Here's a condensed version of an interview with METZ guitar man Alex Edkins, which was conducted over the phone prior to the writing of this article over here.
Are you getting tired of doing interviews yet, and how many you think you’ve done over the last month?
Oh there’ve been lots. I lost count. I don’t mind it, because I like meeting new people and talking to them. So far, I’m not sick of it, but it’s definitely been a lot more than we’ve even done in the four years that we’ve been together.
The record has been rather well received. How did you guys end up on Sub Pop?
Well, it’s a really boring story. We sent them a demo of the record we were working on and they got back to us and said “You know what, we like it.” But they made no commitment. They said finish it, and send it back to us. Basically they wanted to hear the finished product. So we actually wrote another couple of songs and then we sent it back over to them. Then I think about a month or so went by before we heard anything back.
Yeah, there’s a lot of tension in your music. How do you guys chill out?
I guess I’m kind of a movie nerd. I guess all three of us like to kick back and do that.
How did you end up with the name METZ, you’re not French Canadian, are you?
[laughs] No. Hayden and I were playing in another band a while ago and we toured in Europe, and one of the craziest shows was in Metz. So, we quit that band and started working on something new, and it just popped in our heads. We liked how it looked and how it sounded, so it’s really just mostly aesthetic. But it was from that time from France.
That’s better than if it had some big meaning. Also, I’m of French Canadian descent. Let’s say you guys get stuck while writing a song. How do you get around it? What are your tricks?
Well sometimes we’ll just forget about it and go have a beer. But we don’t have a sure-fire way. We try not to overthink it.
What’s going on in Toronto?
Endless bands doing really interesting stuff. I think it’s better right now than it’s been in years.
What if somebody wanted to find some loud rock? What venue would they go to?
It’s funny because in Toronto, there’s not any one scene. We’re always jumping around. Last night here we played a basement show at Parts and Labor. There are always shows at the Silver Dollar Room. And then there’s always the bigger venues like the Horseshoe and Lee’s Palace.
What’s your practice space like?
Basically it’s a tiny, claustrophobic room in a place they call the Rehearsal Factory. It’s an old warehouse that’s been converted into these tiny little workrooms. It’s pretty gross. I won’t lie. We share it with Fucked Up, another Toronto band. It’s wall-to-wall amps. I’m not even sure how we get anything done there, because it’s so cramped.
Okay, last question. I just ate a half a jar of peanut butter last night. What do you think about that?
[laughs] I’ve totally been there, man.
You’ve done that?
You mean peanut butter with a spoon? Oh yeah, I’ve totally done that.
METZ play Barboza tomorrow night with Survival Knife, which is comprised of former Unwound people. DO IT.