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Music, Wed 26 Jun 2019

Metz & USA Nails

Metz & USA Nails

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Brudenell presents...

METZ [https://www.facebook.com/metz/]
+ USA Nails [https://www.facebook.com/usanailsband/]

26.06.2019 | £12.50 ADVANCE (+stbf) | 19:30 Doors

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With their 2017 opus Strange Peace (out now on Sub Pop) still rattling around skulls on either side of the Atlantic, METZ return to UK and European shores this summer for a string of shows throughout June and July that include UK dates in Bristol, Leeds, Manchester and London. For those yet to experience METZ live, it's the only way to truly understand what the Toronto trio are all about: a wild cacophony of shrieking guitars, bruising rhythms and flailing limbs; a transcendent fury that enraptures all in earshot.

Since releasing their self-titled debut record in 2012, which The New Yorker called, “One of the year’s best albums…a punishing, noisy, exhilarating thing,” the Toronto-based 3-piece METZ have garnered international acclaim as one of the most electrifying and forceful live acts, touring widely and extensively, playing hundreds of shows each year around the world.

Their third full-length, Strange Peace, sees the band - made up of Alex Edkins (guitar, vocals), Hayden Menzies (drums), and Chris Slorach (bass) - offering up an emphatic but artful hammer swing to the status quo.

Strange Peace was recorded in Chicago, live off the floor to tape with Steve Albini. The result is a distinct artistic maturation into new and alarming territory, frantically pushing past where the band has gone before, while capturing the notorious intensity of their live show.

“Recording in Chicago was a blast. We tracked fourteen songs in four days. It was the first time we felt confident enough to just play live and roll tape,” Edkins said of the recording process. “Strange Peace is much more diverse and varied than anything we’ve done before, which was exhilarating, but terrifying, too. We took the tapes home to Toronto feeling like we’d made the record we wanted to make.” The trio continued to assemble the album (including home recordings, additional instrumentation) back in their hometown, adding the finishing touches with longtime collaborator, engineer and mixer, Graham Walsh.

From the ferocious opening track, “Mess of Wires,” we’re met by the sheer force and fierce musicianship we’ve come to expect from METZ. With the unhinged, post-punk fragments of “Drained Lake,” and the whirling, acerbic pop features of "Cellophane," the band's hectic progression becomes clear. But Strange Peace isn’t merely a collection of eleven uninhibited and urgent songs. It’s also a kind of sonic venting, a truculent social commentary that bludgeons and provokes, excites and unsettles.

“The songs on Strange Peace are about uncertainty," Edkins explains. "They're about recognizing that we're not always in control of our own fate, and about admitting our mistakes and fears. They're about finding some semblance of peace within the chaos."

With all the pleasurable tension and anxiety of a fever dream, Strange Peace is equal parts challenging and accessible. It is this implausible balancing act, moving from one end of the musical spectrum to the other, that only a band of METZ’s power and capacity can maintain: discordant and melodic, powerful and controlled, meticulous and instinctive, subtle and complex, precise and reckless, wholehearted and merciless, brutal and optimistic, terrifying and fun.

“Their whiplash of distortion is made with precision, a contained chaos. But you would never talk about them like that. Because METZ are not something you study or analyze,” wrote Liisa Ladouceur in Exclaim! “They are something you feel: a transfer of energy, pure and simple.”

In other words: to feel something, fiercely and intensely, but together, not alone.

Disabled toiletsFacilities for groupsOn-site light refreshments

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Dates Times
Wed 26 Jun 2019 19:30 to 00:00

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Also at this Venue

Events at this Venue

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Thu 20 Jun Mik Artistik's Ego Trip
Sat 22 Jun Jeffrey Lewis & Los Bolts
Sun 23 Jun Justin Townes Earle
Sun 23 Jun Laura Stevenson
Wed 26 Jun Metz & USA Nails
Fri 28 Jun Flat Worms

Address

33 Queen Road,
Hyde Park,
Leeds,
LS6 1NY

Location

Directions

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Map reference: SE 283349  Lat: 53.80963 Long: -1.57170

By Car:

From Leeds City Centre: Head out of town towards Headingley/ Universities on Woodhouse Lane. After you pass Leeds University on the left, turn left at the traffic lights onto Clarendon Road (the Library pub is on this junction). Turn right at the next traffic lights (Leeds Business School is opposite) onto Moorland Road. Hyde Park is on your right as you drive along Moorland Road. At the next crossroads, continue straight on (Royal Park Road) and down the hill. Take the left at the Royal Park pub at the bottom of the hill. The Brudenell is on your right, opposite the playground. There is free car parking space at the venue.


By Public Transport:

By rail: Take a train to Burley Park station (one stop from Leeds City Centre). Leave the station and turn left at the top of the steps. Walk to the end of the road - you will see a large Co-Op on your left. Turn right and walk down Cardigan Road for a few minutes. Cross over and turn left onto Royal Park Road when you get to the Grove curry house. Keep walking along Royal Park Road, past the mosque, until you reach a crossroads. The Royal Park pub is on your right. Turn right and walk past the front of the Royal Park pub. Keep going, and you will reach the entrance to the Brudenell car park opposite the playground.

By bus: The 56 stops on Queens Road, opposite the Royal Park pub. Follow directions as above.

Parking: free

Accessible by Public Transport: 1 mile from Burley Park station

Facilities

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