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photos by Dylan Johnson
METZ @ Bowery Ballroom 4/17/2013
Do you prefer it when a band makes you feel a) happy, b) sad, or c) like you're being smashed over the head repeatedly with an iron bar?After a wild-n-sweaty show at Shea Stadium on Tuesday, METZ's tour brought the noise to Bowery Ballroom on Wednesday night (4/17). I wondered whether the crowd at 18+ venue Bowery would be anything like Shea's all-ages mayhem, and clearly it was at least a little. As you can see in the pictures in this post, Slorach bandanged his facial wound in true punk fashion with duct tape.
If it's one of the first two, then maybe music isn't your thing. But if it's the latter of these choices, then seek out Metz immediately. The Toronto trio played last night at the Bowery Ballroom and rocked so hard that blood was spilled. Quite literally.
Three songs into their set of visceral, pulsating noise-punk, bassist Chris Slorach was forced to leave the stage for a couple of minutes to take care of a nosebleed. The eruption of claret was triggered after he was hit square in the face by a projectile thrown by an overexcited member of the crowd. It wasn't done in malice- it's just that Metz's hardcore onslaught is the sort of music that elicits extreme reactions. And those ones are often the best. - [NY Post]
It was an all-Toronto night featuring industrial garage from tourmates Odonis Odonis and psych-punk from The Soupcans, making for a great, loud night all around. Check out more shots from Wednesday's show below...
by Bill Pearis
Toronto's Odonis Odonis release their new EP, Better, this week (4/16). Forging industrial elements with heavy blasts of garage-pysch, it's a paint-peeler of a record. You can stream the EP's title track below.
The band are currently on tour with their noisy neighbors, METZ, which includes two shows in NYC this week. They were good when I caught them at M for Montreal last year so if you're going to Shea Stadium on Tuesday (4/16, sold out) or Bowery on Wednesday (4/17, tickets) do get there early and check 'em out. The Bowery Ballroom show is also with a third Toronto band, The Soupcans, who played Death by Audio last night (4/14). Odonis Odonis' tour wraps up at Austin Psych Fest, and all tour dates are listed below.
Quilt at Mercury Lounge in 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
today in NYC
* Tylan @ Joe's Pub
* ASSSSCAT 3000 @ UCB
* Marc Maron @ Union Hall
* Stephane Wrembel @ Barbes
* Charnett Moffett @ Joe's Pub
* Jennifer Curtis & Friends @ Barbes
* Hannibal Buress @ Knitting Factory
* Marc Broussard, Courrier @ City Winery
* Memory Tapes, Sleep Over @ Mercury Lounge
* Star & Dagger, Ten Ton Mojo @ Mercury Lounge
* White Prism, Bright Light Bright Light @ Ace Hotel
* Williamsburg Salsa Orchestra @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Graham Parker and The Rumour @ Gramercy Theatre
* Echo Friendly, Young Unknowns, Sua @ Public Assembly
* Jon Madof, Marlon Sobol and Special Guests @ The Stone
* DRGN King, Walking Shapes, Onward Chariots @ Cameo Gallery
* HRVRD, Daylight, SoftSpot, Coasta @ The Studio at Webster Hall
* Mmoss, Quilt, Prince Rupert's Drops, Electric Mess @ Glasslands
* Call Of The Wild, The Soupcans, Pampers, Beasty @ Death By Audio
* David Cross, Jon Glaser, Heather Lawless, Leo Allen @ Littlefield
* Vensaire, Terror Pigeon Dance Revolt, Zula, My Body @ Silent Barn
* Negative Approach, Violent Bullshit, TWO MAN ADVANTAGE, Crushed @ The Grand Victory
* Black Cobra, Public Speaking, Belus, Bezoar, Jon Mizrachi, Ancient Sky, Mrs. Adam Schatz, David First @ Europa (Brain Cave Festival)
The Soupcans will be in NYC on Wednesday (4/17) to open for fellow Toronto bands METZ and Odonis Odonis at Bowery Ballroom, but before that they play a smaller NYC show at Death by Audio tonight with Call of the Wild, Pampers, and Beasty. Admission is $7 at the door.
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Jai Paul, who dropped the very impressive singles, "BTSTU" and "Jasmine" over the last couple years, finally released his self titled debut album. You can stream it in its entirety below and purchase it over at bandcamp. The tracks are all untitled, but track 9 is "Jasmine" and track 16 is "BTSTU" (via FADER).
UPDATE: Jai Paul tweeted, "To confirm: demos on bandcamp were not uploaded by me, this is not my debut album. Please don't buy. Statement to follow later. Thanks, Jai."
by Andrew Sacher
Greys (photo by Jesse Crowe)
Toronto noise punks Greys formed about two years ago when singer/guitarist Shehzaad Jiwani teamed up with high school pal Cam Graham (guitar) and began playing the type of abrasive guitar-based rock they grew up on. They eventually brought in drummer Braeden Craig and bassist Colin Gillespie, and turned Greys into the four-piece touring force that they are. They surfaced with the Ultra Sorta EP in 2011, followed by the Easy Listening EP in 2012, and they're about to drop their heaviest release yet, the Drift EP, on February 12 via their new home, Kind of Like Records. It was recorded by Josh Korody (of Beliefs) at Toronto studio Candle Recording (Owen Pallett, Austra, Doldrums, and more). That EP is making its premiere in this post, and you can stream it in its entirety below.
An easy comparison to make for Greys is their Toronto neighbors METZ (who're touring), but like that band, Greys have reached back to the noise rock-meets-post hardcore of early '90s bands like Drive Like Jehu, The Jesus Lizard, Unsane... the list goes on. You'll also hear elements of My War-era Black Flag sludge, Seattle scene grunge, and straight-ahead fast punk. Plus, the band are working on a full length right now and according to Shehzaad, one of the songs they're working on "sounds like early Sloan, or Guided by Voices, or Pavement."
Greys might look to the past for influence, but not without a wink in their eye. "Hey, we're late to the party," they shout on "Drag," with the sort of post-modern notion that nothing's really original anyway. And they do this while playing with the kind of urgency where nothing in the world matters for two and a half minutes except playing the hell out of their songs. The guitars are thick, the drums pound away in fury, and Shehzaad shouts with a burning passion as he delivers lines like, "We have no marching song to overthrow our leadership/We have no teenage anthem to make ourselves feel like shit," on "Drag," which itself could end up making a pretty good case for being either of those things. "Drag" is the EP's second track, and it's sandwiched between the fast-paced opener "Carjack" and the notably longer closing track, "Pill," a song about medical issues which opens with a discordant swagger and ends with the band literally sounding like they're drowning and screaming out for help.
Greys don't have a tour booked at the moment, but they're expected to head to the US and stop in Manhattan and Brooklyn this March, so stay tuned for that. Meanwhile, I just spoke to Shehzaad about the making of the EP, the Toronto scene that they come from, and a pretty crazy experience the band had the last time they played NYC. You can head below to read that interview and listen to a stream of the Drift EP.