Metro Verlaine “Pop Sauvage” 

February 2024 | MUSIC, 24/02

Founded in 2013 and hailing from Évreux, Metro Verlaine started out as a duo, aided by a drum machine, before evolving into a band with a more classic line-up. They cut their teeth playing in pubs and clubs across France and in London. It was a defining experience for them. Their debut album ‘Cut Up’, sung almost entirely in French, just like this one, was released in 2018. Their influences include the French pop-rock bands of the 90s and above all the Anglo-Saxon new wave and post-punk scene, from the Cure to Joy Division and Television of course. This third album is one of those where reading the title is almost enough to know what’s in store. There’s the joyful, driving side of pop, with the rhythmic energy and the singer’s full voice, mixed with a surly, almost aggressive guitar. But the band’s characteristic hint of melancholy is still there, and they deliver 35 heady minutes of live experience.