• Sub Pop

When the late Steven Jesse Bernstein requested "more noise please" on his Sub Pop album Prison, he sounded as excited about the prospect as Giles Corey in The Crucible, who asked for "more weight."

Then again, Bernstein once opened for Big Black, an incident recounted in I Am Secretly an Important Man, so I'll assume he had a tolerance for noise rock, even if wasn't to his personal taste (the documentary gives the impression that the poet preferred folk and blues).

So, I have no idea what he would've thought about Toronto trio METZ, and I would never presume to speak for the man, but I like the way his label mates are bringing his words to life (or keeping them alive, depending on your perspective).

For more info, I wrote about the band here and here (and I reviewed the SJB doc here). Drummer Hayden Menzies, in particular, brings the noise in a beautiful way.

Below: two new tracks, plus a couple of previously un-posted photographs.

  • K.C. Fennessy
  • This June at Barboza with the Men and Kinski

Working up a sweat at Barboza
  • K.C. Fennessy
  • Singer/guitarist Alex Edkins worked up one hell of a sweat

METZ returns to Barboza for a 7pm show with Survival Knife (former members of Unwound) on Nov 2 (21+). Sub Pop releases their self-titled debut on Oct 15.