Published Jul 11, 2017In addition to treating their previous releases to fancy expanded vinyl editions, Toronto noisemakers METZ have been hinting at a new LP on the horizon. Well, they've confirmed that the new record will be arriving this fall, and they've even given us a preview of what's to come.
Titled Strange Peace, the album is due out on September 22 via Royal Mountain Records/Sub Pop. The album artwork is pictured above, while a complete tracklisting can be found down below. It marks the Toronto three-piece's third studio album, following up 2015's II.
The LP was recorded in Chicago with producer Steve Albini. In an attempt to capture the intense energy of their live performance, the new tracks were recorded live off the floor to tape. Additional instrumentation and finishing touches were completed back home in Toronto with longtime collaborator, engineer and mixer Graham Walsh.
"Strange Peace isn't merely a collection of eleven uninhibited and urgent songs," a press release reads. "It's also a kind of sonic venting, a truculent social commentary that bludgeons and provokes, excites and unsettles."
The band are letting us hear what that sounds like with a brand new single called "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.
Give it a listen below.
Along with the new album, METZ have a long series of tour dates coming up in support of their latest, including several stops here in Canada. You can see the complete schedule below.
1. Mess of Wires
2. Drained Lake
5. Lost in the Blank City
6. Mr. Plague
8. Common Trash
9. Escalator Teeth
10. Dig a Hole
11. Raw Materials
09/05 Atlanta, GA - 529
09/07 Raleigh, NC - Hopscotch Festival
09/25 Chicago, IL - Thalia Hall
09/29 Toronto, ON - Lee's Palace *
09/30 Toronto, ON - Lee's Palace *
10/02 Boston, MA - Sinclair #
10/03 Philadelphia, PA - The First Unitarian Church #
10/04 Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg #
10/05 New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom #
10/06 Washington, DC - Rock & Roll Hotel #
10/08 Montreal, QC - La Sala Rosa
11/02 Prague, Czech Republic - Futurum !
11/03 Wroclaw, Poland - Klub Firlej !
11/04 Warsaw, Poland - Klub Hydrozagadka !
11/06 Berlin, Germany - Bi Nuu !
11/07 Copenhagen, Denmark - Loppen !
11/08 Hamburg, Germany - Knust !
11/09 Zwolle, Netherlands - Poppodium Hedon ^
11/10 Kortrijk, Belgium - De Kruen (Sonic City Festival)
11/12 Le Havre, France - Le Tetris %
11/14 Nimes, France - La Paloma %
11/15 Bordeaux, France - Theatre Barbey %
11/16 Toulouse, France - Club Metronum %
11/17 Barcelona, Spain - La (2) De Apolo %
11/18 Madrid, Spain - Moby Dick %
11/20 Nantes, France - Pole Etudiant %
11/21 Paris, France - Le Trabendo %
11/22 London, UK - The Garage %
11/23 Bristol, UK - The Fleece %
11/24 Leeds, UK - Brudenell Social Club %
11/25 Brighton, UK - The Haunt
12/07 Seattle, WA - Neumos
12/08 Vancouver, BC - Cobalt
12/09 Portland, OR - Doug Fir
12/11 San Francisco, CA - Independent
12/12 Los Angeles, CA - Teragram
12/13 San Diego, CA - Casbah
12/15 Austin, TX - Mohawk &
12/16 Houston, TX - Studio @ Warehouse Live
* with SUUNS
# with Uniform
! with Protomartyr
^ with Brian Case
% with Drahla
& with Cherubs