Listen to “Drained Lake”, the latest METZ song from their new album, ‘Strange Peace’

METZ TO RELEASE THEIR FEROCIOUS THIRD ALBUM STRANGE PEACE

Strange Peace out Friday September 22 on Sub Pop via Inertia Music

A relentless yet compact tumult that plays like a slightly slicker
version of the trio’s signature sound.

SPIN on “Drained Lake”

A predictably riotous return, ‘Cellophane’ sees the band at their most vicious.
DIY on “Cellophane”

True to METZ form, it’s a blast of melodic noise, an aural attack on all fronts;
screeching guitars burst through walls of fuzz, pummelling drums drive right
into your skull, and that’s all topped off with delightfully brash vocals.

Exclaim on “Cellophane”

The new METZ track, “Drained Lake”, is a propulsive, jagged thing; heavy 21st century post-post-punk, with an infectious sea-sick synth line added for good measure. “Drained Lake” is taken from the emphatic but artful hammer swing to the status quo and their highly-anticipated third full-length album, Strange Peace, on Friday September 22 on Sub Pop via Inertia Music.

“Drained Lake” reflects “the constant struggle to know yourself and make sense of your life and surroundings. What is my purpose? Holding on to who you are while fending off pressure to bend to what other people want and expect from you,” says METZ frontman Alex Edkins.

Alex Edkins (guitar, vocals), Hayden Menzies (drums), and Chris Slorach (bass) recorded Strange Peace at Electrical Audio in Chicago, live off the floor to tape with Steve Albini. The result is a distinct artistic maturation into new and alarming territory, frantically pushing past where the band has gone before, while capturing the notorious intensity of their live show. The trio continued to assemble the album (including home recordings, additional instrumentation) back at home in Toronto, adding the finishing touches with longtime collaborator, engineer and mixer, Graham Walsh.

The songs on ‘Strange Peace’ are about uncertainty,” Edkins explains. “They’re about recognising that we’re not always in control of our own fate, and about admitting our mistakes and fears. They’re about finding some semblance of peace within the chaos.

Read the full bio for Strange Peace below.

METZ
Strange Peace

1. Mess of Wires
2. Drained Lake
3.  Cellophane
4. Caterpillar
5. Lost in the Blank City
6. Mr. Plague
7. Sink
8.  Common Trash
9. Escalator Teeth
10. Dig a Hole
11. Raw Materials

Strange Peace by METZ is out Friday September 22 on Sub Pop via Inertia Music
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More on METZ’s Strange Peace

Since releasing their self-titled debut record in 2012, which The New Yorker called, “One of the year’s best albums…a punishing, noisy, exhilarating thing,” the Toronto-based three-piece METZhave garnered international acclaim as one of the most electrifying and forceful live acts, touring widely and extensively, playing hundreds of shows each year around the world.Now, Alex Edkins (guitar, vocals), along with Hayden Menzies (drums), and Chris Slorach(bass) are set to unleash their highly-anticipated third full-length album, Strange Peace, an emphatic but artful hammer swing to the status quo.

The best punk isn’t an assault as much as it’s a challenge — to what’s normal, to what’s comfortable, or simply to what’s expected. Teetering on the edge of perpetual implosion,” NPRwrote in their glowing review of METZ’s 2015 second album, II.

Strange Peace was recorded in Chicago, live off the floor to tape with Steve Albini. The result is a distinct artistic maturation into new and alarming territory, frantically pushing past where the band has gone before, while capturing the notorious intensity of their live show.

Recording in Chicago was a blast. We tracked fourteen songs in four days. It was the first time we felt confident enough to just play live and roll tape,” Edkins said of the recording process. “Strange Peace is much more diverse and varied than anything we’ve done before, which was exhilarating, but terrifying, too. We took the tapes home to Toronto feeling like we’d made the record we wanted to make.

The trio continued to assemble the album (including home recordings, additional instrumentation) back in their hometown, adding the finishing touches with longtime collaborator, engineer and mixer, Graham Walsh.

From the ferocious opening track, “Mess of Wires”, we’re met by the sheer force and fierce musicianship we’ve come to expect from METZ. With the unhinged, post-punk fragments of “Drained Lake”, and the whirling, acerbic pop features of “Cellophane“, the band’s hectic progression becomes clear. But Strange Peace isn’t merely a collection of eleven uninhibited and urgent songs. It’s also a kind of sonic venting, a truculent social commentary that bludgeons and provokes, excites and unsettles.

The songs on ‘Strange Peace’ are about uncertainty,” Edkins explains. “They’re about recognizing that we’re not always in control of our own fate, and about admitting our mistakes and fears. They’re about finding some semblance of peace within the chaos.

With all the pleasurable tension and anxiety of a fever dream, Strange Peace is equal parts challenging and accessible. It is this implausible balancing act, moving from one end of the musical spectrum to the other, that only a band of METZ’s power and capacity can maintain: discordant and melodic, powerful and controlled, meticulous and instinctive, subtle and complex, precise and reckless, wholehearted and merciless, brutal and optimistic, terrifying and fun.

Their whiplash of distortion is made with precision, a contained chaos. But you would never talk about them like that. Because METZ are not something you study or analyze,” wrote Liisa Ladouceur in Exclaim! “They are something you feel: a transfer of energy, pure and simple.

In other words: to feel something, fiercely and intensely, but together, not alone.

 

Featured Photo Credit :  Ebru Yildiz

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