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ou know what it is about him,” ponders Metz bassist Chris Slorach, about engineer Graham Walsh, “he’s just vibes. Anyone can really do what he does,” he continues, laughing, “but his vibes are so good, he’s just happy and chill and he never gets flustered, we just get flustered. That’s what we love about him the most.” The Toronto trio return this month with ‘II’, a record that, although more expansive and accomplished in sound than that blistering 2012 self-titled debut, is largely – in the best way possible – ‘much of the same’. And that’s OK by them. “You’ll always know what we sound like,” says vocalist Alex Edkins, “this is our natural sound, it’s just who we are.” “Closing a certain chapter” is how Chris puts it, pairing their debut and ‘II’ as bookends, or parts of a friendship necklace. “These two albums are definitely half of each other. They’re a similar thing.”

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‘II’ was recorded throughout the final months of 2014 in Toronto, working with the same people, in the same way as first time around. “It was something that worked for us,” explains Alex. “Mentally, where we were at with this record, to work with all the same people just made sense. We could bang our heads together, and argue among ourselves to make sure the songs were in a place we wanted them, and we knew these people would step aside and let us do our thing until we were ready. I can say this about the process of self-producing, Graham is someone that I trust, and we all do trust implicitly.” “They know our language,” agrees Chris. “They know how we approach the band, what we value, what we maybe don’t value, and how to translate some of the things in our heads on to tape.” “I really think it’s an evolution and a progression,” he continues. “After the first record, we’d been around the world several times, and it was a totally brand new and exciting experience. Luckily, we didn’t burn ourselves out completely, we were back and excited to get back in to the studio and

DIY, May 2015  

Featuring Mumford and Sons, Brandon Flowers, Alabama Shakes, Django Django, Blur, Shamir, Palma Violets and loads more.

DIY, May 2015  

Featuring Mumford and Sons, Brandon Flowers, Alabama Shakes, Django Django, Blur, Shamir, Palma Violets and loads more.