Just a little something to entice you before tomorrow night's weekly installment of East Village Radio's Belly of the Beast (8-10pm ET). Earlier this week, I had the most sincere and distinct pleasure of talking with Emily Haines, she of Metric, Broken Social Scene and solo material fame. Long a fan of her work, this was a dream encoutner that still has a beastly permagrin plastered on my face.
Head here beginning at 8pm ET to hear the exclusive interview, in which we chat about what the band is planning in terms of new music, creative processes and how a solo excursion to South America influenced and affected the singer. I may have also "fan-girled" out a bit and disclosed how nervous and sweaty I was in speaking with Haines.
"This" being director Christopher Mills' (Secret Machines, Modest Mouse, Howie Day, etc...) latest video in which he takes Collect Call, from Metric's latest album Fantasies, and uses the cut to score his current short film of the same name. Follow a girl in a casket to a dream state and beyond. Let's get emotional.
Metric plays for free at Prospect Park tomorrow. Go, because I can't. link
Penguin Prison, Gobble Gobble, Elite Gymnastics, Gold Zebra, and Computer Magic play Glasslands on September 12. link
Today's obsession comes courtesy of Sydney's The Gripp. Taking the hot as all hell track, New People in Town, from Italy's Amari, this new producer swooped right into a beastly opening in my heart. This goes on repeat. All day long. Oh...you can grab it for free below too.
In a twisted world of Oz (kind of), Metric's new video goes all "lions, and tigers, and bears, and Canadians, oh my!" Ha...I make myself laugh sometimes. What is super not-laughable yet extremely rad to the max, however, is the band's new new new video for Stadium Love. Let's get wild.
In a note from the foursome, they hint at who their new co-stars in the clip are, but if you know the lyrics of the song, then you can guess who they've enlisted to feature. Read on.
Recently we had the pleasure of making a video for our song Stadium Love with some new wild friends.
As one of the sentiments expressed in the song is man's disregard for the natural world around us, we were concerned with how the animals we would be working with would be treated. Rest assured, not only were these animals treated with love, respect and tenderness, they were the stars. The word divas comes to mind. It was perfect, we worked on their schedule and pace.
Needless to say, you will see what an amazing experience it was for us to be this up close and personal with these stunningly powerful Hollywood stars. Yes it is truly very close.
If the 2000's can be characterized by one band's formation and rise from underground darlings to stadium filler worthy contenders, then give Metric the prize. Now, sure that might be my own beastly opinion, but having released four successful albums in the past nine years, touring worldwide, and given last night's encouraging and energetic romp through a sold-out Terminal 5, then I'll know I'm not alone in the sentiment.
Drawing heavily from their 2009 album, Fantasies, the Canadian four-some entered the stage to the opening beats of Twilight Galaxy, after an opening set by Bear in Heaven. Generally known as one of the softer cuts from the release, the band decided to amp up their live rendition of the song, by tossing in an extended instrumental break and throttling drum sequences, leading front-woman Emily Haines to thrash behind her keys.
Jumping from one end of the stage to the next, from behind the keys to the end of the risers, Haines led her mates through a quick and efficient set....choosing to go from one song to the next with little to no banter in between. These are the kinds of performances I love to see: a dedicated focus on the music that does not let an audience lull in between...there's no room to be left disappointed or bored, and I commend Metric for their flourish of radness.
Save for Blindness, the entire span of their latest offering was on display, a feat I'm proud to have witnessed since after having seen them perform many times, this was the first I'd had to witness the newer material. Choosing to save the proverbial fan favorites until the next to last song (Dead Disco) and the 2-song encore of Monster Love and an acoustic run through Combat Baby, Haines, Shaw, Scott-Key and Winstead wowed the crowd when, during an extended version of Empty, the flaxen-haired singer began singing the lyrics of Beastie Boys' Fight For Your Right over the instrumentation.
Fight on and win they did.
Full set of images from the show can be found here. Video of Gold Guns Girls is below select shots and the set list. Images from Bear in Heaven's opening set can be viewed here.
Twilight Galaxy Satellite Mind Front Row Help I’m Alive Empty // Fight For Your Right (to Party) Collect Call Gold Guns Girls Gimme Sympathy Sick Muse Dead Disco Stadium Love
Late last month, Metric released Gold Guns Girls as their current UK single. Coming off their stellar 2009 album, Fantasies, the track was backed with the B-side of the Adam Freeland's remix of Sick Muse. (buy the single here) Long awaited visuals for the title track of this latest effort are now upon us too. Let's get it on!
Produced by the band, along with Eady Brothers, Metric's latest foray into music video world goes all black and white with a frenetic run through snow-riddled streets. The contrasting visuals pair neatly with the lightning charges that the Canadian four-piece have molded on the song. Emily Haines’ seductive and distinguished vocals on the track, as accompanied by James Shaw’s explosive guitar riffs, create a perfect hook-driven one-two punch.
Metric are playing Terminal 5 this Sunday, May 16, with opener, Bear in Heaven. The show is sold out, so go toss a wish on the Craigslist if you want to get in to the show.
Possibly sparked by sharing a bill in Austin during SXSW, stadium rockers, Muse, and indie champions, Metric, join forces for an October-November tour through North America. Each act is currently on their own headlining tours, and will hit the road this fall for a 9-stop tour together. Passion Pit will also jump on board with the English trio for a handful of dates.
The tour begins in Quebec City on October 21 and rounds out in Cincinnati on November 6. As has been customary over the past few years, the bands, primarily Metric, have selected cities just outside of the mainstream metropolitan venues. Thankfully, we get the Canadian troupe here on May 16 at Terminal 5. Tickets are still available here.
All dates for the Muse/Metric bills are below. Tickets and more info here.
Oct 21 - Quebec City, QC - Pepsi Coliseum Oct 23 - Uniondale, NY - Nassau Coliseum Oct 24 - Newark, NJ - Prudential Center Oct 26 - Raleigh, NC - RBC Center Oct 27 - Charlottesville, VA - John Paul Jones Arena Nov 2 - Kansas City, MO - Sprint Center Nov 3 - St. Louis, MO - Scottrade Center Nov 5 - Columbus, OH - Value City Arena Nov 6 - Cincinnati, OH - US Bank Arena
Metric have just announced new US tour dates and thankfully, one of our favorite Canadian imports are finally swinging through New York City for a proper live performance. Still touring in support of 2009's spectacular album Fantasies, the band has added four shows to their trek of the States.
Coming off a string of shows down in Austin for SXSW, including sharing a bill with Muse over at Stubb's, Metric keep powering on through their tour of the territories. The band also has revealed that they're heading back to Montreal this summer for Osheaga. They'll be taking the stage on Sunday, August 1 (stay tuned for set time). Early bird passes are available now - check out the details here.
Check out the SPIN/Pepsi Refresh Challenge also, where Metric goes head-to-head with Broken Social Scene for a $100k grant to work with the Women's Funding Network, whose goal is to help eradicate the exploitation of women in America.
Now for those all important new US dates. See below. (link to purchase here)
May 16 -- New York City (Terminal 5) May 18 -- Columbus (Newport Music Hall) May 19 -- Cleveland (House Of Blues) May 20 -- Chicago (Vic Theater)