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
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
Strange Wilds begin ripping their way across North American in support of their debut album, Subjective Concepts, tomorrow night, Thursday, September 25th at Black Lodge in Seattle. The tour keeps on rolling until November 21st, and takes the band throughout the continental U.S.
Newly added tour dates include: October 10th in Athens, OH at Galbreath Chapel; October 14th in Annondale, NY at SMOG at Bard College; October 15th in Brooklyn, NY at the Knitting Factory for Sub Pop & Hardly Art’s CMJ showcase; November 8th in San Diego, CA at the Soda Bar; and November 12th in Bakersfield, CA at Temblor Brewing Company; November 20th in Tacoma, WA at Real Art. (details below)
New to (or already obsessed with) Strange Wilds? Find their YouTube playlist (feat. the official “Pronoia” video) right here.
Strange Wilds’ Subjective Concepts is available now on CD / LP / DL at the Sub Pop Mega Mart, iTunes, Amazon and Bandcamp. All customers who order the LP version of Subjective Concepts from megamart.subpop.com and Bandcamp will receive the limited “Loser Edition” on white vinyl while supplies last. (There’s a new T-shirt design available too)
What do ‘They” say about Strange Wilds? Here are some good words:
“Pronoia is the opposite of paranoia, essentially the happy delusion that there is a conspiracy that exists to help people. It’s also the name of the hellish four-minute blast of noise that’s the best song on this debut album by Seattle trio Strange Wilds. The follow-up to 2014’s four-track ‘Wet’ EP, Subjective Concepts sounds like it was raised on ‘Bleach’-era Nirvana and aligns the band with their Washington peers Milk Music and Naomi Punk. They build a monumental wall of hardcore noise on ‘Egophillia’, before taking a wrecking ball to it and screaming wildly into the mess. Elsewhere, there are tight grooves on ‘Disdain’ and ‘Terrible’, and the guttural riffs on ‘Starved For’ offer plenty for bleeding gums to gnaw on.” -NME
“Touch And Go-style post rock with early grunge.” - The AV Club
“Northwestern American trio tap into grunge’s collective unconscious, channelling crushing riffs and ancestral memories of hardcore.” MOJO
“Loud, sneering, and heavy-set, Subjective Concepts could come wrapped in a rain-soaked plaid shirt.” - LOUD & QUIET
“Taut, virile hardcore punk with a seething intelligence… It’s an absolute gem.” - CLASH MUSIC
“An undeniably exciting listen.” - UNCUT
“With their excellent full-length debut, this savage young trio offers a stiff reminder of those bygone halcyon days when Chad Channing drummed for Nirvana instead of Dave Grohl. But while the barbed, razor-sharp riffs and tightrope bass thuds of Bleach largely inform the scrappy nature of key tracks like caustic opener “Pronoia” and the pensive “Oneirophobe,” there is an influential undercurrent of the signature sounds of their own city back in the day as well. Shades of K Records classics from Beat Happening and Some Velvet Sidewalk additionally factor into the more melodic elements of Subjective Concepts, particularly within the structures of college radio-ready songs like “Don’t Have To” and “Lose and Found.” - PASTE
“They are a powerful outfit, and Subjective Concepts is cohesive and fierce.” - Pitchfork
“Toggles between a coiled-snake groove and the kind of full scream-along ferocity that makes you want to thrash around in a small, dark room with a bunch of sweaty strangers. This is noisy, heavy, grimy music, and it’s great.” [“Pronoia”] - Stereogum
“A sludged-out mess of hardcore that slam dances with the Seattle label’s past and it wouldn’t be surprising at all to see them on a tour run that’s stacked with Mogwai, METZ, or Pissed Jeans” [“Pronoia”] - BLARE
“‘Starved For’ sounds exactly like what you’d want to be listening to if you lived inside of a Tony Hawk Pro Skater game.” - Noisey
Sep. 25 - Seattle, WA - Black Lodge Sep. 26 - Vancouver, BC - The Biltmore Sep. 27 - Portland, OR - They Know Sep. 30 - Olympia, WA - Old School Oct. 01 - San Francisco, CA - Hemlock Oct. 02 - Los Angeles, CA - The Smell Oct. 03 - Tempe, AZ - Time Out Lounge Oct. 04 - Albuquerque, NM - Sister Oct. 05 - Denver, CO - Rhinoceropolis Oct. 06 - Omaha, NE - West Wing Oct. 07 - Columbia, MO - Cafe Berlin Oct. 08 - Milwaukee, WI - Riverwest Public House Oct. 09 - Chicago, IL - Empty Bottle Oct. 10 - Athens, OH - Galbreath Chapel Oct. 11 - Detroit, MI - Marble Bar Oct. 12 - Cleveland, OH - Now That’s Class Oct. 13 - Pittsburgh, PA - Spirit Oct. 14 - Annondale, NY - SMOG at Bard College Oct. 15 - Brooklyn, NY - Knitting Factory (Sub Pop / Hardly Art CMJ Showcase) Oct. 16 - Brooklyn, NY - Union Pool (Strange Victory Touring CMJ Party) Oct. 17 - New York, NY - Aviv Oct. 18 - Montreal, QC - Turbo Haus Oct. 19 - Toronto, ON - Smiling Buddha Oct. 20 - Rochester, NY - Bug Jar Oct. 21 - Albany, NY - The Low Beat Oct. 22 - Providence, RI - Aurora Oct. 23 - Philadelphia, PA - Kung Fu Necktie Oct. 24 - Washington, DC - The (sea) Lab Oct. 26 - RIchmond, VA - Strange Matter Oct. 27 - Asheville, NC - Tiger Mountain Oct. 28 - Atlanta, GA - Drunken Unicorn Oct. 30 - Miami, FL - Kill Your Idol Oct. 31 - Gainesville, FL - Fest 14 / The Atlantic Nov. 01 - Jacksonville, FL - Rain Dogs Nov. 02 - New Orleans, LA - Siberia Nov. 03 - Houston, TX - Walter’s Downtown Nov. 04 - Austin, TX - Beerland Nov. 06 - Tucson, AZ - Hotel Congress Nov. 08 - San Diego, CA - Soda Bar Nov. 09 - Fullerton, CA - Continental Room Nov. 10 - El Centro, CA - Strangers Nov. 11 - Los Angeles, CA - All Star Lanes Nov. 12 - Bakersfield, CA - Temblor Brewing Company Nov. 13 - Oakland, CA - 1-2-3-4 Go Records Nov. 14 - Santa Rosa, CA - Atlas Coffee Company Nov. 16 - Reno, NV - The Holland Project Nov. 17 - Salt Lake City, UT - Diabolical Records Nov. 18 - Boise, ID - Neurolux Nov. 19 - Portland, OR - Bunk Bar Nov. 20 - Tacoma, WA - Real Art Nov. 21 - Seattle, WA - The Highline
For more tour information + ticket links, please go here.
Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires deliver their distinct brand of Southern Rock to the people as their U.S. tour kicks off this week in support of recent single “Sweet Disorder” and Dereconstructed the group’s acclaimed 2014 album.
Got yer tickets but you just can’t wait for the show? Have a listen to the album right over here.
Their trek begins tomorrow night, September 25th in Lexington, KY at Cosmic Charlies and has been extended through Saturday, November 7th in Whitesburg, KY at Appalshop. The group will also be joined by Saddle Creek recording artists Pujol for select dates (as you’ll see below).
Single “Sweet Disorder!” was produced by Tim Kerr, cut by Jeremy Ferguson, mixed by Bains and Ferguson at Battletapes in Nashville, TN. The b-side, “Stars,” a Primitons cover, was recorded by Lee on Lee’s phone in Atlanta, GA and shined up by Ferguson, also at Battletapes.
Both “Sweet Disorder!” and Dereconstructed are available for purchase from Sub Pop Mega Mart, iTunes, Amazon, and your friendly neighborhood record shop.
What do The People have to say about Dereconstructed?
“Dereconstructed, the band’s second album, ponders Southern identity in a welter of cranked-up guitars, bristling drums and rasping, hollering vocals. It’s pandemonium with a conscience.” - New York Times
“A terrific album.” [4/5 Stars] - The Guardian
“If there’s one tradition Bains and the Glory Fires unquestioningly uphold, it’s the Friday-night custom of burning down the house.” - NPR Music
“It’s a dirty-sounding album, full of scuzzy red-line guitars and overdriven vocals, but even all that speaker-busting grit doesn’t hide the alluring melodies Bains threads among the mayhem.” - Paste
“Bains likes to rock. He and the Glory Fires wrap his commentaries, ruminations, and invective in what he calls “real Alabama rock ’n’ roll,” a raging burnpile of garage and Southern rock, dirty, supercharged blues and soul, Stonesy groove, Crazy Horse howl, and punk slam. With these songs, Bains surely wants to make you think; he surely will make you shake.” - The Boston Globe
Bains hails from Birmingham, a city torn apart by some of the South’s most tragic events, and the singer isn’t shy about assailing the shortcomings and flaws, while also delivering a dose of don’t-forget-where-you’re-from pride. It’s fiercely intelligent stuff with a raucous sound.” [Best Album of 2014] - Garden & Gun
Sep. 25 - Lexington, KY - Cosmic Charlies*
Sep. 26 - Louisville, KY - Zanzabar*
Sep. 27 - Champaign, IL - Pygmalion Festival
Sep. 28 - Chicago, IL - Empty Bottle *
Sep. 29 - Grand Rapids, MI - Pyramid Scheme *
Sep. 30 - Detroit, MI - UFO Factory *
Oct. 01 - Pittsburgh, PA - Smiling Moose *
Oct. 02 - Lancaster, PA - Lizard Lounge *
Oct. 03 - Brooklyn, NY - Baby’s All Right *
Oct. 04 - Providence, RI - Aurora *
Oct. 05 - Philadelphia, PA - Kung Fu Necktie *
Oct. 06 - Morgantown, WV - 123 Pleasant Street
Oct. 07 - Washington DC - Black Cat (Backstage)*
Oct. 08 - Harrisonburg, VA - Clementine Cafe *
Oct. 09 - Charlotte, NC - Milestone
Oct. 10 - Greenville, SC - Fall For Greenville
Oct. 20 - Oxford, MS - Proud Larry’s
Oct. 21 - Little Rock, AR - White Water Tavern
Oct. 22 - Dallas, TX - Three Links
Oct. 23 - San Antonio, TX - Paper Tiger
Oct. 24 - Austin, TX - Mohawk
Oct. 25 - Houston, TX - Walter’s
Oct. 26 - Baton Rouge, LA - Chelsea’s
Oct. 27 - New Orleans, LA - Siberia
Oct. 28 - Tallahassee, FL - Club Downunder *
Oct. 29 - Orlando, FL - Will’s Pub *
Oct. 30 - Tampa, FL - Crowbar
Oct. 31 - Jacksonville, FL - Burro Bar *
Nov. 01 - Gainesville, FL - The FEST
Nov. 05 - Raleigh, NC - Slim’s
Nov. 06- Richmond, VA - The Extravaganza @ Broadberry
Nov. 07 - Whitesburg, KY - Appalshop
* w/ Pujol
For more information + ticket links, please go here.
Melbourne’s mighty Deaf Wish will bring their thunderous live show stateside this October in support of Pain. The tour begins October 6th in Chicago at Township and ends October 24th in Seattle at Black Lodge.
In case you missed it: We suggest you experience the visual odyssey for “On” directed by Vincenzi Vandella, who describes it thusly: “Rainbows, Snakes, Chrome, Champagne. A live broadcast from the Deaf Wish cathedral.”
This fall, Strange Wilds embark on a North American tour in support of their debut album, Subjective Concepts, now available worldwide from Sub Pop. The trek starts September 25th in Seattle, WA at Black Lodge and ends November 19th in Portland, OR at Bunk Bar.
Preceding the tour, Strange Wilds also have a few Pacific Northwest dates for you noise loving fans: August 9th at Seattle’s Chop Suey (8pm), another August 9th show at Old School Pizzeria in Olympia (midnight), and August 10th in Tacoma at New Frontier Lounge. Please find a complete list of tour dates below.
As you might suspect, Strange Wilds’ Subjective Concepts is available on CD / LP / DL at the Sub Pop Mega Mart, iTunes, Amazon and Bandcamp. All customers who order the LP version of Subjective Concepts from megamart.subpop.com and Bandcamp will receive the limited “Loser Edition” on white vinyl while supplies last. That’s right: everyone’s a Loser here. T-shirt also available, individually and also bundled with the new record.
Tour Dates Aug. 09 - Seattle, WA - Chop Suey ^ (EARLY) Aug. 09 - Olympia, WA - Old School Pizzeria # (LATE) Aug. 10 - Tacoma, WA - New Frontier Lounge Sep. 25 - Seattle, WA - Black Lodge Sep. 27 - Portland, OR - They Know Sep. 30 - Olympia, WA - TBA Oct. 01 - San Francisco, CA - Hemlock Oct. 02 - Los Angeles, CA - The Smell Oct. 03 - Tempe, AZ - Time Out Lounge Oct. 05 - Denver, CO - Rhinoceropolis Oct. 09 - Chicago, IL - Empty Bottle Oct. 11 - Detroit, MI - Marble Bar Oct. 12 - Cleveland, OH - Now That’s Class Oct.16 - Brooklyn, NY - Union Pool (Strange Victory Touring CMJ Party) Oct. 19 - Toronto, ON - Smiling Buddha Oct. 20 - Rochester, NY - Bug Jar Nov. 01 - Jacksonville, FL - Rain Dogs Nov. 04 - Austin, TX - Beerland Nov. 09 - Fullerton, CA - Continental Room Nov. 10 - El Centro, CA - Strangers Nov. 11 - Los Angeles, CA - All Star Lanes Nov. 13 - Oakland, CA - 1-2-3-4 Go Records Nov. 18 - Boise, ID - Neurolux Nov. 19 - Portland, OR - Bunk Bar
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