In an era of self-recording and instant Internet gratification, the Toronto-based punk rock trio METZ took five years to put together its full-length album. When it was finished, the band’s self-titled debut was snatched up by Sub Pop, a label whose interest in bands as aggressive as METZ has seemed to taper off since the 1990s. And in another surprise, “METZ” was hosted as an exclusive stream on the website of The New Yorker — not usually thought of as a venue for raw, aggressive music.
But simply listening to the band (cranked volume recommended) will likely knock any analysis out of your head. METZ hits hard, uncouth but focused; not so much unhinged as hinged to a house that’s being methodically demolished. The band has also gotten attention for its raucous live show, which comes to the Middle East Upstairs on Wednesday supported by Massachusetts groups Pile and Speedy Ortiz.