EXPERIENCE THE TRANSIENT NATURE OF TIME AND SPACE, THROUGH CUTLERY, IN THE NEW METZ VIDEO FOR “DRAINED LAKE”
STRANGE PEACE OUT NOW VIA ROYAL MOUNTAIN RECORDS IN CANADA / SUB POP RECORDS WORLD WIDE
"Strange Peace is an album that just sounds great from front to back, consistently knocking it out of the park with heavy guitars, concrete drums, and basslines that threaten speaker systems everywhere." - Northern Transmissions
"With the aid of his friends Chris Slorach and Hayden Menzies, who make up METZ's colossal rhythm section, Edkins and his guitar have never sounded so cunning, confrontational and, yet, so compellingly uncertain." [9/10] - Exclaim!
“Strange Peace is more - more intense, more melodic, more brutal, more confident.” [4/5] - DIY
In METZ’ new video for “Drained Lake”, director Shayne Ehman (who also directed the band's video for “Cellophane”) highlights no less than the transient nature of time and space, through cutlery and kitchen wares. “Drained Lake” is one of the standouts from the new METZ album Strange Peace. And the song is a propulsive, jagged thing; heavy 21st-century post-post-punk, with an infectious sea-sick synth line added for good measure.
METZ will begin the European leg of their 2017 international tour in support of Strange Peace on November 2. The band returns to Canada on December 8, with a show in Vancouver at Cobalt, with newly signed Sub Pop artists Moaning opening. The band will close out a busy year of touring with European and North American dates through November and December, joined along the way by Protomartyr (November 2nd-8th), Brian Case (November 9th), Drahla (November 12th-24th), Moaning (December 7th - 15th), and Cherubs (December 15th). All of their current tour dates are listed below.
METZ TOUR DATES
Nov. 02 - Prague, CZ - Futurum !
Nov. 03 - Wroclaw, PL - Klub Firlej !
Nov. 04 - Warsaw, PL - Klub Hydrozagadka !
Nov. 06 - Berlin, DE - Bi Nuu !
Nov. 07 - Copenhagen, DE - Loppen !
Nov. 08 - Hamburg, DE - Knust !
Nov. 09 - Zwolle, NL - Poppodium Hedon ^
Nov. 10 - Kortrijk, BE - De Kruen (Sonic City Festival)
Nov. 11 - Utrecht, NL - Le Guess Who? Festival
Nov. 12 - Le Havre, FR - Le Tetris %
Nov. 14 - Nimes, FR - La Paloma %
Nov. 15 - Bordeaux, FR - Theatre Barbey %
Nov. 16 - Toulouse, FR - Club Metronum %
Nov. 17 - Barcelona, ES - La (2) De Apolo %
Nov. 18 - Madrid, ES - Moby Dick %
Nov. 20 - Nantes, FR - Pole Etudiant %
Nov. 21 - Paris, FR - Le Trabendo %
Nov. 22 - London, UK - The Garage %
Nov. 23 - Bristol, UK - The Fleece %
Nov. 24 - Leeds, UK - Brudenell Social Club %
Nov. 25 - Brighton, UK - The Haunt
Dec. 07 - Seattle, WA - Neumos **
Dec. 08 - Vancouver, BC - Cobalt **
Dec. 09 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir **
Dec. 11 - San Francisco, CA - Independent **
Dec. 12 - Los Angeles, CA - Teragram **
Dec. 13 - San Diego, CA - Casbah **
Dec. 15 - Austin, TX - Mohawk & **
^ w/ Brian Case
% w/ Drahla
& w/ Cherubs
** w/ Moaning
MORE PRAISE FOR STRANGE PEACE
“Recorded with Shellac's mastermind Steve Albini, Strange Peace is an album that doesn't need to be explicitly political to make a statement about our current chaotic climate. The opening track, "Mess of Wires," gallops out of the gate like a malfunctioning industrial robot, a tangle of mechanical riffs and Edkins' oddly infectious chants. The band's ability to inject melody into the weirdest of places is most striking on "Cellophane." Slightly more laidback than the usual METZ song, it's closer to a garage-rock anthem than a skin-peeling punk rager, and Edkins' refrain of "How will I know? / How will I know?" is designed to lodge itself in the brain of the listener like some insidious implant....cathartic rather than hopeless — an exorcism of nervous energy at a time when it's direly needed.” [First Listen] - NPR Music
“With Strange Peace, METZ have created an album that still largely has one foot rooted in the best of their past, but sees the other stretching forward into a future that is just as riotous. Long may it continue.” [8/10] - The Line of Best Fit
“Laden with hypnotic riffs and Alex Edkins’ delightfully coarse vocals, the album has a basement-to-radio quality. METZ maintains the relentless punk energy from their first two albums, but with a more accessible play-through; Strange Peace could serve as a comfortable introduction to noise punk....Born out of political defiance, punk rock is a necessary retort at this juncture; it can’t be dead, especially if METZ has anything to say about it.” - Stereogum
"Hardcore fans can rest easy knowing that METZ haven't skimped on the nitrous-fuelled angst that has inspired legions of us to smash windows with our faces since 2012." - Under the Radar
"The band’s third album, Strange Peace, is very much like its first two, and that is a good thing. Each is single-minded in its purpose and methods. There are no ballads, no songs that are quiet or long or contemplative. Instead, there is a constant search for a frequency that is thrilling and a commitment to it." [8/10] - Popmatters
“Strange Peace is as raucous and fun as you want a METZ record to be.” [4/5]- Dork
"The Toronto-based trio METZ have incorporated harmony into their heavy sound on their third full-length. They shift away from all-out abrasion, adding color to their eruptions."- Pitchfork
"It's hard to imagine where METZ can go after pushing their sound and skills into the red zone as they have on Strange Peace, but with their third album, they've left no doubt that they're one of the most singularly powerful rock bands in North America, and you ignore them at your peril." - [4/5] - All Music
"METZ has a habit of keeping their listeners waiting for new music, but when Strange Peace is the final product, the wait suddenly feels justified. The quality of songwriting on this album might not only be the best that METZ has ever done, but it’s also one of the better noise rock records of recent memory." [9/10] - Glide
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