Atlas Vending

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METZ - ATLAS VENDING
"Change is inevitable if you're lucky," says guitarist/vocalist Alex Edkins while talking
about Atlas Vending, the fourth full-length album by Toronto's METZ. "Our goal is to
remain in flux, to grow in a natural and gradual way. We've always been wary to not
overthink or intellectualize the music we love but also not satisfied until we've
accomplished something that pushes us forward." The music made by Edkins and his
compatriots Hayden Menzies (drums) and Chris Slorach (bass) has always been a little
difficult to pin down. Their earliest recordings contained nods to the teeming energy of
early '90s DIY hardcore, the aggravated angularities of This Heat, and the noisy riffing of
AmRep's quintessential guitar manglers, but there was never a moment where METZ
sounded like they were paying tribute to the heroes of their youth.
If anything, the sonic trajectory of their albums captured the journey of a band shedding
influences and digging deeper into their fundamental core-steady propulsive drums,
chest-thumping bass lines, bloody-fingered guitar riffs, the howling angst of our fading
innocence. With Atlas Vending, METZ not only continues to push their music into new
territories of dynamics, crooked melodies, and sweat-drenched rhythms, they explore
the theme of growing up and maturing within a format typically suspended in youth.
Covering seemingly disparate themes such as paternity, crushing social anxiety,
addiction, isolation, media-induced paranoia, and the restless urge to leave everything
behind, each of Atlas Vending's ten songs offer a snapshot of today's modern condition
and together form a musical and narrative whole. .. While past METZ albums thrived on
an abrasive relentlessness, the trio embarked on Atlas Vending with the goal to make a
more patient and honest record-something that invited repeated listens rather than a
few exhilarating bludgeonings.
It's as if the band realized they were in it for the long haul, and their music could serve
as a constant as they navigated life's trials and tribulations. The result is a record that
sounds massive, articulate, and earnest. Bolstered by the co-production of Ben
Greenberg (Uniform) and the engineering and mixing skills of Seth Manchester
(Daughters, Lingua Ignota, The Body) at Machines with Magnets in Pawtucket, Rhode
Island, METZ deliver the most dynamic, dimensional, and compelling work of their
career.
TRACKLISTING: 01. PULSE 02. BLIND YOUTH INDUSTRIAL PARK 03. THE MIRROR 04. NO CEILING
05. HAIL TAXI 06. DRAW US

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