METZ have announced their fourth studio album, Atlas Vending, set for release on October 9 via Sub Pop. The Toronto punk trio, consisting of guitarist/vocalist Alex Edkins, drummer Hayden Menzies, and bassist Chris Slorachalso, also unveiled the first single from the album, ‘A Boat to Drown In’, along with a music video directed by Tony Wolski. Check it out below, and scroll for the album’s artwork and tracklist.
Containing 10 tracks, the new album was recorded at Machines with Magnets in Rhode Island and was co-produced by Ben Greenberg (Uniform) and engineered and and mixed by Seth Manchester (Daughters, Lingua Ignota, The Body). As METZ’s Alex Edkins explains, the new album is “about leaving a bad situation behind. About overcoming obstacles that once held you back, rising above, and looking to a better future. The title refers to immersing yourself fully into what you love and using it as a sanctuary from negativity and a catalyst for change.”
He added: “Our goal is to remain in flux, to grow in a natural and gradual way. We’ve always been wary to not overthink or intellectualize the music we love but also not satisfied until we’ve accomplished something that pushes us forward.”
Speaking of the new song and video in particular, director Tony Wolski said in a press release: “The song has a beautiful, crushing numbness to it that we wanted to mirror in the visual. So we chose to romanticize our main character’s descent into her delusions of love and togetherness. At a time when everyone’s simultaneously coping with some sort of isolation, a story about loneliness—and the mania that comes with it—seems appropriate to tell.”
Atlas Vending follows from the band’s 2017’s album Strange Peace. Last year, they released a compilation of B-Sides and rarities called Automat.
Atlas Vending Cover Artwork:
Atlas Vending Tracklist:
2. Blind Youth Industrial Park
3. The Mirror
4. No Ceiling
5. Hail Taxi
6. Draw Us In
7. Sugar Pill
8. Framed by the Comet’s Tail
10. A Boat to Drown In