METZ are here, playing 2 NYC shows (updated dates, MP3)
by Bill Pearis
DOWNLOAD: METZ – Headache (MP3)
As mentioned before and worth doing so again, Toronto’s METZ are on tour and in town, with two chances to see them in NYC: tonight (8/31) at Pianos with Birds & Batteries, Writer and ILLUMNTR (tickets); and then Saturday (9/1) at Death by Audio with Pop. 1280 and Herzog Rising. Updated tour dates are listed at the bottom of this post.
METZ’s debut album for Sub Pop is due out October 9 and jettisons through 11 songs in under a half an hour and does a surprisingly good job of bringing the band’s propulsive, concussive live energy to tape. There’s a big dose of AmRep style punk, but there’s a hooky-ness to the white squall. Still, it’s no match for their live show which is intense and frighteningly loud. Sometimes sheer volume is needed for that crushing feeling in your chest, not your ears. (Earplugs are suggested, unless you wanna fast-track tinnitus.) You can download “Headache” at the top of this post.
For tonight’s show, METZ are on one of the earlier slots. You could probably slip out afterwords and still make it to Italian glampunks Giuda‘s set down the street at Cake Shop, which would make for a pretty fun night.
A list of all tour dates and an album teaser video are below.
METZ – 2012 Tour Dates
Aug. 31 – New York, NY – Pianos
Sep. 01 – Brooklyn, NY – Death By Audio
Sep. 20 – Montreal, QC – Mission Santa Cruz ^^
Sep. 21 – Montreal, QC – Il Motore +
Oct. 06 – Ottawa, ON – Babylon
Oct. 10 – Guelph, ON – eBar
Oct. 11 – London, ON – APK Live
Oct. 12 – Toronto, ON – Horseshoe Tavern
Oct. 20 – Brighton, UK – The Hope
Oct. 21 – Leeds, UK – The Library
Oct. 22 – Glasgow, SF – Captains Rest
Oct. 23 – Manchester, UK – Kraak Gallery
Oct. 24 – London, UK – Old Blue Blast (Presented by The Quietus)
Nov. 01 – Vancouver, BC – Media Club
Nov. 02 – Seattle, WA – Barboza
Nov. 03 – Portland, OR – Bunk Bar
Nov. 05 – San Francisco, CA – Bottom of the Hill
Nov. 07 – Los Angeles, CA – The Echo
Nov. 10 – Las Vegas, NV – Beauty Bar
Nov. 12 – Denver, CO – Larimer Lounge
^^ w/ Hot Snakes
+ w/ Merchandise