Swiss indie duo Metrophobia — Swiss-born and-based Marks Gmür (vocals,. acoustic guitar) and Spanish-born, Swiss based José Garrido (guitar, bass, drums, programming) –can trace their origins back several years ago: Gmür and Garrido met and eventually went on to play in a couple of projects.
The pair reunited earlier this year and they spent their time working hard to write and record their full-length debut Silent Treatment, which features material influenced by 90s alt rock like Pixies, Teenage Fanclub, Dinosaur Jr., The Catherine Wheel, Bivoauc, RIDE, Sebadoh, Guided by Voices, Pavement, and Granddaddy — but with a modern touch.
Silent Treatment‘s latest single “How Long” is centered around fuzzy and distorted power chords, thunderous drumming, enormous, mosh pit friendly hooks and plaintive vocals. And while clearly being indebted to 120 Minutes-era alt rock, with this particular song reminding me quite a bit of RIDE and The Catherine Wheel, the song pairs slick, modern production with classic, grunge/alt rock songwriting techniques.
“‘How Long’ could have been a pop song (was originally). but we decided to add rich and powerful drums, and noisy guitars, to create a contrast with the voices,” the members of Metrophobia explain.