METZ have cemented their reputation as one of the planet’s most exhilarating live acts and trusted providers of bombastic outsider rock. Their recorded output to date, a cornucopia of pop-inflected noise punk and damaged fuzz anthems, includes 3 critically-acclaimed LPs with Sub Pop Records.
Their earliest recordings contained nods to the teeming energy of early ‘90s DIY hardcore, the aggravated angularities of This Heat, & the noisy riffing of AmRep’s quintessential guitar manglers, but there was never a moment where METZ sounded like they were paying tribute to the heroes of their youth. The sonic trajectory of their albums captures the journey of a band shedding influences & digging deeper into their fundamental core—steady propulsive drums, chest-thumping bass lines, bloody-fingered guitar riffs, the howling angst of our fading innocence. With new album Atlas Vending, METZ not only continues to push their music into new territories of dynamics, crooked melodies, & sweat-drenched rhythms, they explore the theme of growing up & maturing within a format typically suspended in youth.
The result is a record that sounds massive, articulate, & earnest. Bolstered by the co-production of Ben Greenberg (Uniform) & the engineering & mixing skills of Seth Manchester (Daughters, Lingua Ignota) METZ deliver the most dynamic, dimensional, & compelling work of their career.