Sub Pop will release on July 12th a chronological trip through the lesser known material of METZ. Automat is a collection of non-album singles, B-sides, and rarities dating back to 2009. This will be the first time that this 12-song collection will be available on LP.
All tracks on Automat have been lovingly remastered by Matthew Barnhart at Chicago Mastering Service.
The band has shared a new video for their song “ Dry Up.” Watch below!
“METZ have been making music together for over 10 years,” says the band’s frontman Alex Edkins. “It’s been a blur. We’ve very rarely allowed ourselves to look backward. We’ve been hyper-focused on always moving forward at breakneck speed, perpetually fixated on what’s next. The video for ‘Dry Up,’ as well as the Automat album, is an attempt to pause, take a breath, look backward and take stock of our past. It’s intended to express how grateful we are to be able to do what we do. It’s a love letter to the incredible places we’ve traveled, the beautiful people we’ve met, to community, music, and friendship.”
Consumers of the vinyl format of Automat will be rewarded with a bonus single that includes three additional tracks: a cover of Sparklehorse’s “Pig,” from a very limited 2012 Record Store Day split single originally released by Toronto’s Sonic Boom record shop; “I’m a Bug,” a cover of The Urinals’ art-punk classic, originally released on YouTube (not an actual record label) in 2014; and METZ’s previously unreleased rendition of Gary Numan’s “M.E.”
METZ are heading overseas on June 23rd, to begin a 14-date EU run with performances at Loose Ends Festival in Amsterdam, Lars Rock Festival in Chiusi Scalo, IT, Pointu Festival in Island Gaou, FR, and wrapping up July 14th in Montmartin-sur-Mer, FR. See below for a full list of shows.
Jun. 23 – Amsterdam, NL- Loose Ends Festival
Jun. 25 – Bristol, UK – Fleece
Jun. 26 – Leeds, UK – Brudenell Social
Jun. 27 – Manchester, UK – YES
Jun. 28 – London, UK – Studio 9294
Jun. 29 – Eindhoven, NL – Effenaar
Jul. 02 – Zurich, CH – Bogen F
Jul. 03 – Lyon, FR – Ninkasi Gerland / Kao
Jul. 05 – Chiusi Scalo, IT – Lars Rock Festival
Jul. 06 – Milan, IT – Santeria Social Club
Jul. 07 – Ile du Gaou, FR – Pointu Festival
Jul. 09 – Düdingen, CH – Bad Bonn
Jul. 10 – Luxembourg-Bonnevoie, LU – Rotondes
Jul. 11 – Bremen, DE – TOWER Musikclub
Jul. 12 – Herk-De-Stad, Belgium – Rock Herk Festival
Jul. 13 – Paris, France – La Station, Gare Des Mines for Garage MU Festival
Jul. 14 – Montmartin-sur-Mer, FR – Chauffer Dans La Noirceur
METZ are currently hard at work on their 4th full-length LP which will be released on Sub Pop when we are all damn good and ready.