METZ / Radar Eyes / Absolutely Free
Saturday, Oct 27, 2012 10:00 PM CDT
Empty Bottle, Chicago, IL
21 years and over
Over the last three-and-a-half years, METZ have slayed in basements, skate shops, clubs, and festivals, sharing stages with MISSION OF BURMA, DEATH FROM ABOVE 1979, ARCHERS OF LOAF and more. They play like one brutally heavy instrument with three heads, slashing heavy-gauge strings, bending guitar and bass necks in weird unison, along with what is probably the loudest drumming you’ve ever heard. METZ's 2012 self-titled record, out via Sub Pop, absolutely, unequivocally destroys almost any other record we've heard this year, punishing listeners with an unrelentingly loud, abrasive approach that's a fresh throwback to a sound though lost in the increasingly safe world of indie-rock. Earlier this year, local rabble rousers RADAR EYES, released their debut self-titled LP on HoZac and the effort blisters with their version of heavily layered noisy garage coated in several inches of distortion, reverb, echo and feedback. In the words of Impose, RADAR EYES “play with a shoegazed despondency...some music sounds like a proper backdrop to the moment the chord attaching you to the outside of your spacecraft snaps and there’s no hope for a change in trajectory unless a distant planet’s gravity reels you in.” Comprised of four members of DD/MM/YYYY, ABSOLUTELY FREE only have a single out, but it's as dense and atmospheric as you might expect, with pulsating, Krauty rhythmic tendencies you'd expect from the aforementioned band. Heavily layered and tenacious, they bring a highly approachable style to their progressive, tranced-out mindfuckery that will most likely send onlookers into outer space.