[staff spinz] METZ, "Headache" / 11.21 @ the Middle East with Pile + Speedy Ortiz

From our latest feature in today's print edition of the Phoenix Staff Spinz highlights what we're playing these days in our newsroom...

When a crew of Boston peeps — Allston trio Earthquake Party!, Sippy Cup Everything’s Mike Caulo, and Perry Eaton of Allston Pudding — returned from POP Montreal last month, they gushed over Toronto noise-punk trio METZ. We quickly dug out their self-titled Subpop debut in a stack of CDs that had just arrived at the Phoenix, and we've been spinning it on repeat pretty much ever since. We’re catching a blurry post-grunge love buzz here, and this furious debut record (out October 9) is going to own your ugly face. It's a relentless, furious record that never lets up. 

That their playing at the Middle East in Cambridge on Thanksgiving Eve, November 21, with Boston noise-slingers Pile and Speedy Ortiz, only enhances our mega-crush. We highly recommend scoring tickets in advance to this one.

As I tweeted out sometime last week, this is clearly the best thing to come out of Toronto since Kelly Gruber. Or at least since the Blue Jays went back to wearing blue.

Stream the lead track off the record, "Headache," via Subpop's Soundcloud below, or check this recent New Yorker piece that previews the entire album. It's one hell of a rush.

METZ upcoming shows

October 6 – Ottawa, ON – Babylon
October 10 – Guelph, ON – eBar w/ Roomrunner
October 11 – London, ON – APK Live w/ Roomrunner
October 12 – Toronto, ON – Horseshoe Tavern w/ Roomrunner
October 16 – Brooklyn, NY – Cameo Gallery - Oh My Rockness CMJ Party
October 18 – Brooklyn, NY – Knitting Factory CMJ w/ Pissed Jeans, King Tuff, Poor Moon, Daughn Gibson Debo Band
October 21 – Leeds, UK – The Library
October 22 – Glasgow, SF – The Art School
October 23 – Manchester, UK – Kraak Gallery
October 24 – London, UK – Old Blue Last (Presented by The Quietus)
October 25 – Paris, FR – Nouveau Casino
October 27 – Chicago, IL – Empty Bottle
October 29 – Minneaplois, MN – 7th Street Entry
November 1 – Vancouver, BC – Biltmore Cabaret w/ Ladyhawk
November 2 – Seattle, WA – Barboza
November 3 – Portland, OR – Bunk Bar
November 5 – San Francisco, CA – Bottom of the Hill
November 7 – Los Angeles, CA – The Echo
November 8 – San Diego, CA – Soda Bar
November 9 – Costa Mesa, CA – Constellation Room
November 10 – Las Vegas, NV – Beauty Bar
November 11 – Salt Lake City, UT – Urban Lounge
November 12 – Denver, CO – Larimer Lounge
November 14 – Pittsburgh, PA – Brillobox
November 16 – Philadelphia, PA – Kung Fu Necktie
November 17 – Washington, DC – Red Palace
November 19 – New York, NY – Mercury Lounge
November 20 – Brooklyn, NY – Knitting Factory
November 21 – Boston, MA – Middle East Upstairs
November 22 – Montreal, QC – IL Motore


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