Split Works presents: METZ 2018 CHINA TOUR

“Bold, unsympathetic and brutally effective.” – NME
“One of the best …a punishing, noisy, exhilarating thing” – The New Yorker

 “They sound pissed off, which I fuckin’ like” – Liam Gallagher

The best punk rock isn’t an ‘assault’ as much as it’s a challenge. A challenge to what’s normal, to what’s comfortable, to what’s expected.

METZ are punk rock incarnate, as those who were there for their last China shows know too well. They are an empathic but artful hammer swing to the status quo. Pure yet intricately arranged redline chaos.

Their music is uninhibited and urgent, a kind of sonic venting, a truculent social commentary that bludgeons and provokes, excites and unsettles. It’s important noise.

We love METZ, and we can’t wait to rage with them again. Join us for two shows teetering on the edge of perpetual implosion. Beijing: FriMay 25, Shanghai: Sat May 26.
METZ formed in 2007, fueled by a desire to return to everything that’s good about loud, ecstatic live music; a frantic nod to bands like Nation of Ulysses, Shellac, The Pixies, The Jesus Lizard, and Public Image Ltd. at their most vicious, while carving out some heavy new business.

METZ, the band’s self-titled and formidable debut full-length came out in 2012, was shortlisted for the Polaris Prize, and received much critical acclaim. METZ II followed in 2015. Both live and on record, The METZs articulated with deafening clarity what we’ve known for some time: The world of good music needed a new power trio, and they were it.

“We take our noise and our feedback very seriously,” Edkins says. Their third studio album, Strange Peace, was recorded with Steve Albini and released last year to acclaim: making a number of year-end lists. “Underneath all the distortion and angst, it’s pop music, “ wrote NPR. “Only contorted and deconstructed with gleeful mania.” It moved into new, alarmingly loud territory even for them: capturing the insanity of their electrifying live show.

How lucky we are, reviews said, that a band like METZ can help us channel the collective anger and defiance of our times. To feel something, fiercely and intensely, but together, not alone.

C’mon out, and bring all your friends: METZ are back.


Date and Time: Friday, May 25, 9pm
Venue: 乐空间 Yue Space
Address: 7 Banqiao Nan Xiang 北新桥板桥南巷7号
Support: 小王
Tickets: 120 RMB (PRE-SALE) / 140 RMB (DOOR)
*Pre-sales end at 12 noon, May.25th, 2018
Tickets once sold cannot be refunded!

Date and Time: Saturday, May 26, 9pm
Venue: 育音堂中山公园店 Yuyintang Park
Address: 1398 Yuyuan Road, B1-102 愚园路1398号地下一层b102
NOTE: The Shanghai gig is at the NEW Yuyintang Zhongshan Park location
Support: Ugly Girls
Tickets: 120 RMB (PRE-SALE) / 140 RMB (DOOR)
*Pre-sales end at 12 noon, May.26th, 2018
Tickets once sold cannot be refunded!


Split Works official website:www.spli-t.com
METZ Official Website: http://www.metzztem.com/

About Split Works:

Split Works has been rocking in the free (ish) world since 2006. Working with inspirational artists from across the globe, the good people at Split Works HQ have been a key contributor to the continued rise of China’s music scene.Split Works has launched five music festivals and promoted over 400 tours to 30 Chinese cities, always striving to stay true to a familiar refrain: the music has to be special, every single time. From Godspeed You! Black Emperor to Sonic Youth, from Thee Oh Sees to Mac Demarco and Cloud Nothings, from Black Rabbit to JUE and Wooozy to Concrete & Grass. We love music, we love China and we love you.

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