INTERNATIONAL TOUR DATES CONTINUE THIS WEEK
PITCHFORK LIVE - THURSDAY OCT 5 - NOON EST
Strange Peace is available now from Royal Mountain Records in Canada and Sub Pop Records throughout the rest of the world, and Toronto-based noise punk trio METZ have created a short film entitled Making Strange Peace, which captures the band during the recording process of their new album with engineer Steve Albini at Electrical Audio in Chicago. Entertainment Weekly premiered the film, and had this to say, “Strange Peace is not only their best yet, but one of the year’s best rock releases.”
METZ also recently shared a new video for Strange Peace’s lead single “Cellophane”. As described by director Shayne Ehman, the visual depicts a sphere where “consciousness is split, and a world of contrast unfolds. The resulting disembodiment disperses one’s spatial awareness and new kinds of empathy develop. Two become three, and it’s only half the story.”
METZ’s international tour schedule in support of Strange Peace is underway with dates in Montreal, Halifax, and Vancouver on the horizon. The tour currently runs through December 16th in Houston at Warehouse Live. During that run, METZ will serve as direct support for Modest Mouse on October 10th and 11th.
Additionally, METZ will play shows with Uniform (October 2nd-8th), Protomartyr (November 2nd-8th), Brian Case (November 9th), Drahla (November 12th-24th), newly-signed labelmates Moaning (December 7th-16th), and Cherubs (December 15th). All of their current tour dates follow.
METZ have also scheduled a Pitchfork Live performance for Thursday, October 5th at noon EST.
2017 METZ TOUR DATES
Oct. 04 - Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg #
Oct. 05 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom #
Oct. 06 - Washington, DC - Rock & Roll Hotel #
Oct. 07 - Hamden, CT - The Ballroom
Oct. 08 - Montreal, QC - La Sala Rosa
Oct. 10 - Providence, RI - Lupo’s *
Oct. 11 - Sayreville, NJ - Starland Ballroom *
Oct. 18 - Halifax, NS - The Marquee (Halifax Pop Explosion)
Nov. 02 - Prague, Czech Republic - Futurum !
Nov. 03 - Wroclaw, Poland - Klub Firlej !
Nov. 04 - Warsaw, Poland - Klub Hydrozagadka !
Nov. 06 - Berlin, Germany - Bi Nuu !
Nov. 07 - Copenhagen, Denmark - Loppen !
Nov. 08 - Hamburg, Germany - Knust !
Nov. 09 - Zwolle, Netherlands - Poppodium Hedon ^
Nov. 10 - Kortrijk, Belgium - De Kruen (Sonic City Festival)
Nov. 11 - Utrecht, Netherlands - Le Guess Who? Festival
Nov. 12 - Le Havre, France - Le Tetris %
Nov. 14 - Nimes, France - La Paloma %
Nov. 15 - Bordeaux, France - Theatre Barbey %
Nov. 16 - Toulouse, France - Club Metronum %
Nov. 17 - Barcelona, Spain - La (2) De Apolo %
Nov. 18 - Madrid, Spain - Moby Dick %
Nov. 20 - Nantes, France - Pole Etudiant %
Nov. 21 - Paris, France - 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 Ballroom **
Dec. 13 - San Diego, CA - Casbah **
Dec. 15 - Austin, TX - Mohawk & **
Dec. 16 - Houston, TX - Studio at Warehouse Live **
# w/ Uniform
! w/ Protomartyr
^ w/ Brian Case
% w/ Drahla
& w/ Cherubs
* w/ Modest Mouse
** w/ Moaning
Strange Peace is available now from Royal Mountain Records in Canada and from Sub Pop worldwide. Canadian fans can purchase the new record. Meanwhile, Sub Pop’s limited Loser Edition on clear vinyl with red and green swirls, can be purchased from the band at upcoming tour dates or at select independent retailers in the U.S.(while supplies last).
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
“Strange Peace is more - more intense, more melodic, more brutal, more confident.” [4/5] - DIY
“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
"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
"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
"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!
"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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