Live Footage: Arte Concert Snapshots Presents: Metz at Le Trabendo Paris

Now, if you’ve been frequenting this site over the past three years or so you, you’d recall that with their 2014 self-titled debut and their 2015 sophomore effort II, the Toronto, ON-based trio and JOVM mainstays METZ, comprised of Alex Eadkins (vocals, guitar), Chris Slorach (bass) and Hayden Menzies (drums), received attention across North America and elsewhere for a sludgy, face-melting, power chord-based, noise punk/thrash punk sound reminiscent of Bleach and In Utereo-era Nirvana, A Place to Bury StrangersJapandroids and others.

The band’s third full-length album Strange Peace was released earlier this year through Sub Pop Records, and the album finds the band actively pushing their sound and songwriting in new directions while retaining the furious and blistering energy of their live shows; but perhaps much more importantly, Strange Peace may arguably be among the most politically charged material they’re written and recorded to date, capturing the uncertainty, fear, divisiveness, bitterness and growing socioeconomic inequality of the age of Trump, Putin, Kim Jong Un, rampant capitalism and so on. As the band’s Alex Eadkins explained in press notes, “The songs on Strange Peace are about uncertainty. 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.”

The Canadian punk trio have been relentlessly touring to support their latest album and throughout most of November, they were touring throughout the European Union, and the tour included a stop at Paris-based music venue Le Trabendo, which was filmed by ARTE Concert and La Blogotheuqe as part of their continuing concert series, Snapshots. Unsurprisingly, the footage of Strange Peace‘s “Mr. Plague” and “Eraser” manages to capture the band within their sweaty, strobe light flashing, intensity, forcefully snatching the title of “World’s Loudest Band,” and “World’s Noisiest Band” from all challengers. While in the past, they would play extremely straightforward versions of their material, this Paris set finds the trio gently teasing new musical ideas from bits of inspired improvisation. Along with the band’s passionate and frenzied performance, check out the French audience, who are absolutely losing their shit to these guys.

Tomorrow, the band embarks on a short North American leg that includes a handful of West Coast dates before returning to Europe in April. Check out the tour dates below.


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 ^ *

Jan. 18 – Winnipeg, MB – The Good Will
Jan. 19 – Calgary, AB – Big Winter Classic
Jan. 20 – Edmonton, AB – Starlite Ballroom
Apr. 19 – Amsterdam, NL – Paradiso Noord
Apr. 21 – Esch-sur-Alzette, LU – Out of the Crowd Festival
Apr. 23 – Milan, IT – Magnolia
Apr. 24 – Bologna, IT – Freakout, Bologna
Apr. 25 – Munich, DE – Strom
Apr. 26 – Cologne, DE – Gebaude 9
Apr. 27 – Belfort, FR – Impetus Festival
Apr. 30 – Glasgow, UK – Stereo
May 01 – Dublin, IE – Whelan’s
May 02 – Manchester, UK – Soup Kitchen
May 03 – Ramsgate, UK – Ramsgate Music Hall
May 04 – Brussels, BE – Les Nuits Botanique
May 05 – Leffinge, BE – De Zwerver

^ w/ Cherubs
* w/ Moaning