Toronto-based JOVM mainstays METZ share two stand-alone tracks on all DSPs “Come On Down,” featuring IDLES‘ Joe Talbot and the previously unreleased “Heaven’s Gate,” which only appeared in the Cyberpunk 2077, the video game released back in 2020.
METZ’s Alex Edkins says, “‘Come On Down’ was originally recorded during the Atlas Vending sessions but never fully finished. During the pandemic I really gravitated towards the idea of collaboration as a way to fill the void left by the loss of live music. I reached out to friends from far and wide in order to get that feeling of community that gigs provide. Joe Talbot (IDLES) is a longtime friend who METZ has shared the stage with many, many times, and this song was a very natural and fun way to catch up with him and do something positive with our time off the road.”
“METZ have been a band we’ve looked up to since they came into our lives and made things better,” IDLES’ Joe Talbot adds. “I will never forget the first time I saw them or any of the other times. Allowing me to sing with them is a gift and I hope you like it. I love it and I love them. Long live METZ.”
“Come On Down” is a classic METZ ripper: Towering fuzz and distorted-fueled power chords, thunderous drumming, mosh pit friendly hooks and choruses. Prominently featuring Talbot’s snarling delivery and Edkins’ shouting, “Come On Down” has a gritty and crusty-old school punk quality while retaining the Toronto-based outfit’s enormous sound.
Directed and edited by Arturo Baston, the accompanying, animated video for “Come On Down” features a series of different birds — a hawk, geese, ducks, an ostrich and the like — flying and walking through flames.
During the fall, METZ will be celebrating the 10th anniversary of the release of their acclaimed self-titled Sub Pop debut with a series of North American shows, which will see them playing the album in its entirety — and includes an October 22, 2022 stop at Warsaw. Tour dates are below.
Sat. Oct. 01 – San Diego, CA – Livewire 30th Anniversary Show @ The Mississippi Room at Lafayette Hotel ^
The 10 Year Anniversary Tour
Thu. Oct. 13 – Toronto, ON – The Opera House
Thu. Oct. 20 – Pittsburgh, PA – Spirit *
Fri. Oct. 21 – Baltimore, MD – Baltimore Soundstage *
Sat. Oct. 22 – Brooklyn, NY – Warsaw *
Sun. Oct. 23 – Hamden, CT – Space Ballroom *
Mon. Oct. 24 – Philadelphia, PA – Underground Arts *
Tue. Oct. 25 – Durham, NC – Motorco Music Hall*
Wed. Oct. 26 – Birmingham, AL – Saturn *
Thu. Oct. 27 – Atlanta, GA – The Earl *
Fri. Oct. 29 – Denton, TX – No Coast Fest @ Rubber Gloves
Wed. Dec. 07 – Phoenix, AZ- Valley Bar +
Thu. Dec. 08 – Los Angeles, CA – Teragram Ballroom +
Fri. Dec. 09 – Oakland, CA – The New Parish +
Sun. Dec. 11 – Seattle, WA – Neumos +
Mon. Dec. 12 – Portland, OR – Doug Fir Lounge *
Thu. Dec. 15 – St. Paul, MN – Turf Club *
Fri. Dec. 16 – Chicago, IL – Metro *
^ w/ Spits + Deadbolt
* w/ Spiritual Cramp
+ w/ Kowloon Walled City