Your album was a (fairly) long time coming. Just waiting to get it right?
Yes. It took us three 7 inches and a hundred shows to really get a grasp of what a METZ LP would sound like. The actual recording didn't take long at all.
Your album does a great job of translating METZ's live sound to the recorded medium. What's the secret?
Crank it up until it sounds like its going to break. Red line everything including the drums.
You worked with some producers more normally thought of in electronic circles, what made you choose them?
We feel really fortunate to have worked with Graham Walsh (Holy Fuck) and Alex Bonenfant (Crystal Castles). We wanted to avoid a traditional "rock 'n' roll" recording and make something different.
What's the secret to getting that SHRIIIINNNG noise beyond flicking the guitar strings above the headnut?
You have to really mean it!
METZ shows are intense -- is it as physically draining as it appears? It's also really loud. Do you guys wear earplugs?
Yes and Yes. On tour, we wait around all day to play so when the time finally comes we put everything into it. I usually feel like I've been hit by a bus after we play. Earplugs are recommended.
You're coming back to NYC for CMJ -- any Big Apple highlights/anecdotes from your previous shows?
Playing Death By Audio is always a highlight. Our last show there was absolutely crazy. It was so hot I'm surprised nobody in the crowd passed out.
Speaking of DbA (which you've played twice), have you indulged in any of their custom pedals?
Yes. Chris uses one of their pedals. I think its an Interstellar Overdriver or something gnarly like that.
Who's the sleepy student on your album cover?
I'm not sure. My dad took that photo when he was in high school. I think it sums up the overall vibe of the record.
After a few years in Montreal's shadow, Toronto's music scene is getting more attention. What bands should we know about?
Young Mother, Ell V Gore, Dusted, The Soupcans, Teenanger, Odonis Odonis, Rituals, S.H.I.T. and much much more.
Who's the best power trio of all time?
Larry, Curly, and Moe
Canadian question: What's your favorite Sloan album?
Thats a tough one. I think its a tie between Smeared and Twice Removed.