Canuck shred hounds METZ dropped their buzzworthy and brutal self-titled LP debut of Sub Pop in early October, but the crunchy noise-rock gifts keep coming. Our initial introduction to the Toronto trio came via "Headache," which faithfully wed heavy sludge to tight tunefulness à la Nirvana's Bleach. Then came the creepy GIF-like clip for "Wet Blanket," and David Bevan's Breaking Out profile on the band, in which singer-guitarist Alex Edkins explained the METZ method:
"There are no bells and whistles. We've stripped things down to the bare necessities: concise, straight-ahead songwriting. Sometimes that's lacking in loud music. We wanted to focus on songs first and then record them in a way that represents what we do live."
Indeed, new single "Dirty Shirt" splits the difference between careening punk blitz and well-considered craft, illustrating in thick, ink-dripping lines just what it is METZ does best. Break from your day to headbang to this: