In 2020, Toronto rock band METZ released their fourth studio album. Atlas sale amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The group came up with creative solutions to bring the album to fans until live concerts could safely resume, including the release of a live performance of the album titled Live at the Opera.
Now, finally, after a year, METZ will embark on a long-awaited tour, a joint effort with concerns appearing in Edmonton at The Starlite room November 26. METZ drummer Hayden Menzies took the time to answer a few questions about the album and the upcoming tour for Gateway before the show.
Answers have been edited for brevity and clarity.
The Gateway: What’s the most exciting part of finally bringing this album to a live, in-person show?
Menzies: He feels good. I mean, it’s a little scary just because we haven’t been on the road for almost two years. I mean, to be honest, we weren’t even sure if this tour was going to happen. But we are happy to say that it is. We were eagerly awaiting the opportunity to engage with people in a live setting; I think that kind of energy level is really impossible to imitate in any other way than it’s just been real. So we really can’t wait to be in the same room with the people and share some music and energy.
Q: You’ve done a few livestreams and even released an entire live album; How was the recording of the album live on livestream compared to a normal show in front of an audience?
I mean, it was definitely different. There’s not that energy in nurturing people in a live forum, in a setting that’s sort of inclusive and where everyone is trying to enjoy that experience together, so it’s the most obvious thing that has been removed from it. But we figured if we were going to do it, we wanted to do it once and do it really well. The [Live at the] Opera livestream was kind of the combination of being locked up for a year and trying to figure out what we could do to stay engaged and add new life to this record that we’re really proud of that came out during the pandemic.
So it was different, but in the end, because we put a lot of time into getting it right with the right sound, lighting, crew and all, it sure didn’t sound like something. that was sort of assembled. . There was a lot of stuff in there, and I think that was the only way we could really justify doing it [a live recording], and we are very happy with the result.
Q: Is there a specific song from Atlas sale that you are particularly excited to perform in front of an audience?
Yes, my go-to answer for that is always “Framed by the tail of the cometâBecause it’s a bit more sober of a track. For the most part it’s a bit sullen, it flexes that dynamic muscle a bit more than some of the other songs where you really have to put things in place. And [the] calm is calm to revel in the dynamics of a song rather than just weaving your way through them. It’s a kind of respite; I can rest for a game. So that’s a favorite for me since we recorded the record.
Q: Is there something you would like fans to take away from seeing your guys’ live performances – a particular feeling that you want your fans to take away with?
Honestly, I hope people leave happy, included, safe and comfortable. I think it’s important for us that this is an inclusive experience. So we really want people [to leave] happy. It’s not about aggression, or any kind of macho stuff just because it’s loud and emotional to some extent, and a lot of us are participating mentally and physically. We want people to leave feeling like they’ve seen something and heard something genuine and from a good place.
Q: Could you give us three words to describe your live show to our readers who might be interested in checking out the show?
Energetic, strong and with love.