METZ is a nihilistic, Grunge influenced band from Toronto.
Guitarist/vocalist Alex Edkins and bassist Chris Slorach had worked together previously and decided to add Hayden Menzies because he was cheaper than a drum machine and had a van.
"You start a band, just as something to do, because music's what makes you tick, the thing you dream about and think about and that's it," explained Edkins. "You never think that you'll be able to do it all the time."
METZ released their self-titled debut album on Sub Pop Records in '12.
"For some inexplicable reason, people actually listen and latch on and the band begins to take on new meaning," continued Edkins. "It was important to us, when making this record, not to give in to that pressure."
"It certainly doesn't change our day-to-day lives at all," stated Slorach. "It means that we'll be doing more touring and we have people who are going to help get it into more ears."
NME compared the album's sound to early '90's Grunge. The set landed at #44 on Pitchfork Media's list of the top 50 albums of '12.
"The more we do this, the more we realize there's no such thing as right or wrong in music," opined Edkins. "It comes down to feel. And if it feels good, it works."
METZ unfurled their sophomore set, the aptly titled "METZ II," in '15.
"This time we sorta said, 'This is who we are. We are not going to clean up our sound, we are not going to hire a big producer, we are not going to try to write a radio song," said Edkins, clearly on a roll. "We are going to be honest and leave the warts for all to see. We are really happy with how it turned out."
Well, that was cathartic and that was what it was meant to be.
"A lot of things in everyday life drive me crazy: how we relate to each other; how politics, media, technology, money and medication influence our lives," concluded Edkins. "This band, in a lot of ways, is an outlet."
• Quotes are from the Sub Pop website.
2015 METZ II