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Metz are a rock band from Toronto, Ontario, Canada whose sound often functions as an outlier of the punk genre. While they embrace punk’s characteristic primal energy and often minimalist construction their sound exerts a uniquely constructed style defined by cacophonous waves of noise and brooding percussive force.
The group formed in 2008 as a three piece consisting of Alex Edkins (guitars), Chris Slorach (bass), and Hayden Menzies (drums). Their sound holds strong stylistic ties to revolutionary post-punk acts like Public Image Ltd., noise-shoegazers such as the Jesus Lizard, and Steve Albini’s no wave outfit Shellac.
Like most groups finding their way into the chaotic music industry, Metz formed out of pure enjoyment of playing music. They did not possess expectations that they were going to make it, but their sound caught on with the public and critics alike. From 2009 - 2010 they released a couple singles through the label We Are busy Bodies, which included “Soft Whiteout/ Lump Sums”, “Ripped On the Fence/ Dry Up”, and “Negative Space/ Automat”.
In 2012 Metz issued their 1st self titled studio album through renowned indie label Sub Pop. This release garnered universal acclaim, receiving high praise from media outlets like The A.V. Club, Consequence of Sound, NME, and Pitchfork (the latter which placed the album on their Top 50 albums of 2012 list). Many assigned Metz with comparisons to The Sonics, Jawbox, and Nirvana and soon after the album’s release it was shortlisted for the 2013 Polaris Music Prize. In 2013 Metz released their Polaris Prize 2013 single “Get Off”, which was pressed on yellow vinyl and limited to 500 copies. This single came out through both Sub Pop and Scion Sessions.
In addition to their debut studio album Metz put out several other releases including their single “Dirty Shirt” their split with Fresh Snow, which was issued through the Sonic Boom Recording Co. and a self-released cassette comprised of the songs “Wet Blanket” and “Pig”. The group spent two rigorous years on the road promoting their studio debut, spending several dates opening for bands like Mudhoney and Mission of Burma. Their 2nd album aptly titled “II” is set for a 2015 Spring release and was preceded by their single “Acetate”.
To this day, i have seen Metz two times, and both concert was amazing and intense. The first one was at Southside Festival in Germany, were the play very early (at lunch time) for a extremely short set of 30 minutes on the biggest stage. Despite the cold weather, the too big stage comparing the audience size (merely 50 peoples) and the tiredness because of waking up that early, we spend a very good time with Metz.
Their show was brutal and intense, with a proportional amount of songs from the two album. Metz played like if it was midnight in a small venue, with all their energy and rage, but also professionalism by putting up a solid show. The only regret was the shortness of the show, and the fact we were almost 20 meters from the band, even by being at the front barrier.
The second show was in Kinski club in Zürich, famous in the underground scene with iconic bands playing there. Needless to say, the show was even more intense and crazy. The small venue was perfect for the band (even if we would have love to have a bit more space), were they’ve played the majority of the two albums. Metz have a very good contact with the crowd, are joyful and also talented.
But most of all, they are honest. While speaking with them a bit, it was obvious they had a lot of fun playing and giving so much.
If Metz is playing in your town, you should definitely go. It’s rare to see and experience such a powerful concert, and Metz are really good a it. You’ll end up soaked and exhausted, with the feeling that a Steamroller of sounds just roll over you. And if Metz music isn’t really your style, i strongly recommend you give them a chance because that is the kind of shows you have to lived at least once in your life.
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Metz are a very interesting band dubbing their sound as noise rock, and post-punk. I’ll be completely honest, they should be called post music, or just “noise”, or maybe “life gets better after high school, honest, these guys are just an exception”. The singer, Alex Edkins just relentlessly shouts above this music. It sounds like he has a lot of feelings. But anyway, lets focus on the positives about this band. This audience absolutely loves the buzz that they’re making, there are people shouting along with their hands in the air the whole time, some people running back and forth through this venue, initiating mosh pits so much that by the end of the night, there is beer all over the floor, and it’s a case of having to really pull your foot off the floor every step you take. This band seem to be passionate about what they do, even if it is not playing your instruments very well, making a racket, not tuning your instruments and shouting your many feelings as loud as you can through a microphone.
Metz always brings it, in that stereotypical nice Canadian way. When we first saw them at Mercury Lounge, the bass player crashed the neck of his bass into my girlfriend and immediately apologized abashedly, which she loved. Lead singer's glasses always fog up, also a fan favorite. And that drummer just pounds away. Bully was the fan favorite though -- the place was packed for them and emptied out a bit for Metz, which has been a noticeable trend at NYC shows of late...people really do pick and choose, which is cool in a way and not cool in a way...Bully gets hard, alternative rock just right...throwing in a few slow ones that work and then just banging it out. Definitely a must-see.
Amazing show with so much energy and the venue is so perfect for a show like this. METZ always puts on a epic show. This was my first time seeing them live and now I will see them every time there near me. Can’t wait to introduce Metz to my friends
This concert had all the wild that the albums have. I was jumping around the whole time. It was hectic when Acetate started to play but that made it a whole lot better. Can't wait for them to come back into Austin!
Whoa. A full sonic assault for an hour of sheer unbridled something. A total mishmash of energy - not sure if it's rage, joy or something in between. Whatever it is, it was felt. And felt deeply. Whoa indeed.
Nothing more to add except go and see them. I need to write more words cause the app says it needs 30 words.. Hopefully that's it.wait its is still saying more words....ah there you go.
Absolutely killed it last night. Great gig & bass player's a legend, signed my records & had a chat no worries. Must get fed up of that. Back in November with Protomartyr, keeping an eye out for that.
So, this show was not in Richmond Virginia . I have seen Metz play before and they are really good live. I wish it wasn't a mistake in advertising. .................... Mom.............. Mmmmmmmmmmmmm
Good to see these guys again. We've been to every show they've played in Chicago. The show at Thalia Hall was loud enough. Just wish they played Ratz... and longer.. and louder.
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Band in the USA: METZ take debut album out on 10-year anniversary tour
Alright, looks like we have ourselves a bit of a good news / bad news situation on this idle Tuesday. Turns out METZ are hitting the road this fall to celebrate the 10th anniversary (!!!) of their debut record, which dropped way back on October 9, 2012 via Sub Pop. We still have an awesome headache from the first time we heard this unfuckwithable beast from the Toronto blokes, and we’re psyched at the idea of this kind of tour. But oh yeah, right, the bad news: There’s no Boston date on this run, so we’ll all just have to pack into our Ford Focuses and drive down to Space Ballroom in Connecticut to thrash our heads and reminisce about Kelly Gruber. Probably worth it.
METZ 2022 Debut Album 10th Anniversary Tour: October 13: Toronto, ON @ The Opera House October 20: Pittsburgh, PA @ Spirit* October 21: Baltimore, MD @ Baltimore Soundstage* October 22: Brooklyn, NY @ Warsaw* October 23: Hamden, CT @ Space Ballroom* October 24: Philadelphia, PA @ Underground Arts* October 25: Durham, NC @ Motorco Music Hall* October 26: Birmingham, AL @ Saturn* October 27: Atlanta, GA @ The Earl* October 29: Denton, TX @ No Coast Fest December 7: Phoenix, AZ @ Valley Bar+ December 8: Los Angeles, CA @ Teragram Ballroom+ December 9: Oakland, CA @ The New Parish+ December 11: Seattle, WA @ Neumos+ December 12: Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge+ December 15: Saint Paul, MN @ Turf Club* December 16: Chicago, IL @ Metro **Spiritual Cramp +Kowloon Walled City
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Canadian punk band METZ celebrates 10th anniversary of debut album in Oakland
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Updated on: December 3, 2022 / 2:11 PM PST / CBS San Francisco
OAKLAND -- One of Canada's most celebrated modern-rock bands makes a Bay Area stop Friday when METZ brings its current tour marking the tenth anniversary of their first album to the New Parish in Oakland with support from acclaimed local outfit Kowloon Walled City.
One of the leading lights of punk in North America in the past decade, Canadian trio METZ was formed in Ottowa in 2008 by guitarist/singer Alex Edkins, bassist Chris Slorach and drummer Hayden Menzies. The band quickly developed its tuneful take on noise-rock indebted to the sounds of the Jesus Lizard, Drive Like Jehu and early Nirvana through its early live performances and a string of singles recorded for Toronto-based imprint We Are Busy Bodies Records.
Those kinetic, pile-driving tunes and the band's reputation for ferocious onstage delivery would earn the group a deal with Sub Pop Records, which released METZ's eponymous debut album. Clocking in at just under a half an hour, the explosive effort earned the band wide praise and was nominated for Canada's Polaris Music Prize in 2013.
Over the course of the trio's subsequent three albums for the label, METZ has largely stuck to its original template of mixing corrosive, desperate riffs with flashes of surprisingly catchy melodies while working with a couple of noise-rock icons along the way. They collaborated with Drive Like Jehu/Hot Snakes/Rocket From the Crypt guitarist John Reis on a two-song single in 2016 and had legendary engineer Steve Albini record their third album Strange Peace that came out the following year.
Sub Pop issued the compilation Automat that collected some of the threesome's hard-to-find singles and unreleased early material in 2019 to appease fans while METZ worked on their fourth album. Atlas Vending was released in 2020 and pushed the band's into more experimental territory -- sometimes recalling Sonic Youth -- while retaining its signature locomotive energy. Amid the pandemic shutdown that kept the band home when they would have been touring, Sub Pop this past summer released Live at the Opera House , an audio and video document that ably captures the relentless intensity of a METZ performance.
METZ finally returns to the Bay Area for the first time since playing the Independent over a year ago with fellow Canadian post-punk group Preoccupations and like-minded Chicago band FACS, headlining this show in Oakland at the New Parish Friday as part of its tour marking the tenth anniversary of their eponymous debut album. Joining the band for a run of West Coast dates is Oakland-based heavy-music iconoclasts Kowloon Walled City.
Named after the densely populated, post-apocalyptic Hong Kong slum notorious for its high crime rate that was completely demolished in the early 1990s, Kowloon Walled City has been crafting its compelling mix of minimalist drones, brooding tension and ferociously crushing guitar riffs since forming in 2007. Led by singer/guitarist Scott Evans (who also produces the band's recordings) and guitarist Jon Howell, the quartet has refined a unique take on noise-rock that nods equally to feral sounds being unleashed on the Touch and Go and Amphetamine Reptile labels 30 years ago and the more subdued, measured music of experimentalists like Slint and Tortoise over the course of four albums and numerous EP and split releases.
While early efforts like their first EP Turk Street in 2008 and their proper full-length debut Gambling on the Richter Scale the following year laid out a basic template for the band's approach, Kowloon Walled City made a quantum leap forward with the sludgy, pulverizing songs on Container Ships in 2012. The band would tour extensively, sharing stages with such boundary pushing noise-rock, punk and metal acts as YOB, Sumac, Oxbow and Sleep.
The quartet took the better part of five years to finally finish the follow-up to it's celebrated third album Grievances for Neurot Recordings, the imprint run by SF experimental metal heroes Neurosis, after bringing on new drummer Dan Sneddon (formerly of SF metal band Early Graves). Fans found the wait for the band's dirge-filled opus Piecework last year was well worth it. Pushing their use of negative space and tension to the breaking point, Kowloon Walled City's cathartic latest effort has been widely hailed as the band's finest yet. Fellow Oakland noise-rock group Facet opens the show.
METZ and Kowloon Walled City with Facet Friday, Dec. 9, 8 p.m. $25 The New Parish
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Logan Metz was offered a Fulbright Scholarship last year to teach in Spain.
He turned it down.
"It was the best decision I ever made in my life," said Metz, 32, from Wauwatosa.
Instead, Metz, who has a master's degree from the University of Chicago, decided to join a band with his college buddy.
That may sound like an early midlife crisis. But that buddy is Lukas Nelson, frontman for Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real. The band has toured and recorded albums with Neil Young, and Nelson co-produced and co-wrote several songs for Bradley Cooper's "A Star Is Born." And, yes, he's Willie's son.
As the keyboardist and lap steel player for Promise of the Real since January 2018, Metz has performed across the country and gotten to meet "all of my heroes," including the Rolling Stones, Joni Mitchell, Paul Simon, the Who, the Grateful Dead's Bob Weir, the Doors' Robby Krieger and "Weird Al" Yankovic.
"It's been just embarrassingly fun," Metz told the Journal Sentinel. "I get to hang out with my best friends and roll around on a rickety old bus and exhaust ourselves doing what we love."
That bus is taking Metz back home. Promise of the Real will be performing at Farm Aid at Alpine Valley Music Theatre in East Troy Saturday — where collaborations with Willie Nelson and Young are likely — and the band is headlining its own show at Turner Hall Ballroom Tuesday.
'Super thrilled' to be playing Farm Aid
For Metz, Wisconsin is still home. Between band duties, he lives on a farm outside Oshkosh that's been in the family since the mid-to-late 1800s.
"My brother is taking on that (farming) tradition, against all odds," Metz said of the land, called Rusty Buckets Farm, which provides cabin rentals, hosts weddings and events, and grows and sells produce. "When I learned (Farm Aid) was going to be in Wisconsin, I was super thrilled. … It means so much to me that my brother will be there, hanging with other local farmers, hearing stories of the plight of our food providers. … Farmers have been the source of all life, and their stories can't be told enough."
Metz also credits his brother with getting him hooked on music when they were kids in Wauwatosa.
"My older brother and I found our parents' record collection when I was maybe 9 or 10. I got into the Beatles, Pink Floyd, all the good stuff," Metz said. "My brother played piano and I started off imitating him. I took piano lessons in third or fourth grade, but was pretty much self-taught after that. … With an eight-track tape recorder, my brother and I figured out how to do multi-tracking when I was super young."
Metz also learned trumpet, harmonica and other instruments at Wauwatosa's Longfellow Middle School. He was in the jazz band at Marquette University High School, played in some bands with friends, and did Bob Dylan covers while working at a Potbelly Sandwich Shop.
After graduating from Marquette High in 2006, Metz went to Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, where he studied screenwriting and philosophy. Befriending Nelson there turned out to be the best development for his career.
"We had a Psych 101 class together and hit it off immediately," Metz said. "We would do open mic nights, and I had a guitar and he had one, so we'd jam and hang out."
"We were friends for a while before I knew that he was music royalty," Metz continued. "Dylan came up and Lukas said, 'Hey, you know I have actually played with him on stage.' At this point I was 18, and Dylan was my absolutely hero. So I asked, 'How did you end up doing that?' and Lukas replied, 'Do you know who Willie Nelson is? That's my dad.' "
Playing with Willie Nelson: 'Just the best'
Metz eventually got to meet Willie himself, and share a stage with him.
"Playing with Willie is just the best," Metz said. "It is the high honor of my life. He's the coolest guy on the planet."
Metz is also friends with Lukas' brother Micah, who started at Loyola Marymount a year after Lukas, and performs today behind the stage name Particle Kid. (He'll be at Farm Aid Saturday, too.) Micah played drums in Metz's band the Reflectals, including a tour in 2011.
"After that, I had to get a job," Metz said.
He taught grade school English and music, then, missing the Midwest, went to the University of Chicago for his master's degree, with an emphasis on English literature.
"I wanted to be a professor," Metz said, but after completing the program, he got burned out teaching high school English. He played piano bars in Chicago, got a cruise ship gig for six months. He landed that Fulbright scholarship, but then connected again with Lukas.
"He didn't have a keyboard player anymore and I was like, 'Hey man, I'm finally not doing anything,' " Metz said. "He was very sweet and said, 'I have been waiting 10 years for you to call me.' "
From David Letterman to the Rolling Stones
On the first day of the job, Metz was in the studio recording for the band's summer album "Turn Off the News (Build a Garden)." On the third day, he met David Letterman and Rick Rubin, for a performance filmed for Letterman's Netflix show.
He had never touched a lap steel guitar until Lukas asked him to last year; this year, he was playing the instrument on "The Late Show With Stephen Colbert" and in front of tens of thousands of people opening for the Who and the Rolling Stones.
During one crazy 24-hour period, Promise of the Real opened for the Stones at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey, got to the hotel at 2 a.m., then went to ABC Studios in New York two hours later to perform on "Good Morning America" on no sleep.
But as exciting as his life has been lately, Metz says the best parts of his job are the headlining gigs at 1,000-seat venues like Turner Hall Ballroom this Tuesday.
"That show is going to be really special," he said. "I love it when people are there to see us and losing their minds and we only stop playing when they pull the plug."
What: Lukas Nelson and Promise of the Real
When: 8 p.m. Tuesday
Where: Turner Hall Ballroom, 1040 N. Phillips Ave.
How much?: $30 in advance at the Pabst Theater box office (144 E. Wells St.), the Riverside Theater box office (116 W. Wisconsin Ave.), (414) 286-3663 and pabsttheater.org . $35 at the door.
Bonus Gig: Lukas Nelson and Promise of the Real also will play a short set at 2:48 p.m. Saturday for Farm Aid at Alpine Valley Music Theatre, 2699 County Road D, East Troy. A limited number of tickets, priced between $59.50 and $249.50, are available at livenation.com .
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8 – Guided Tour of the Tretyakov Gallery
As one of the world’s most important galleries, the Tretyakov Gallery is a must-see for any art lovers and is one of the best Moscow tours for culture vultures. Learn about the masterworks of Pablo Tretyakov with a guided tour and discover the secrets behind the paintings. Other noticeable artists on view include Fedotov, Vasnetsov, Rokotov and Kiprenski, who is the author of the famous “Portrait of Alexander Pushkin”.
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9 – Alternative Moscow: 2-Hour Walking Tour
See a different side of Moscow with this 2-hour alternative tour. An expert guide will take you around quirky streets, suburbs and squares while as your veer away from the traditional tourist hotspots. Highlights include a ride on the famous “Annushka” tram and a visit to the neighbourhood of Khitrovka, which was once known as the criminal district of the city.
10 – St.Basil’s Cathedral and Red Square: Private Tour and Ticket
Combine two of Moscow’s biggest attractions with a visit to Red Square and St.Basil’s Cathedral. Admire the beautiful architecture of St.Basil’s Cathedral from inside and out, before wandering Red Square and learn about the soldiers, farmers and revolutionaries that all called this famous square their home. Round things off with the changing of the guard at Alexander Garden.
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11 – Bunker-42 Cold War Museum Guided Tour
Moscow is notorious for the Cold War, which lasted for about 45 years between 1945 and 1990. Head to the world-famous Bunker-42, located 65 meters below ground level, and learn about the storied past. Visit rooms and passages that were set up to shelter 3,000 people in case of nuclear attack and discover other sections, such as the equipment room and the war-proof telecommunications system.
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12 – Architecture Tour of Moscow’s Metro and Kolomenskoye Estate
Combine the beauty of the metro stations with the Kolomenskoye Estate and see some of Moscow’s grandest sights. After visiting the elegant metro stations, it’s time to go to the Kolomenskoye Estate, which is filled with UNESCO-listed sites that are dedicated to Tsar Peter the Great.
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13 – Tour of Soviet Moscow
Unpick the history of the USSR with one of the best Moscow tours for discovering Soviet Moscow. Starting at Monument to the Conquerors of Space, a tribute to the success of the Soviet space programme, the tour includes historical landmarks and interesting tidbits about Soviet Russia. There is also a visit to the All-Russia Exhibition Centre (VDNKh), a site that was constructed under the aegis of the USSR in tribute to state achievements.
14 – Moscow: 2.5-Hour Luxury River Cruise with Dining Option
Sail down the Moscow River on this 2.5 hour tour that provides a different perspective of the city and includes landmark sights. The boat features two decks and has panoramic views as well as free Wi-Fi access. Attractions along the route include Ukraine hotel, Sparrow Hills, Christ the Saviour Cathedral, Crimean Bridge, St. Basil’s Cathedral, Zaryadye Park and more.
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15 – Izmailovo Market and Vodka Museum Tour
Visit the museum of Vodka and gain insight into one of Russia’s most famous exports and head to the Izmailovo antique and handicraft market to find a gem or two. The tour starts with Izmailovo market, which features the iconic matryoshka dolls, fur hats and amber jewellery. Next up is a trip to the Museum of Vodka, where you will discover a distillery that dates back to the 15th century.
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16 – Súzdal and Vladímir Day Tour
Discover Russia’s famous “Golden Ring” on this tour of two medieval cities outside of Moscow. The historic city of Vladimir is first up with its Golden Gate, which is an ancient city-fortress that dates back to the 13th century. Next up is the neighbouring town of Suzdal, which features historic architecture and the Kremlin, where you can see its striking white walls topped with blue domes.
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17- Moscow Food Tasting & Walking Tour
Sample the unique flavours of Moscow with this food tour that lasts for 3 hours and features more than 15 different food and drink tastings. Weave in and out of small alleys in the city centre while enjoying the best food spots in town. See Moscow like a local while trying classic dishes from local breakfast haunts, bustling markets, the oldest monastery in Moscow, and dumpling cafes where you can taste authentic dumplings and enjoy local coffee.
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