The deafening energy of METZâ€™s live shows prom- ises to be on their debut album, set for release this October. The post- punk grunge band out of Toronto was recently picked up by Sub Pop Records and has since shaped more than three years of performances and musical experimen- tation into a record that matches the turbulence of METZâ€™s earlier tracks while upping the preci- sion of their sound for the upcoming album.
METZ is seasoned in pounding out tunes in any and all venues, which earned them a slot at the North by Northeast (NXNE) festival this year. The band has shared stages with Death From Above 1979, Mission of Burma and Mudhoney, but will take centre stage this winter as they tour the new LP across the US and Europe. Alex Edkins, METZ vocalist and guitar- ist,talks with Feedbackâ€™sVanessa Hawk about the debut LP:
VH: You guys have a pretty unique styleâ€”how would you say your sound has changed since coming together?
AE: I think itâ€™s become a little more streamlined and concise compared
to what it used to be.The songs used to be a little more psychedelic, more experimental, and now we try to go for a more streamlined, pop-song sort of structure; thatâ€™s whatâ€™s un- derneath our songs though it might not sound that way. We wanted to focus on writing really good songs instead of sprawling, more convolut- ed things. Now we know more what we want to do and what weâ€™re good at, so weâ€™re trying to keep the songs short and to the point.
Is that what people can ex- pect from the upcoming al- bum?
Absolutely. Itâ€™s a short recordâ€”itâ€™s loud and fast and itâ€™s over before you know it. Itâ€™s eleven tunes and I think the longest one is three-and-a- half minutes or something like that. So itâ€™s speedy, loud, in your face, and thatâ€™s totally what the record is all about.
Did you try to emulate your live shows in the recording, or would you say itâ€™s differ- ent?
I think we tried to get the energy from our live shows: thatâ€™s what weâ€™ve kind of become known for, having really loud and exciting shows. I think we tried to get that on tape, but there are things we added that we wonâ€™t try to do live. The record is a different experience,
thereâ€™s more going on, and some ex- perimentation that you wouldnâ€™t see live. But itâ€™s still a pretty close repre- sentation of our live show.We love playing live, so weâ€™ll do that as much as possible and hope that peopleâ€™s responses to it are as good as they have been in the past.
You guys have been togeth- er for over three years now, why did you hold out on re- cording?
We never really made a conscious decision to do that; I think we were putting out music at a pretty slow pace compared to most bands. What it came down to was that we wanted to make sure our first re- cord was exactly what we wanted it to be. I think it worked out per- fectly where we got our sound to- gether [before] and then knew what worked and didnâ€™t work. Weâ€™re re- ally excited with how it turned out.
Check out the new track â€œHead- acheâ€ at www.subpop.com/artists/ METZ and watch out for the rest of METZâ€™s self-titled LP on October 9, 2012.
Vanessa Hawk is a journalism stu- dent at the University of Victoria as well as a damn fine copy editor at Feedback.