METZ – Cellophane

METZ will release Strange Peace, their highly-anticipated third full-length album on September 22 via Sub Pop, and Royal Mountain in Canada.

Alex Edkins (guitar, vocals), Hayden Menzies (drums), and Chris Slorach (bass) recorded the album at Electrical Audio in Chicago, live off the floor to tape with Steve Albini. The result is a distinct artistic maturation into new and alarming territory, frantically pushing past where the band has gone before, while capturing the notorious intensity of their live show. The trio continued to assemble the album (including home recordings, additional instrumentation) back at home in Toronto, adding the finishing touches with longtime collaborator, engineer and mixer, Graham Walsh.

“The songs on Strange Peace are about uncertainty,” Edkins explains. “They’re about recognising that we’re not always in control of our own fate, and about admitting our mistakes and fears. They’re about finding some semblance of peace within the chaos.”

Strange Peace is out September 22 on Sub Pop and Royal Mountain Records. Pre-order here.

Protomartyr – A Private Understanding

Detroit post-punk outfit Protomartyr release their new record Relatives In Descent on September 29 through Domino Records.

Relatives In Descent offers new layers and new insights, without sanding any of the edges born from their days as a Detroit bar band. Greg Ahee’s guitar still crackles and spits electricity. Casey’s voice continues to shift naturally between dead-eyed croon and fevered bark. Drummer Alex Leonard and bassist Scott Davidson remain sharp and propulsive, a rhythm section that’s as agile as it is adventurous. But this is also Protomartyr at their most impressive. After months of rehearsal, the band decamped to Los Angeles for two weeks in March of 2017, to record with Sonny DiPerri (Animal Collective, Dirty Projectors), who co-produced the record and helped capture the band’s long-simmering vision for something more complex, but no less visceral.

It all begins with A Private Understanding, pegged as the album’s opening statement the second it was finished, and a wellspring from which the following eleven songs flow. At once beautiful and brutal, it mutates from drum-led oddity to unlikely anthem, with some of Casey’s most potent lyrical work at its centre: “Sorrow’s the wind blowing through/Truth is hiding in the wire.”

The video, shared today, was inspired by a recent trip to Ireland by Casey, wherein he found himself in a pub one night and saw an older gentleman – bearing a slight resemblance to himself – singing a traditional Irish song to a handful of onlookers. In the video, a man (portrayed by 78-year-old Detroit stand-up comic Marty Smith, an acquaintance of Joe’s from his days working the door at a comedy club) sings his torturous tale to a bar of people, many of whom show varying degrees of interest.

Omni – Equestrian

Atlanta-based post-punk outfit Omni, featuring former Deerhunter/Balkans guitarist Frankie Broyles and ex-Carnivores members Philip Frobos and Billy Mitchell, will release their sophomore album Multi-task on September 22 via Chicago label, Trouble in Mind.

Following their dizzyingly 2016 LP, Deluxe, Multi-task is a more musically adventurous step forward for the band, keeping the frantic, fleet-fingered fingerpicking of Broyles’ guitar work & Frobos’ dead-cool delivery while expanding their musical palette & to include whispers of post-Roxy glam & Postcard Records pop.

Today, the group has shared their funk-fused new track Equestrian. Omni explain that the track is “a song for and about the privileged and self-loathing. It can be unknowingly fun and disgusting at the same time to live in the now. Despicable/Applicable.”