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METZ: April 17, 2013 Bowery Ballroom – FLAC/MP3/Streaming

April 18, 2013

[Photos by acidjack]

METZ lead singer/guitarist Alex Edkins introduced their new song “Can’t Understand” as being about “all the totally messed up people in the world”. They left the spoken statement at that and then let the music do the talking. Over and over, the screamed refrain of those two words over the incessant backbeat and howling guitars framed, in simplest terms, the way people may have been feeling about recent events. Sometimes the best way of expressing anger is the most direct.

Yes, METZ is one of those Canadian bands that gives the lie to the notion that our neighbors to the north are mild-mannered — there is nothing less than 100% full-bore intense about METZ or their delivery. When bassist Chris Slorach was bleeding badly enough that he needed a metal splint on his nose after three songs, then came out after a couple minutes to finish the set, you knew these guys weren’t fucking around.

But don’t let all the hardcore noise fool you. Underneath the brutal dynamics are well-crafted songs and strong musicianship; to quote Stuart Berman’s excellent review of their self-titled Sub Pop debut last year, “there is a fine to art to taking a music fueled by destructive impulses and building it to last.” Much of the front floor of the Bowery Ballroom — and the venue was basically sold out by showtime — may have been too busy moshing to notice, but many of METZ’s songs are seriously good, paying tribute to the punk/sludge golden age of the late 80s and early 1990s. Songs like “Sad Pricks” stand up to anything in this genre’s canon, and the massive show of support from the NYC crowd — a little less than half a year after a sold-out show at the Knitting Factory — underscored that METZ are the real deal.

I recorded this set with Schoeps MK5 cardiod mics in our usual spot in the venue plus an excellent feed of the house sound from longtime Bowery engineer Kenny. The sound is excellent. Enjoy!

Stream “Sad Pricks”

Stream “Can’t Understand”

Direct download of the complete show: [MP3] | [FLAC]

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Bowery Ballroom
New York, NY USA

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Recorded and produced by acidjack

Schoeps MK5 (cardiod, DIN, slightly LOC)>KCY>Z-PFA>Sound Devices USBPre2 + Soundboard (engineer: Kenny)>>Edirol R-44 [OCM]>Adobe Audition CS 5.5 (adjust levels, mix down)>Izotope Ozone 5 (effects, EQ)>Audacity 3.0 (tracking, fades, amplify, balance, downsample)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks [Total Time 44:51]
01 [new song1]
02 Knife In the Water
03 Negative Space
04 [banter – head injury repair]
05 Get Off
06 Wasted
07 [banter2]
08 Sad Pricks
09 [banter3]
10 Can’t Understand
11 Headache
12 Rats
13 The Mule
14 [banter4]
15 Wet Blanket

If you enjoyed this recording, PLEASE SUPPORT METZ, visit their website, and buy their self-titled debut directly from Sub Pop [HERE]

METZ: November 20, 2012 Knitting Factory – Flac/MP3/Streaming

November 28, 2012

[photo courtesy of Fred Pessaro, complete set at brooklynvegan]

About six months ago, acidjack arranged to record METZ‘ first trip to NYC as an opener in a small venue. Unfortunately, that recording never came to fruition, but the band remembered us. Here they are a short time later signed to Sup Pop, a big hit at CMJ last month, and in NYC last week where they sold out two consecutive weekday shows. We saw the second of the two shows, at the Knitting Factory last Tuesday. And what a show it was. METZ came out with an abundant amount of energy and kept it going for the entire set. The band played virtually their entire new self-titled record, and what I believe was one new song. Their music has been described as post-punk, grunge and noise-rock, but of all their name-an-influence bands, I hear Mission of Burma the most. And of all of the post-punk trios with which to be compared, you can’t get much better than MOB. And METZ deserves it, they’re that good.

I recorded this set with the Sennheiser Cards mixed with an excellent board feed provided by Knit engineer Devin. The sound quality of this recording is superb. Enjoy!

Stream “The Mule”:

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Knitting Factory
Brooklyn, NY USA

Digital Master Recording
Soundboard + Audience Matrix

Soundboard + Sennheiser 8040 Cardioids > Edirol R-44 (Oade Concert Mod) > 2 x 24bit 48kHz wav files > Soundforge (level adjustments, mixdown, set fades) > CDWave 1.95 (tracking) > TLH > flac (320 MP3 and tagging via Foobar)

Recorded and Produced
by nyctaper 2012-11-27

[Total Time 36:08]
01 Knife in the Water
02 Negative Space
03 [banter]
04 Get Off
05 [new song]
06 Wasted
07 Sad Pricks
08 Headache
09 Rats
10 The Mule
11 [banter – thanks]
12 Wet Blanket

If you download this recording from NYCTaper, we expect that you will PLEASE SUPPORT METZ, visit their Sub Pop page, and purchase their self-titled debut album from Sub Pop Records [HERE].

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