METZ 1 (2012)

I’m A Bug” is one many fine minimalist outbursts by late-’70s SoCal punk trio the Urinals, but there’s nothing minimalist about METZ. The Toronto trio are the latest to cover “I’m A Bug” — joining Halo of Flies, Lili Z., Meatmen, Ceremony and Sex Cult — and they’ve turned it into one of their patented noise-rock onslaughts with typically bracing results. Which is to say: Like most METZ songs, this thing will squash you. (Like a bug, see?) Listen below.

METZ are working on the follow-up to their self-titled debut, one of the finest albums of 2012. They’re launching a West Coast tour with Cloud Nothings this week and will head to Europe in August. They’re also playing a handful of festivals. Full tour itinerary:

7/2 Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theater *
7/3 Seattle, WA @ Neumos *
7/4 Victoria, Canada @ Upstairs Cabaret *
7/5 Vancouver, Canada @ Rickshaw Theater *
7/7 San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall *
7/8 Hollywood, CA @ Roxy LA *
7/9 Hollywood, CA @ Roxy LA *
7/19 Pemberton, BC @ Pemberton Festival
8/10 North Yorkshire, United Kingdom @ Beacon Festival
8/11 Birmingham, United Kingdom @ Hare & Hound
8/12 Sheffield , United Kingdom @ Harley
8/13 St Albans, United Kingdom @ Horn
8/15 Saint-Malo, France @ La Route du Rock Festival
8/16 London, United Kingdom @ ExCel London (ATP’s Jabberwocky Festival)
10/4 Sacramento, CA @ TBD Fest
11/7-9 Austin, TX @ Fun Fun Fun Fest

* w/ Cloud Nothings

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