Saturday, September 8, 2007

The "Metric" System

I first discovered Metric from a Paste Magazine music sampler. Even though they're most recent album came out in back in 2005, I am writing about them because they are going on tour, kicking off tomorrow in Toronto. They'll be in NYC on September 21st (at Webster Hall) and Minneapolis on September 26th (at First Ave). Check out the other tour dates on their site or their myspace.

Well I wouldn't call them a dance-rock band, a lot of their music is relatively upbeat. I like their sound. It's fun. Emily Haines' voice is interesting. A good rock and roll voice. For some reason their music is ever so slightly reminiscent of the 90s for me (maybe The Cardigans?), which was, in my opinion, a great rock decade. Maybe that's just my nostalgia kicking in again though...

And, as is everyone who's anyone right now in indie music, they are Canadian. In fact, a few of the members - vocalist Emily Haines and guitarist James Shaw - are also part of Broken Social Scene.

I have to say I'm a little disappointed they haven't come out with an album this year, since their three albums were released in 2001, 2003 and 2005. The next in the pattern should be 2007 right? But they all have a lot of side projects, so they're all really busy. Although, there's still a few months in 2007... Maybe (even though they're on tour...) they'll come out with something yet.

So anyway, go see them on tour! Here are some samples to get you interested:

Poster of a Boy [mp3] - Metric - "Live It Out" (iTunes)
Monster Hospital [mp3] - Metric - "Live It Out" (iTunes)
Combat Baby [mp3] - Metric - "Old World Underground, Where Are You Now?" (iTunes)
The Twist [mp3] - Metric - "Grow Up and Blow Away" (iTunes)

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2 comments:

Anonymous said...

you should check out Emily Haines' solo project, Emily Haines & The Soft Skeleton. Their 2006 album Knives Don't Have Your Back is awesome -- i'm not sure if you'll dig it though because you're into upbeat dancey music....but it's one of my favorite albums of 2006.

Gypsy Girl said...

finally a band I know! :)

hope you are well in NYC!!!!!