Shaky Knees Death Match: Real Estate vs. METZ. Which is your must see?


With the 2015 version of Shaky Knees Festival‘s official schedule being announced, now it’s time to start planning out your own personal schedule. 

For those difficult decisions, we present to you the Shaky Knees Death Match. We will have each band in every time slot pitted against each other. You make the decision on who you must catch. Check back daily as we explore each time slot.

Shaky Knees Saturday Day 2, 2:45PM time slot includes two artists on the opposite ends of the spectrum in Real Estate at the Peachtree Stage and Metz at the Boulevard Stage.

Real Estate – Peachtree Stage

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By Taylor James

Saturday at 2:45 put your sunglasses on, make sure you have a tropical drink or crisp, refreshing beer in your hand, and head to the Peachtree stage to see Real Estate because it is going to be chill.

A few years ago, briefly after Real Estate released their second album, Days, they were playing a show in my town, and I was having a difficult time finding anyone to go with. My best friend cited his reason for not wanting to go was, “they are really good, but they will be boring live.” A rebuttal, which would have been easily formulated, was unnecessary because I told him if he did go, I would buy him a beer at the show. Of course, in retrospect, he was floored by how entertaining Real Estate was live. Real Estate is not a band that is going to pump your adrenaline up and get you raging at one of their sets, but they will provide the perfect set to have a few drinks, relax, and get sucked into the music at, and with the midday Atlanta sun overhead Saturday, it will be the perfect day to get sucked into a Real Estate set.

No one can pull a melodic drone off like Real Estate can. With their sun-bathed brand of slacker, psychedelic pop, the heavy reverb on those crisp, clean guitar lines can do nothing but hypnotize. All of the other pieces fit the bill perfectly as well. Real Estate will throw in haunting synth lines, repetitive drum beats, and a pleasantly laid back vocal presence courtesy of front-man, Matt Mondanile. Yet, don’t assume all you’re going to get from Real Estate is laid back, slacker music. They know when to throw in the epic build up, the instrumental jam song, or the brilliantly complicated layered guitar riffs like on Crime from their most recent album, Atlas.

Metz – Boulevard Stage


By Mike Gerry

I can personally vouch for how great Real Estate is, as a band and live having seen them multiple times. And if you are into sunny indie pop, Real Estate is about perfect in that time slot for some mid afternoon sun. But that’s not what I’m here for right now.

Let’s just pretend you aren’t into that sort of thing. Perhaps you are more looking to release some mid afternoon rage. Maybe some dickhead knocked your beer out of your hand right after you got it, and instead of unleashing on him for his accident, you realize you should release some steam in the music. After all, that’s what we are here for right?

Well then METZ just happens to be the perfect set for you. And they might just set fire to the Boulevard Stage. There is going to be moshing, screaming, loud guitars, steamy heat, energy, and a little overwhelming. So yeah, it’s going to rule damn hard.

METZ is another noise rock band from Canada. This one from Toronto. METZ has released two albums starting in 2012 to much critical acclaim through the legendary indie label Sup Pop, if that tells you anything. They explore all of the loud genres including grunge, punk, hardcore, and post-punk. With the energy these cats bring to the stage, the anthems, the dancing and ruckus they will create, this is no doubt a can’t miss show.

Check out these artists on the Shaky Knees Spotify Playlist


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