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METZ: A Boat to Drown In

Pummelling guitar, jackhammer percussion, and hoarsely shouted vocals grab your attention for all eight minutes of the cut.

METZ: A Boat to Drown In

By Kerry Doole

METZ - A Boat to Drown In (Royal Mountain Records/Sub Pop): The Toronto hard rock trio with an international following has announced that its next album, Atlas Vending, will be released on Oct. 9.


The first single from the record, A Boat to Drown In, is described by METZ’s Alex Edkins in a press bio as “...about leaving a bad situation behind. About overcoming obstacles that once held you back, rising above, and looking to a better future. The title refers to immersing yourself fully into what you love and using it as a sanctuary from negativity and a catalyst for change.”

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The band has shared a new video for the track in which video director Tony Wolski sought to visually enhance and expand on these ideas. Wolski: "The song has a beautiful, crushing numbness to it that we wanted to mirror in the visual. So we chose to romanticize our main character's descent into her delusions of love and togetherness. At a time when everyone’s simultaneously coping with some sort of isolation, a story about loneliness—and the mania that comes with it—seems appropriate to tell.” 

Such philosophical themes come easily to METZ, and they're framed in a typically intense and aggressive sonic setting that features elements of hardcore and post-punk. This track features pummelling guitar, jackhammer percussion, and hoarsely shouted vocals, and keeps your attention for all of its 8 minutes duration.

Atlas Vending, the band’s fourth full-length album, features the co-production of Ben Greenberg (Uniform) and the engineering and mixing skills of Seth Manchester (Daughters, Lingua Ignota, The Body). It is a record that reportedly showcases the group's commitment to creative evolution.  “Change is inevitable if you’re lucky,” says Edkins. "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.”

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METZ broke onto the scene with a 2012 eponymous debut that made the Polaris Prize shortlist the following year, and signing to famed US indie label Sub Pop has helped bring them a large and loyal international audience.

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Publicity: Tom, Hive Mind PR

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