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NEWS : WED, FEB 14, 2024 at 7:00 AM

The Amazing New METZ Album Up On Gravity Hill Is Out Worldwide April 12th

On April 12th, METZ will release Up On Gravity Hill, their first album in 4 years, on Sub Pop for the world ex-Canada and in Canada on Dine Alone. The album was engineered by Seth Manchester (Mdou Moctar, Lingua Ignota, Battles, The Body) and features guest performances from Amber Webber of Black Mountain and composer/string arranger Owen Pallett.
 
METZ, a band once known for blowing out eardrums with songs of joyous rage, have, over their past few records, begun exploring ways to turn abrasiveness into atmospherics, the evolution of their sound not only a reflection of the maturing of the band themselves but also of a changed world that demands nuance and compassion to comprehend and to survive. This is so on their latest effort, Up On Gravity Hill, which finds the band continuing to bend the raw power of rock music to its most delicate, intricate ends. Delivering a deep, detailed, and unyieldingly personal collection of songs that are fused together to form not only METZ’s most powerful record to date but also their most beautiful.
 
To spotlight this evolution, the band has shared two new contrasting singles: the stomping motorik “99,” and the charging and deeply melodic, “Entwined (Street Light Buzz)”, that offers a dreamier Swervedriver-esque guitar sheen never before utilized by the Canadian trio. 
 
METZ frontman Alex Edkins says, “These two songs couldn’t be more stylistically and thematically dissimilar. ‘Entwined (Street Light Buzz)’ is a song about the deep connection humans can foster with one another and how we carry people with us forever, even after death. ‘99’ is about the scourge of corporate greed and bottom-line thinking that runs rampant in modern society. Anything for a buck is the message being sent to younger generations.”
 
METZ is also announcing headlining international tour dates supporting Up On Gravity Hill, with dates in North America from April 17th to May 17th and a run of UK and EU dates in the fall from November 3rd through November 29th. The band also has a series of UK and EU festival performances in August, including stops at The Green Man Festival in the UK, La Route Du Rock and Cabaret Vert Festival in France, and the Canela Party in Spain. See below for a full list of shows.
 

North America
Wed. Apr. 17 - Boston, MA - Crystal Ballroom at Somerville Theatre $
Fri. Apr. 19 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom $
Sat. Apr. 20 - Philadelphia, PA - Underground Arts $ *
Sun. Apr. 21 - Baltimore, MD - Ottobar $
Tue. Apr. 23 -  Atlanta, GA - The Earl $
Thu. Apr. 24 - Birmingham, AL - Saturn $
Fri. Apr. 25 - Fayetteville, AR - George’s Majestic Lounge  $
Sat. Apr. 26 - Austin, TX - The Parish (Austin Psych Fest) $
Sun. Apr. 27 - Dallas, TX - Sons of Hermann Hall $
Mon. Apr. 29 - Sante Fe, NM - Meow Wolf $
Tues. Apr. 30 - Phoenix, AZ - Valley Bar $
Wed. - May 01 -  San Diego, CA - The Casbah $
Tue. May 02 - Los Angeles, CA - The Roxy Theatre $
Wed. May 03 - San Jose, CA - The Ritz $
Thu. May 04 - San Francisco, CA - The Chapel $
Mon. May 06 - Portland, OR - Wonder Ballroom $
Tue. May 07 - Seattle, WA - Neumos $
Fri. May 10 - St. Paul, MN - Turf Club $
Sat. May 11 - Chicago, IL - Bottom Lounge $
Thu. May 16 -Montreal, QE - Theatre Fairmount $
Sat. May 17 - Toronto, ON - Danforth Music Hall $
 
$ w/ Gouge Away
* w/ Rid of Me

UK/EU
Thu. Aug. 15 - Crickhowell, UK - Green Man Festival
Fri. Aug. 16 - St Malo, FR La Route Du Rock
Sat. Aug. 17 -  Charleville-Mezières, FR - Cabaret Vert Festival
Fri. Aug. 23 - Malaga, ES - Canela Party
Sat. Nov. 02 - Rennes, FR – L’Antipode

Sun. Nov. 03 - La Rochelle, FR - La Sirène
Mon. Nov. 04 - Paris, FR - La Maroquinerie
Tue. Nov. 05 - Clermont-Ferrand, FR - La Coopérative de Mai
Wed. Nov. 06 - Lyon, FR - Le Transbordeur
Thu. Nov. 07 - Zurich, CH - Bogen F
Sat. Nov. 09 - Prague, CZ - Futurum
Sun. Nov. 10 - Budapest, HU - Turbina
Tue. Nov. 12 - Krakow, PL - Klub Zascianek
Wed. Nov. 13 - Warsaw, PL - Klub Hydrozagadka
Sat. Nov. 16 - Berlin, DE - Hole44
Mon. Nov. 18 - Copenhagen, DK - Loppen
Tue. Nov. 19 - Hamburg, DE - Hafenklang
Wed. Nov. 20 - Amsterdam, NL - Paradiso
Thu. Nov. 21 - Groningen, NL - Vera
Fri. Nov. 22- Antwerp, BE - Trix
Sat. Nov. 23 - Lille, FR - L’Aéronef
Mon. Nov. 25 - Birmingham, UK - Hare & Hounds
Tue. Nov. 26 - Leeds, UK - Brudenell Social Club
Wed. Nov. 27 - Birkenhead, UK - Future Yard
Thu. Nov. 28 - Bristol, UK - Strange Brew
Fri. Nov. 29 - London, UK - Village Underground

Up On Gravity Hill is available to preorder now on CD/LP/DSPs from Sub Pop. LP preorders in North America from megamart.subpop.com, and select independent retailers will receive the Loser Edition on clear w/ red splatter vinyl. LP orders from independent retail stores & Mega Mart 2 (the new, UK-based sibling site to the world-famous Sub Pop Mega Mart) in the UK and Europe will receive the Loser Edition on Opaque Yellow vinyl. All colored vinyl versions are available while stock lasts.


METZ
Up On Gravity Hill
 
Tracklisting:
1. No Reservation / Love Comes Crashing
2. Glass Eye
3. Entwined (Street Light Buzz)
4. 99
5. Superior Mirage
6. Wound Tight
7. Never Still Again
8. Light Your Way Home


Posted by Abbie Gobeli

NEWS : FRI, JUN 2, 2023 at 7:00 AM

Weird Nightmare Covers the Ramones’ “She’s the One”

Weird Nightmare, the new project from Alex Edkins of METZ, has released a cover of the Ramones’ song “She’s the One.” Edkins delivers a refreshingly low-key rendition of this punk rock classic showcasing Beatles-esque harmonies, Duane Eddy-inspired fuzz guitar, and pedal steel played by Aaron Goldstein.  “She’s the One” is available for your listening & viewing pleasure now. Watch the official animated skate video directed by Ladyhead Design that cruises through the streets of Toronto to some of Edkins’ favorite haunts. 
 
Weird Nightmare has confirmed new shows for summer and fall 2023 throughout Canada, the Netherlands, and Scandinavia. These dates begin June 9th, with a performance at this year’s DO WEST FEST in Toronto, with an additional Canadian festival play on June 25th at the Sled Island Festival in Calgary. Edkins and co. will then head overseas in August and September, opening for Daniel Romano and Julianna Riolino throughout the Netherlands and Scandinavia. See below for a full list of shows.

Fri. Jun. 09 - Toronto, CA - DO WEST FEST
Sun. Jun. 25 - Calgary, CA - Sled Island Festival
Thu. Jul. 12 - Toronto, CA - Horseshoe Tavern $
Sat. Aug. 26 - Nijmegen, NL - Doornroosje #
Sun. Aug. 27 - Amsterdam, NL - Melkweg #
   Tue. Aug. 29 - Gothenburg, SE - Pustervik #
Wed. Aug. 30 - Malmo, SE - Folk å Rock #
Fri. Sep. 01 - Kristiansand S, NO - KICK Nattklubb & Scene #
Sat. Sep. 02 - Stavanger, NO - Folken #
Sun. Sep. 03 - Bergen, NO - Landmark #
Mon. Sep 04 - Oslo, NO - Rockefeller Music Hall #
Tue. Sep 05 - Trondheim, NO - Byscenen #
Wed. Sep. 06 - Östersund, SE - Nails Östersund #
Thu. Sep. 07 - Solna, SE -Värdshuset Koppartälten #
Fri. Sep. 08 - Copenhagen, DK - Global Copenhagen #
Tue. Sep 12 - Gent, BE - Vooruit #
 
$ w/ Protomartyr
# w/ Daniel Romano and Julianna Riolino

What people have been saying about Weird Nightmare:
“The debut Weird Nightmare album from METZ guitarist/vocalist Alex Edkins is a hook-filled set of blown-out power-pop with distorted guitars, punchy rhythms and bright pop melodies.” - KEXP
 
“The tension between chaos and order sparks gripping theater on songs like “Searching for You,” a descendant of “Anarchy in the UK,” the grunge-inclined “Lusitania” and the atypical, eight-minute ballad “Holding Out,” which suggests an angsty sleepwalker. Whatever the groove, Edkins sounds like a man on the verge of spontaneous combustion.” - THE BIG TAKEOVER
 
“Weird Nightmare is all about hooks and melody. Still delivered with levels in the red, but these are ultra catchy powerpop songs first and foremost, and really good ones at that.” - BROOKLYN VEGAN
 
“‘Weird Nightmare’ is Alex Edkins giving us an access-all-areas pass to his creative process. It’s an invite no-one should decline.” - NORTHERN TRANSMISSIONS
 
Weird Nightmare isn’t something that will have listeners running away or falling asleep. Edkins’s 10-song tracklist is a fun, energetic and zany concoction of sounds and textures that recall his main band while simultaneously taking things in fresh directions.” - EXCLAIM!
 
“If having fun and being free was what Edkins most wanted to come through on the recording of Weird Nightmare, he undoubtedly achieved it on his delightfully distorted and warped debut solo album.” - EXCLAIM!
 
“On the 10 tracks that comprise the project’s self-titled Sub Pop debut, Edkins revels in magnetic hooks and brighter, sunny melodies, exploring explicitly an aspect of his songwriting that had previously been mostly implicit.” - TREBLE
 
“…Weird Nightmare will bring a little noisy sunshine to your day.” - NARC




Posted by Abbie Gobeli

NEWS : FRI, DEC 2, 2022 at 11:00 AM

METZ and Mission of Burma “Good, Not Great” / “Get Off” Covers Now Available on Bandcamp

In 2016 Toronto noise-rock behemoths METZ teamed up with Boston post-punk legends Mission of Burma on a split single for Record Store Day. METZ contributed a cover of “Good, Not Great,” a track from Mission of Burma’s 2006 album The Obliterati, while Mission of Burma covered METZ’s 2012 anthem, “Get Off,” from their self-titled debut. The split 7” was limited to 4,000 copies worldwide. Now for the first time ever these songs are available digitally; for Bandcamp Friday starting today, December 2nd, and in all other DSPs on December 20th.

METZ celebrate ten years of their massively acclaimed self-titled debut this year and will embark on a “10 Years Anniversary Tour” where they’ll be playing the album in full. Dates begin on December 7th in Phoenix with stops in Los Angeles, Oakland, Seattle, Portland, St. Paul, and Chicago. Please find a full list of dates below. Tickets for all shows are on sale now. 
 
To further celebrate the 10th anniversary of METZ, in October Sub Pop released a deluxe edition of the album on all streaming services. This updated, thirteen-track album features the original ten songs along with new versions of “Wet Blanket,” “Wasted,” and “Get Off” from a 2013 BBC Radio 1 session at Maida Vale Studios with host Huw Stephens.
 
10 Years Anniversary Tour
Wed. Dec. 07 - Phoenix, AZ- Valley Bar +
Thu. Dec. 08 -  Los Angeles, CA - Teragram Ballroom +
Fri. Dec. 09 - Oakland, CA - The New Parish +
Sun. Dec. 11 - Seattle, WA - Neumos +
Mon. Dec. 12 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir Lounge *
Thu. Dec. 15 - St. Paul, MN - Turf Club *
Fri. Dec. 16 - Chicago, IL - Metro *
 
* w/ Spiritual Cramp
+ w/ Kowloon Walled City


Posted by Abbie Gobeli

NEWS : TUE, NOV 29, 2022 at 7:00 AM

Listen to Weird Nightmare’s Cover of “Our Love Will Still Be There” by Proto-Punkers The Troggs

Weird Nightmare’s gloriously distorted cover of The Troggs’ 1966 classic bummer ballad, “Our Love Will Still Be There” is out now. “British Invasion is a really big part of my musical DNA” shares Weird Nightmare’s Alex Edkins. “The Kinks, The Troggs, The Pretty Things are my go-to comfort music. I wear their influence pretty heavily on my sleeve on at least a couple Weird Nightmare songs, “I Think You Know” and “Lusitania” come to mind. The Troggs, and all the American garage bands they influenced, make distorted pop that, to my ears, sounds like the precursor to punk. Loose, gritty, immediate, and heartfelt.” 
 
This new cover follows the band’s self-titled full length debut, as well as the double A-Side split,  “I Think You Know” w/ “Bird With an Iron Head” with friends Ancient Shapes, in addition to the recently released single “So Far Gone.” 
 
Weird Nightmare are currently on tour opening a batch of US dates w Archers of Loaf, before and then after Edkins heads out on a special 10 Years Anniversary Tour on the US west coast w METZ in December. See below for a full list of dates. 
 
Weird Nightmare Tour Dates w/ Archers of Loaf:
Fri. Dec. 02 - Brooklyn, NY - Warsaw
Wed. Jan. 11 - Toronto, ON - Lee’s Palace
Thu. Jan. 12 - Detroit, MI - El Club
Fri. Jan 13 - Chicago, IL - Bottom Lounge
Sat. Jan 14 - St. Louis, MO - Delmar Hall
Sun. Jan 15 - Nashville, TN - Basement East
 
METZ 10 Years Anniversary Tour Dates:
Wed. Dec. 07 - Phoenix AZ - Valley Bar #
Thu. Dec. 08 - Los Angeles, CA- Teragram Ballroom #
Fri. Dec. 09 - Oakland, CA - New Parish #
Sun. Dec. 11 - Seattle, WA - Neumos #
Mon. Dec. 12 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir Lounge #
Thu. Dec. 15 - St. Paul, MN - Turf Club *
Fri. Dec 16 - Chicago, IL - Metro *
 
# w/ Kowloon Walled City
* w/ Spiritual Cramp
 
What people have been saying about Weird Nightmare:
“The debut Weird Nightmare album from METZ guitarist/vocalist Alex Edkins is a hook-filled set of blown-out power-pop with distorted guitars, punchy rhythms and bright pop melodies.” - KEXP
 
“The tension between chaos and order sparks gripping theater on songs like “Searching for You,” a descendant of “Anarchy in the UK,” the grunge-inclined “Lusitania” and the atypical, eight-minute ballad “Holding Out,” which suggests an angsty sleepwalker. Whatever the groove, Edkins sounds like a man on the verge of spontaneous combustion.” - The Big Takeover
 
“Weird Nightmare is all about hooks and melody. Still delivered with levels in the red, but these are ultracatchy powerpop songs first and foremost, and really good ones at that.” - Brooklyn Vegan
 
“‘Weird Nightmare’ is Alex Edkins giving us an access all areas pass to his creative process. It’s an invite no-one should decline.” - Northern Transmissions
 
Weird Nightmare isn’t something that will have listeners running away or falling asleep. Edkins’s 10-song tracklist is a fun, energetic and zany concoction of sounds and textures that recall his main band while simultaneously taking things in fresh directions.” - Exclaim!
 
“If having fun and being free was what Edkins most wanted to come through on the recording of Weird Nightmare, he undoubtedly achieved it on his delightfully distorted and warped debut solo album.” - Exclaim!
 
“On the 10 tracks that comprise the project’s self-titled Sub Pop debut, Edkins revels in magnetic hooks and brighter, sunny melodies, exploring explicitly an aspect of his songwriting that had previously been mostly implicit.” - Treble
 
“…Weird Nightmare will bring a little noisy sunshine to your day.” - Narc



Posted by Abbie Gobeli

NEWS : WED, NOV 16, 2022 at 7:00 AM

Listen to the Very Latest From Weird Nightmare: “So Far Gone” Is an Exuberant Blast of Fun-as-Hell, Melodic Indie Rock

“So Far Gone,”  the latest track from Weird Nightmare, the electrifying new project from METZ guitarist and singer Alex Edkins is now available for your listening pleasure on all digital service providers. The single is an exuberant blast of fun-as-hell, melodic indie rock that mixes equal parts Replacements, Teenage Fanclub, and Edkins’ own METZ-ian snarl. This stand-alone track follows the double A-Side split,  “I Think You Know” w/ “Bird With an Iron Head” with friends Ancient Shapes, and the self-titled debut full-length released earlier this year, which was aptly described by The Quietus as “…an irresistibly euphoric blast of feedback spattered garage-pop that is just what the doctor ordered to chase away any lingering post-lockdown blues.”
 
Weird Nightmare will play a few Canadian shows later this week with Ancient Shapes, as well as a batch of US dates w Archers of Loaf, both before and then after Edkins heads out on a special 10 Years Anniversary Tour on the US west coast w METZ in December. See below for a full list of dates. 
 
Weird Nightmare Tour Dates w/ Ancient Shapes:
Thu. Nov. 17 - Hamilton, ON - Casbah
Fri. Nov. 18 - Toronto, ON - Lee’s Palace   
Sat. Nov 19 - St Catharines, ON - Warehouse
 
Weird Nightmare Tour Dates w/ Archers of Loaf:
Tue. Nov. 29 - Baltimore, MD -Ottobar
Wed. Nov. 30 - Philadelphia, PA - Underground Arts
Thu. Dec. 01 - Cambridge, MA - SInclair
Fri. Dec. 02 - Brooklyn, NY - Warsaw
Wed. Jan. 11 - Toronto, ON - Lee’s Palace
Thu. Jan. 12 - Detroit, MI - El Club
Fri. Jan 13 - Chicago, IL - Bottom Lounge
Sat. Jan 14 - St. Louis, MO - Delmar Hall
Sun. Jan 15 - Nashville, TN - Basement East
 
METZ 10 Years Anniversary Tour Dates:
Wed. Dec. 07 - Phoenix AZ - Valley Bar #
Thu. Dec. 08 - Los Angeles, CA- Teragram Ballroom #
Fri. Dec. 09 - Oakland, CA - New Parish #
Sun. Dec. 11 - Seattle, WA - Neumos #
Mon. Dec. 12 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir Lounge #
Thu. Dec. 15 - St. Paul, MN - Turf Club *
Fri. Dec 16 - Chicago, IL - Metro *
 
# w/ Kowloon Walled City
* w/ Spiritual Cramp
 
What people have been saying about Weird Nightmare:
“The debut Weird Nightmare album from METZ guitarist/vocalist Alex Edkins is a hook-filled set of blown-out power-pop with distorted guitars, punchy rhythms and bright pop melodies.” - KEXP
 
“The tension between chaos and order sparks gripping theater on songs like “Searching for You,” a descendant of “Anarchy in the UK,” the grunge-inclined “Lusitania” and the atypical, eight-minute ballad “Holding Out,” which suggests an angsty sleepwalker. Whatever the groove, Edkins sounds like a man on the verge of spontaneous combustion.” - The Big Takeover
 
“Weird Nightmare is all about hooks and melody. Still delivered with levels in the red, but these are ultracatchy powerpop songs first and foremost, and really good ones at that.” - Brooklyn Vegan
 
“‘Weird Nightmare’ is Alex Edkins giving us an access all areas pass to his creative process. It’s an invite no-one should decline.” - Northern Transmissions
 
Weird Nightmare isn’t something that will have listeners running away or falling asleep. Edkins’s 10-song tracklist is a fun, energetic and zany concoction of sounds and textures that recall his main band while simultaneously taking things in fresh directions.” - Exclaim!
 
“If having fun and being free was what Edkins most wanted to come through on the recording of Weird Nightmare, he undoubtedly achieved it on his delightfully distorted and warped debut solo album.” - Exclaim!
 
“On the 10 tracks that comprise the project’s self-titled Sub Pop debut, Edkins revels in magnetic hooks and brighter, sunny melodies, exploring explicitly an aspect of his songwriting that had previously been mostly implicit.” - Treble
 
“…Weird Nightmare will bring a little noisy sunshine to your day.” - Narc



Posted by Abbie Gobeli

NEWS : MON, SEP 12, 2022 at 6:00 AM

“Come On Down,” The Towering New METZ Single Featuring IDLES’ Joe Talbot, Is Available Today On All DSPs Worldwide From Sub Pop

Today, Monday, September 12th sees the release of two, very awesome METZ tracks on all DSPs: “Come On Down,” the new track featuring Joe Talbot of IDLES, along with the previously unreleased “Heaven’s Gate,” originally available only in the Cyberpunk 2077 video game, released in 2020.
 
Of the “Come On Down” single and collaboration, METZ’s Alex Edkins offers this, “‘Come On Down’ was originally recorded during the Atlas Vending sessions but never fully finished. During the pandemic I really gravitated towards the idea of collaboration as a way to fill the void left by the loss of live music. I reached out to friends from far and wide in order to get that feeling of community that gigs provide. Joe Talbot (IDLES) is a longtime friend who METZ has shared the stage with many, many times, and this song was a very natural and fun way to catch up with him and do something positive with our time off the road.”
 
Joe Talbot had this to say, “METZ have been a band we’ve looked up to since they came into our lives and made things better. I will never forget the first time I saw them or any of the other times. Allowing me to sing with them is a gift and I hope you like it. I love it and I love them. Long live METZ.”
 
Watch the fiery, fully-feathered Bass Tone directed video for “Come On Down” now.
 
This fall, METZ will celebrate the 10-year anniversary of their massively acclaimed self-titled Sub Pop debut with a series of North American shows where they will play the album in its entirety. “The 10 Years Anniversary Tour” will span two legs, the first starting October 13th in Toronto at The Opera House with stops in Pittsburgh, Baltimore, Brooklyn, Hamden, Philadelphia, Durham, Birmingham, Atlanta, and Denton, and the second beginning December 7th in Phoenix and taking them through Los Angeles, Oakland, Seattle, Portland, St. Paul, and Chicago. Preceding these shows is a performance on Saturday, October 1st at Livewire’s 30th Anniversary Show at The Mississippi Room at The Lafayette Hotel in San Diego. Please find a full list of dates below.
 
October 2022
Sat. Oct. 01 - San Diego, CA - Livewire 30th Anniversary Show @ The Mississippi Room at Lafayette Hotel ^
 
The 10 Year Anniversary Tour
Thu. Oct. 13 - Toronto, ON - The Opera House
Thu. Oct. 20 -  Pittsburgh, PA - Spirit *
Fri. Oct. 21 - Baltimore, MD - Baltimore Soundstage *
Sat. Oct. 22 - Brooklyn, NY - Warsaw *
Sun. Oct. 23 - Hamden, CT - Space Ballroom *
Mon. Oct. 24 - Philadelphia, PA - Underground Arts *
Tue. Oct. 25 - Durham, NC - Motorco Music Hall*
Wed. Oct. 26 - Birmingham, AL - Saturn *
Thu. Oct. 27 - Atlanta, GA - The Earl *
Fri. Oct. 29 - Denton, TX - No Coast Fest @ Rubber Gloves
Wed. Dec. 07 - Phoenix, AZ- Valley Bar +
Thu. Dec. 08 -  Los Angeles, CA - Teragram Ballroom +
Fri. Dec. 09 - Oakland, CA - The New Parish +
Sun. Dec. 11 - Seattle, WA - Neumos +
Mon. Dec. 12 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir Lounge *
Thu. Dec. 15 - St. Paul, MN - Turf Club *
Fri. Dec. 16 - Chicago, IL - Metro *

^ w/ Spits + Deadbolt
* w/ Spiritual Cramp
+ w/ Kowloon Walled City


METZ
“Come On Down” (feat. Joe Talbot)
b/w “Heaven’s Gate”


Posted by Abbie Gobeli