poftx presents . . .

METZ w/ Gouge Away

All Ages
Saturday, April 27
Show 8pm

With time, we come to understand the way the joy of connection is mirrored by the void of loss, how the constancy of love is matched only by the impermanence of life, the simple idea that we could not create light if we did not risk the dark—we’d never need to.

So it is with METZ, a band once known for blowing out eardrums with songs of joyous rage who have, over their past few records, begun exploring ways to turn abrasiveness into atmospherics, the evolution of their sound not only a reflection of the maturing of the band themselves but also of a changed world that demands nuance and compassion to comprehend and to survive.

It was a journey already underway on 2020’s Atlas Vending, but one that reaches new heights on Up On Gravity Hill, where the Canadian trio creates a kaleidoscopic sonic world as tender as it is dark, aided once again by engineer Seth Manchester (Mdou Moctar, Lingua Ignota, Battles, The Body). Deep, detailed, and unyieldingly personal, it is not only METZ’s most powerful record to date but also their most beautiful.

METZ is a Canadian punk rock band from Ontario, formed in Ottawa and based in Toronto. The band consists of guitarist and vocalist Alex Edkins, bassist Chris Slorach and drummer Hayden Menzies. Founded in 2008, METZ released its eponymous debut album on the Sub Pop label in 2012. The album was named on the 2013 Polaris Music Prize shortlist on July 16, 2013. On February 17, 2015, the band announced a new album, II, with the release of its first track, "Acetate", and an accompanying music video; the album was released May 5, 2015 in North America and the previous day elsewhere.
Gouge Away is an American rock band based in Florida that formed in 2012. The band is influenced by post-hardcore and noise rock bands such as The Jesus Lizard, Fugazi, Unwound, The Plot to Blow Up the Eiffel Tower and Nirvana. Gouge Away released its debut album , Dies in 2016 to underground acclaim, and will release its second album Burnt Sugar through Deathwish Inc. in 2018. Gouge Away released its debut album titled , Dies on February 13, 2016 through Eighty-Sixed Records. Jeremy Bolm of Touché Amoré, who has known vocalist Christina Michelle before the band formed, personally invited Gouge Away to tour with them and Ceremony.