Metz

Tuesday, May 7, hi-dive, 303-733-0230.

This Toronto trio emerged in 2008 and did what more bands in this day and age should: It developed its music and overall aesthetic, then turned the results into songs that the band actually seems excited to play. Sure, the noise-rock roots from the '80s and '90s are there, and you're sure to hear echoes of Scratch Acid, Big Black, maybe even Arab on Radar in the band's distorted, contorted melodies, but there's also a heady drive to Metz's rhythms (it's there in the live setting, as well) that borders on hysteria. The band's 2012 debut on Sub Pop, produced in part by Graham Walsh of Holy Fuck, seethes with an unhinged nervous energy that hasn't been heard nearly enough of late.

 
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