Canada’s METZ are definitely not letting the pandemic slow them down. With their latest album Atlas Vending they proved that they’re ready to take their noise punk sound to the next level between harmonic touches ad dissociative squeals. While the band has never played a set that left the crowd wanting, their newly released performance on KEXP at Home brings the intensity of some of the tracks off the new album to life as viewers get a full on assault from their immense power.
In a live setting, the music of METZ has always felt more at home so to speak. The live sets allow for the intensity of the music to stretch its legs so to speak. Opening with the blistering energy of “Blind Youth Industrial Park,” its obvious that the band came to throw down. The song opens up and doesn’t disappoint. With “No Ceiling” the band fills to room surrounded by amplifiers with their chaotic and reactive sounds. The same can be said by the explosive sounds on “Hail Taxi.”
But where the band really shines is on the last two tracks of the set. For “Framed By The Comets Tail” the ringing noise feels elemental. The harsh delivery shows the band going off during the performance as if they’re fulling embracing the experience. On the closing song of the set “A Boat To Drown In” the three piece doesn’t hold back. Guitar and bass facing the drum kit, the light emanating from underneath the skins isn’t the only light leading the path. The sheer aptitude of the band’s playing goes further than understanding what pedals to invoke. No here, METZ proves why they’re so celebrated as they almost leave the room in waste from their intuitive tone.
The performance can be seen above or on YouTube. Atlas Vending is ready to purchase in various formats directly from Sub Pop Records. METZ is scheduled to return to touring beginning August 11 at Canela Party in Torremolinos, Spain until October 08 in Antwerp, Belgium at Muziekcentrum Trix. Their complete tour scheduling is available here.
Image Credits: Photo by Norman Wong.