I’m, often times, the laziest human on the planet. Such was the case when Canadian rockers, METZ, played last time at Urban Lounge. I was asleep. I had full intent on attending. Note: if you care to stay productive throughout life, don’t buy a memory foam mattress - it wil be the death of your social life.
Suffice it to say, I wasn’t going to miss them again. Even if it meant somnambulating my ass to the bar and drinking coffee and eating mashed up cross tops. Gawd, sometimes I wish stimulants didn’t make me feel like a hamster on meth. Anyway.
Get to the bar and the L.A. based (née Canadian) ladies (and Gent) of No Joy, are setting up. The best part was that guitarist Laura Lloyd was having some technical difficulties and everyone else looked too stoned to help. Laura’s the shit, so I’m sure they just thought she had it handled. In any case, she ruled it and so began the show. It’s undeniable that No Joy is hot. Apparently, No Joy’s first show was with Grant Hart of Hüsker Dü - I mean, not too shabby. Fuck. They’re hawt, their music is hawt, the whole shebang is hawt. Hair flying, guitars with a swallowing sound. You are consumed.
METZ. Oh METZ. There are so many things I could say. First off: the lights. 2 shop lights backlighting the dudes. Perfect. Sweaty hot sweet halogen goodness. METZ sounds like every band I’ve ever wanted to be in. Fast, loud, pop-infused, fucking fun to listen to.
Alex Edkins is the epitome of the hot, nerdy, don’t-give-a-fuck combo that my 15 year old self lusted over. Now as I write this it sounds dirty and wrong, and yet, still resonates the same in my adult self - he’s got sex appeal. And this is pretty much what METZ feels like - a rawness, an awesomeness, a simplicity, a sexy. It feels and sounds like ‘fuck you+fuck me=fuck yes’ and I like it. When’s the last time you were in a mosh pit? Yeah - me neither, but there was one this night, and it ruled.
These dudes are on a mega tour until October, and holy shit, I hope they can keep up this level of energy throughout. They deserve it, all of it. We need METZ in the universe and I’m fucking glad I was awake to see it.
Do yourself a favor and go see METZ live. They are amazeballs. And even if you’re sleepwalking to get there - it will be worth it. They will haunt your dreams in the best way.