from Sub Pop.


 
Following two acclaimed albums on Sub Pop (2012’s METZ; 2015’sII) and a deeply impressive amount of touring, this Three One G single is the band’s first recording for the esteemed CA-based label, and their first new material since the release of II. Both “Eraser” and “Pure Auto” were produced by METZ, recorded by Graham Walsh at Union Sound Company, and mastered by Matthew Barnhart at Chicago Mastering Service.
 
The “Eraser” / “Pure Auto” 7” single, which was pressed on either sea foam green or white vinyl in two runs limited to 1,000 copies each, is available now for preorder through Three One G while supplies last (copies through Sub Pop Mega Mart are now sold out).  The single is also available for preorder digitally through Three One Gmegamart.subpop.comiTunes, and Amazon.  
 
For more info on METZ’s “Eraser” / “Pure Auto” single, visit Three One G.
 

METZ II is available now on CD / LP / DL worldwide from Sub Pop. The album has earned “Albums of the Year” notice from the likes ofEntertainment WeeklyRolling StoneDiffuserBlare, and TrebleII also scored the band its highest chart position in the U.S. to date, entering at #98 / Billboard Top 200.  In Canada, the album debuted at #27 on the Top 200 albums chart.
 
METZ II is now available for purchase through the Sub Pop Mega MartiTunesAmazon, and Bandcamp.
 

 
Tour Dates
Jan. 9 - Boston, MA - The Sinclair * ^
Jan. 11 - Washington, DC - Rock & Roll Hotel * ^
Jan. 12 - Philadelphia, PA - First Unitarian Church * ^
Jan. 14 - Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg * #
Jan. 16 - Chicago, IL - Metro * (Tomorrow Never Knows Fest 2016)
Jan. 29 - Tokyo, Japan - Fever
Jan. 30 - Singapore - The Meadow, Gardens by the Bay (Laneway Festival)
Feb. 01 - Auckland, NZ - Silo Park (Laneway Festival)
Feb. 05 - Adelaide, AU - Harts Mill, Port Adelaide (Laneway Festival)
Feb. 06 - Brisbane, AU - Brisbane Showground, Bowen Hills (Laneway Festival)
Feb. 07 - Sydney, AU - Sydney College of the Arts (Laneway Festival)
Feb. 10 - Sydney, AU - Oxford Art Factory
Feb. 12 - Melbourne, AU - The Corner **
Feb. 13 - Melbourne, AU - Footscray Community Arts Centre and the River’s Edge (Laneway Festival)
Feb. 14 - Fremantle, AU - Esplanade Reserve and West End (Laneway Festival)
Feb. 17 - Taipei, TW - The Wall Livehouse
Feb. 19 - Shanghai, China - Yuyintang
Feb. 20 - Beijing, China - Mao Livehouse
* w/ Bully
^ w/ So Pitted
# w/ Big Ups
** w/ Deaf Wish, My Disco

For Ticket Links, go right here.

Posted by Rachel White

NEWS : MON, DEC 7, 2015 at 7:00 AM

Watch the new METZ video for “Spit You Out”

Hold on to yer butts: METZ have shared their official video for “Spit You Out”, a standout from II, their acclaimed 2015 album. This thrilling, frenetic video, directed by the band and edited by Scott Cudmore (“The Swimmer,” “Wasted,” “Wet Blanket”), features effects-laden live footage and presents a visceral representation of the band’s sound and deft power in performance.

Noisey calls “Spit You Out” “a menacing track off of II that pits hypnotic noise punk against the grungey godheads of the Pacific Northwest” (see December 7th premiere).

Get Yer METZ:
METZ II is now available for purchase through the Sub Pop Mega MartiTunesAmazon, and Bandcamp.

METZ “Eraser” b/w “Pure Auto” single, will be available January 22nd, 2016 on 7” vinyl from Three One G and digitally from Sub Pop.  The “Eraser” / “Pure Auto” single will come pressed on both green and white colored vinyl and each run is limited to 1,000 copies. It’s now available for preorder through Three One G and the Sub Pop Mega Mart (while supplies last). The single will also be available digitally through megamart.subpop.comiTunes, and Amazon.  

And because you always need more METZ: “Can’t Understand,” their contribution to the 2013 installment of the Adult Swim Singles Series, and is now available to purchase via Sub Pop Mega Mart, iTunes, and Amazon.


METZ’s extensive 2015/16 headlining world tour in support of II resumes January 9th in Cambridge, MA at The Sinclair and currently ends February 20th in Bejing, CN at Mao Livehouse.  Tour highlights 
include: a short east coast/midwest US tour January 9th-16th (with Bully);  January 29th in Tokyo at Fever;  January 30th-February 14th at the multi-city Laneway Festival, held in Singapore, Australia and New Zealand; and appearances in Taiwan and China (February 17-20). (see complete dates below).

METZ II has earned acclaim from the likes of Entertainment Weekly, Rolling StoneThe AV Club, SPIN, Treble, and more. IIscored the band its highest chart position in the U.S. to date, entering at #98 / Billboard Top 200.  In Canada, the album debuted at #27 on the Top 200 albums chart. II also peaked at #8 on theCMJ Top 200 chart.


What people are saying about METZ II:
“Metz colors outside the lines—obliterates them, really.”  - New York Times

“The record twitches with the flying-off-the-rails urgency of the band’s live shows as Metz sandblasts the industrial precision of their first album into a nastier, more shambolic attack.” - Rolling Stone
 
“These mild-looking Canadians revive the golden age of early Nirvana and ’90s grunge with 10 walloping noise-rockers—but there are surprising hooks amid all the Sturm und Drang.” -Entertainment Weekly
 
“The record is all killer, no filler.” - AV Club
 
II is looser and fuzzier than its predecessor… one of 2015’s standout records.” [8.5 / 10] - MAGNET
 
“This isn’t just purgative music hell-bent on bloodletting and catharsis; it’s also carefully composed, with loving attention paid to fine detail and immaculate precision.” [“First Listen”] - NPR Music
 
“Creating a soundscape of claustrophobic, ravenous guitar riffs awash in feedback and distortion, with drums that never let you catch your breath. You’ll feel it in your stomach as much as you hear it.” [First Play] - CBC Music
 
“Album of the Week” - Stereogum
 
“Hits like a concussion grenade, and you’ll revel in the damage long after the room’s been cleared.” [4/5]- Alternative Press 
 
II, like the record that preceded it, is still a seasick and unyielding document of brutalist experimentation. But because the trio is willing to explore different avenues, 
there’s
 more corners to get lost in.” [8/10] - SPIN
 
“Album of the Week” - Treble
 
“A direct gut-punching affair.” [5/5] – DIY
 
“Bigger, faster, louder, stronger - in many ways II is everything the band’s second record ought to be.” [8/10] - Loud & Quiet
 
“Bold, unsympathetic and brutally effective.” [8/10] – NME
 
“Raucous, filthy and hummable in equal measure.” [8/10] - Rock Sound
 
A second volume of string-bending, amp-busting noise-punk…Awesome.” [4/5] - Time Out London
 
II is what Metz do best: brazenly truculent hardcore.” - The Guardian
 
“Few bands anywhere do this sort of thing this well.” - The Quietus
 
“With II, Metz 
have done more than enough to cement themselves as the new kings of transgressive hard rock, and that’s a crown which is going to be difficult for anyone to wrestle from them.” [8.5/10] - The Line of Best Fit 
 
“This album has achieved a seemingly impossible feat by sounding even more aggressive than the one that preceded it.” [8/10] - The 405
 
“The whole record is a dizzy, punk joy - taking itself far less seriously than most proper hardcore bands, whilst sounding twice as aggressive as any of them, and with better tunes.” [8/10] -Drowned in Sound
 
“II almost feels like Metz wanted to push the boundaries to see just how dark and dirty they could play while still carrying a tune and continuing to draw listeners in with unconventionally gripping arrangements - and good on them, they pulled it off!” [10/10] -Louder Than War
 


Tour Dates

Jan. 09 - Cambridge, MA - The Sinclair # ^
Jan. 11 - Washington, DC - Rock & Roll Hotel # ^
Jan. 12 - Philadelphia, PA - First Unitarian Church # ^
Jan. 13 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom #
Jan. 14 - Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg #
Jan. 16 - Chicago, IL - Metro #
Jan. 29 - Tokyo, JP - FEVER
Jan. 30 - Singapore, SP - Laneway Festival
Feb. 01 - Auckland, NZ - Laneway Festival
Feb. 05 - Adelaide, AU - Laneway Festival
Feb. 06 - Brisbane, AU - Laneway Festival
Feb. 07 - Sydney, AU - Laneway Festival
Feb. 10 - Sydney, AU - Oxford Art Factory
Feb. 12 - Melbourne, AU - The Corner**
Feb. 13 - Melbourne, AU - Laneway Festival
Feb. 14 - Perth, AU - Laneway Festival
Feb. 17 - Taipei City, TW - The Wall Livehouse
Feb. 19 - Shanghai, CN - Yuyintang
Feb. 20 - Bejing, CN - Mao Livehouse
 
* w/ My Disco, The Low Life
** w/ My Disco, Deaf Wish
# w/ Bully
^ w/ So Pitted


Posted by Rachel White

NEWS : TUE, OCT 13, 2015 at 7:00 AM

METZ To Release New 7” Single: “Eraser” b/w “Pure Auto” From Three One G & Sub Pop

Here are the full details of METZ’s upcoming “Eraser” / “Pure Auto” single, available January 22nd, 2016: 

It’s coming to you on 7” vinyl from Three One G and digitally from Sub Pop.  Prepare your ears and listen to “Eraser“ right now.

Following two acclaimed albums on Sub Pop (2012’s METZ and 2015’sII) and an incredible amount of touring, this Three One G single is the band’s first recording for the esteemed CA-based label, and their first new material since the release of II
 
The “Eraser” / “Pure Auto” single will be pressed on green colored vinyl (limited to 1,000 copies!), and is now available for preorder through Three One G and Sub Pop Mega Mart (while supplies last). The single will also be available digitally through megamart.subpop.com, iTunes, and Amazon.   
 
Both “Eraser” and “Pure Auto” were produced by METZ, recorded by Graham Walsh at Union Sound Company, and mastered by Matthew Barnhart at Chicago Mastering Service.  For more details on METZ’s “Eraser” / “Pure Auto” single, please visit Three One G [link here].
 

Photo credit: Nick Helderman

METZ’s extensive 2015/16 headlining world tour resumes later this week. The trek now runs from October 16th in Stockholm, SE at Debaser through February 14th in Perth, AU at the Laneway Festival.  New tour highlights include: a short east coast/midwest US tour January 9th-16th (with Bully);  January 29th in Tokyo at Fever; and January 30th-February 14th for appearances at the aforementioned, multi-city Laneway Festival, held in Singapore, Australia and New Zealand.
 
Tour Dates

Oct. 16 - Stockholm, SE - Debaser
Oct. 17 - Lund, SE - Mejeriet
Oct. 18 - Oslo, NO - John Dee
Oct. 19 - Aarhus, DK - Atlas ^
Oct. 20 - Copenhagen, DK - Loppen @ Christiana ^
Oct. 22 - Nijmegen, NL - Doornroosje ^
Oct. 23 - Amsterdam, NL - Bitterzoet ^
Oct. 24 - Zwolle, NL - Let’s Get Lost Festival
Oct. 25 - Frankfurt, Germany - Elfer Club
Oct. 27 - Paris, FR - La Maroquinerie ^
Oct. 28 - Lille, FR - L’ Aeronef ^
Oct. 29 - Antwerp, BE - Trix ^
Oct. 30 - Birmingham, UK - Hare and Hounds ^
Oct. 31 - Leeds, UK - Brudenell Social Club ** ^
Nov. 01 - London, UK - Scala  **
Nov. 03 - Bristol, UK - The Fleece **
Nov. 04 - Manchester, UK - Sound Control **
Nov. 05 - Glasgow, UK - Stereo **
Nov. 06 - Dublin, IR - Whelans
Nov. 18 - Helsinki, FI - Supermassive Festival
Nov. 20 - Utrecht, NL - Le Guess Who? Festival
Nov. 21 - Kortrijk, BE - Sonic City Festival
Nov. 24 - St. Petersburg, RU - The Place
Nov. 25 - Ekaterinburg, RU - Nirvana
Nov. 26 - Moscow, RU - Klub Teatr
Nov. 29 - Brighton, UK - Mutations Festival
Jan. 09 - Cambridge, MA - The Sinclair #
Jan. 11 - Washington, DC - Rock & Roll Hotel #
Jan. 12 - Philadelphia, PA - First Unitarian Church #
Jan. 13 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom #
Jan. 14 - Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of WIlliamsburg #
Jan. 16 - Chicago, IL - Metro #
Jan. 29 - Tokyo, JP - FEVER
Jan. 30 - Singapore, SP - Laneway Festival
Feb. 01 - Auckland, NZ - Laneway Festival
Feb. 05 - Adelaide, AU - Laneway Festival
Feb. 06 - Brisbane, AU - Laneway Festival
Feb. 07 - Sydney, AU - Laneway Festival
Feb. 13 - Melbourne, AU - Laneway Festival
Feb. 14 - Perth, AU - Laneway Festival
 
** w/ Protomartyr
^ w/ Crows
# w/ Bully


For venue and ticket links, go here.

Posted by Rachel White

NEWS : FRI, SEP 11, 2015 at 8:30 AM

So Much METZ Action

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METZ made their return to Last Call with Carson Daly on Friday, September 11th.  The band delivered incredible performances of II highlights “The Swimmer” and “Spit You Out,” filmed live at FYF Fest from Los Angeles.  

The band’s extensive headlining (and earsplitting) world tour on behalf of II is currently storming through Europe and ends November 28th-29th in Brighton, UK at the Mutation’s Festival weekender.  Hardly Art recording artists Protomartyr join METZ as direct support on certain dates.  (see below)


METZ II has earned “Albums of the Year (so far)” notices from the likes of Entertainment Weekly, Rolling Stone, The AV Club, SPIN, Treble, and more. II also scored the band its highest chart position in the U.S. to date, entering at #98 / Billboard Top 200.  In Canada, the album debuted at #27 on the Top 200 albums chart.

At radio, II peaked at #8 on the CMJ Top 200 chart. The album also saw support with FMQB Alternative Specialty reporters, peaking at #1 on the albums chart, and its lead-off track “Acetate” at #2 on the singles chart.


On a related note, you can also watch METZ’s amazing KEXP in-studio performance, filmed August 4th while on a tour stop in Seattle. The live session includes II tracks “Wait in Line,” “The Swimmer,” “Spit You Out,” and “Acetate.”

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METZ II is currently available on CD / LP / DL worldwide from Sub Pop, and we encourage you to purchase it in all your favorite formats via the Sub Pop Mega Mart, iTunes, Amazon, and Bandcamp.

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What do “They” say about METZ II?  Quite a lot, actually:


“Metz colors outside the lines — obliterates them, really.”  - New York Times

“The record twitches with the flying-off-the-rails urgency of the band’s live shows as Metz sandblasts the industrial precision of their first album into a nastier, more shambolic attack.” [Best Albums of 2015 (so far)] - Rolling Stone
 
“These mild-looking Canadians revive the golden age of early Nirvana and ’90s grunge with 10 walloping noise-rockers—but there are surprising hooks amid all the Sturm und Drang.”  [Best Albums of 2015 (so far)] - Entertainment Weekly
 
“The record is all killer, no filler.” - [Best Albums of 2015 (so far)] -AV Club
 
II is looser and fuzzier than its predecessor… one of 2015’s standout records.” [8.5 / 10] - MAGNET
 
“This isn’t just purgative music hell-bent on bloodletting and catharsis; it’s also carefully composed, with loving attention paid to fine detail and immaculate precision.” [“First Listen”] - NPR Music
 
“Creating a soundscape of claustrophobic, ravenous guitar riffs awash in feedback and distortion, with drums that never let you catch your breath. You’ll feel it in your stomach as much as you hear it.” [First Play] - CBC Music
 
“Album of the Week” - Stereogum
 
“Hits like a concussion grenade, and you’ll revel in the damage long after the room’s been cleared.” [4/5]- Alternative Press 
 
II, like the record that preceded it, is still a seasick and unyielding document of brutalist experimentation. But because the trio is willing to explore different avenues, there’s more corners to get lost in.” [8/10] - SPIN
 
“Album of the Week” - Treble
 
“A direct gut-punching affair.” [5/5] - DIY

“Bigger, faster, louder, stronger - in many ways ‘II’ is everything the band’s second record ought to be.” [8/10] - Loud & Quiet

“Bold, unsympathetic and brutally effective.” [8/10] - NME

“Raucous, filthy and hummable in equal measure.” [8/10] - Rock Sound

“A second volume of string-bending, amp-busting noise-punk…Awesome.” [4/5] - Time Out London

II is what Metz do best: brazenly truculent hardcore.” - The Guardian

“Few bands anywhere do this sort of thing this well.” - The Quietus

“With II, Metz have done more than enough to cement themselves as the new kings of transgressive hard rock, and that’s a crown which is going to be difficult for anyone to wrestle from them.” [8.5/10] - The Line of Best Fit 

“This album has achieved a seemingly impossible feat by sounding even more aggressive than the one that preceded it.” [8/10] - The 405

“The whole record is a dizzy, punk joy - taking itself far less seriously than most proper hardcore bands, whilst sounding twice as aggressive as any of them, and with better tunes.” [8/10] -Drowned in Sound

II almost feels like Metz wanted to push the boundaries to see just how dark and dirty they could play while still carrying a tune and continuing to draw listeners in with unconventionally gripping arrangements - and good on them, they pulled it off!” [10/10] -Louder Than War


Tour Dates

Sep. 11 - Rome, IT - INIT
Sep. 12 - Milan, IT - Lo Fi Club
Sep. 14 - Zurich, CH - Kinski Club
Sep. 15 - Lausanne, CH - Le Romandie
Sep. 17 - Toulouse, FR - le Metronum
Sep. 19 - Madrid, ES - Sala Lemon
Sep. 20 - Porto, PT - Hard Club/Amplifest
Sep. 21 - Bilbao, ES - Kafe Antzokia
Sep. 23 - Lyon, FR - Le Transbordeur
Sep. 24 - Relms, FR - Festival Elektricity
Sep. 25 - Dusseldorf, DE - Zakk
Sep. 26 - Hamburg, DE - Reeperbahn Festival
Oct. 16 - Stockholm, SE - Debaser
Oct. 17 - Lund, SE - Mejeriet
Oct. 18 - Oslo, NO - John Dee
Oct. 19 - Aarhus, DK - Atlas ^
Oct. 20 - Copenhagen, DK - Loppen @ Christiana ^
Oct. 22 - Nijmegen, NL - Doornroosje ^
Oct. 23 - Amsterdam, NL - Bitterzoet ^
Oct. 24 - Zwolle, NL - Let’s Get Lost Festival
Oct. 27 - Paris, FR - La Maroquinerie ^
Oct. 28 - Lille, FR - L’ Aeronef ^
Oct. 29 - Antwerp, BE - Trix ^
Oct. 30 - Birmingham, UK - Hare and Hounds ^
Oct. 31 - Leeds, UK - Brudenell Social Club ** ^
Nov. 01 - London, UK - Scala  **
Nov. 03 - Bristol, UK - The Fleece **
Nov. 04 - Manchester, UK - Sound Control **
Nov. 05 - Glasgow, UK - Stereo **
Nov. 06 - Dublin, IR - Whelans
Nov. 18 - Helsinki, FI - Supermassive Festival
Nov. 20 - Utrecht, NL - Le Guess Who? Festival
Nov. 21 - Kortrijk, BE - Sonic City Festival
Nov. 29 - Brighton, UK - Mutations Festival
** w/ Protomartyr
^ w/ Crows

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Posted by Rachel White