Despite their uncompromising desire to do their own thing, the output of Toronto-based alt. rockers Metz has always been met with positive acclaim. Following two albums on Sub Pop, they have joined up with Three One G for a double A sided single, Eraser/Pure Auto. Eraser features squealing feedback and distorted vocals whilst Pure Auto is even faster and harder, with wailing guitar and tight, propulsive percussion.
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A 7” tone burst of Metz succinctly doing all that which they do unto you: pushed back gang chants, pushing out one word at a time; guitars swinging in and out of conflict under a full car-wash of distortion and bouts of wallowing feedback; good drums with the occasional emphasised fill. “Eraser” is wonderful and dreadful in that way that Metz do, though its most appealing moments are wallpaper atmosphere, the bits where the guitars rattle against the bass and take a few moments to check their head. Call it psych rock, maybe? Don’t, but please enjoy. This is a fine single from a band who never, ever veer from their signature sound.
Flip it over and a hateful riff tries to pelt its way to you but, as it stands, is pretty distant from the mix -- if it’s in it at all -- so it drops in and the hxc action begins. This is the closest and clearest I’ve heard Alex Edkins yet, and I dare say he sounds a little like Ian MacKaye on one of his more trembled tracks (it’s like “Full Disclosure” filled with a backend of noise). Lovely stuff, as ever. By lovely I mean, the opposite of lovely. Not lovely.
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