New Video: Animated Visuals for METZ’s “Mr. Plague” Captures the Horrors of Our Contemporary World

Over the past four years or so, I’ve written quite a bit about he Toronto-based JOVM mainstays METZ, and as you may recall the trio’s third, full-length album 2017’s Strange Peace found the band pushing their songwriting in new directions with their most personal and politically charged material (without being explicitly being so) they’ve written to date, while retaining the furious and blistering energy of their live sets — and while capturing the anxiousness, uncertainty, fear and outrage that many young people currently feel, the material seems to suggest that when things are at their bleakest and most hopeless, that you aren’t alone; that there are others out there, who feel like you. 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.”

Now, as you may recall, the members of METZ have developed a reputation for being relentless road warriors, who melt faces and pummel eardrums at clubs and festivals across the globe, and just before they were about to embark on an extensive world tour that included stops in Amsterdam, Rotterdam, they appeared on truTV‘s The Chris Gethard Show, where they played a set featuring singles “Mr. Plague,” “Cellophane” and “Mess of Wires.” And just as they announced some additional dates including a NYC are show at the Rocks Off Cruise with Holy Fuck, the JOVM mainstays released an animated video for the blistering and anxious bruiser “Mr. Plague,” a single that finds the band injecting a small bit of melody into the maelstrom. (Check out the tour dates below.)

Interestingly, as the video’s director Shayne Ehman explains, “the video examines ” . . . the crumbling remnants of civilization . . . a broken justice system . . . a consumer wasteland. . . Was it part of the plan?”  Drawn in a way to emphasize the horrors of a completely broken, fucked up and hopeless world, the video evokes Edvard Munch’s “The Scream,” complete with an existential dread.

Tour Dates 

Apr. 24 – Bologna, IT – Freakout, Bologna *
Apr. 25 – Munich, DE – Strom *
Apr. 26 – Cologne, DE – Gebaude 9 *
Apr. 27 – Belfort, FR – Impetus Festival
Apr. 28 – London, UK – Test Pressing 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 * [Sold Out]
May 04 – Brussels, BE – Les Nuits Botanique [Sold Out]
May 05 – Leffinge, BE – De Zwerver *
May 23 – Taipei, Taiwan – The Wall
May 25 – Beijing, China – TBC
May 26 – Shanghai, China – TBC
May 29 – Hong Kong, China – TTN Livehouse
May 31 – Manila, Philippines – Mow’s Bar
Jun. 01 – Singapore – Decline
Jun. 02 – Bangkok, Thailand – Norma
Jun. 04 – Tokyo, Japan – Fever
Jun. 05 – Tokyo, Japan – Fever
Jun. 06 – Nagoya, Japan – Tight Rope
Jun. 07 – Osaka, Japan – Conpass
Jun. 13 – Boston, MA – Brighton Music Hall
Jun. 14 – New York, NY – Rocks Off Cruise w/ Holy Fuck
Jul. 11 – Quebec City, QC – Festival D’ete
Jul. 12 – Ottawa, ON – Babylon
Jul 18 – Leipzig, DE – UT Connewitz,
Jul. 19 – Berlin, DE – Cassiopeia
Jul. 21 – Tromso, Norway – Bukta Festival
Aug. 16 – Wiesbaden, DE – Schlactof
Aug. 25 – Reading, UK – Reading Festival
Aug. 26 – Leeds, UK – Leeds Festival
Aug. 27 – Nottingham, UK – Rescue Rooms
Aug. 29 – Cardiff, UK – The Globe
Aug. 31 – Asten-Heusden, NL – Misty Fields Festival
Sep. 14 – Vancouver, BC – Rickshaw Theatre (Westward Festival)
Oct. 26-28 – Gainesville, Florida – The Fest
* w/ Moaning