The Brudenell Social Club has played host to more than its fair share of bone-crushing, ear-decimating gigs over the years, but there can’t have been many bands that have shaken the venue to its very foundations in quite the punishing fashion that Canadian noise rock trio Metz did recently.
Before their valiant attempt to reduce Leeds’ most beloved music venue to a crumbling wreck, local lads Bilge Pump laboured through a set of disjointed post-punk that was utterly devoid of melody. NME once described their sound as “unlistenable guff”, which might be slightly melodramatic, but there’s no doubting they desperately need to inject some ‘tunes’ into their arsenal.
Since releasing their debut album last year on legendary label Sub Pop, little has stood in the way of Metz’s unstoppable rise and after bearing witness to their visceral interpretation of post-hardcore it’s easy to see why nothing would dare cross their path; it would have been annihilated.
The band’s affinity with the hardcore scene is apparent in their decision to reject playing on the stage in favour of the floor, where the giddy audience is given the opportunity to enjoy a microscopic look at every bead of sweat and pulsing vein, not to mention the odd splatter of saliva fired from the mouth of singer Alex Edkins.
The band rattles through their 40-minute set like a group of teenagers who have just raided Lance Armstrong’s medicine cabinet and rarely deviate from delivering their songs at ear-splitting volume, much to the delight of the frenzied masses in the mosh pit, which is a constant and energetic presence throughout the set.
The palpable disappointment at the absence of an encore was offset by the news that the band will be returning to the Brudenell in May to support Fucked Up and Titus Andronicus in what promises to be one of the most incendiary gigs to be hosted in the city this year. Those who saw Metz this time around will just be hoping their hearing has returned by then.