Metric is one the year’s most talked about bands and this spring the Canadian four-piece is coming Down Under.
Their catchy tunes infused with dancefloor pop and electro have caught the ears of many around the world and they have a cult following in the alternative GLBT music scene.
“It’s interesting to realise that we seem to represent for people who felt alienated or felt they have bigger questions that aren’t getting answered or they are not satisfied with what’s supposed to be success or happiness but whatever reason Metric comes through to them in those times as a soundtrack. For me, that’s the point of music,” Metric frontwoman Emily Haines said.
It’s their fourth album, Fantasies, which has scored them a spot on the world festival scene. The band will play at this year’s Parklife and will also front a live show at The Metro on Wednesday, September 30.
“Festivals are interesting because they allow people to see more music and bands they previously never heard of,” Haines said.
“I know Parklife was traditionally a electronic music festival but that’s cool with us because we’ve been rocking dancefloors for a while now — I think I’m becoming an indie dancefloor diva.”
They may be new to Australia but Metric have had two platinum albums back home in Canada and their songs have appeared on top-rating television shows such as Grey’s Anatomy and CSI.
While their music rides on the new indie pop wave, Haines said there was no real concept behind Fantasies — the album was left to develop its own natural course.
“Every single record develops and its just like anybody else’s life and looking back on the things you learned and hopefully those things that manifest in your identity and that’s the same thing as our music — it’s a natural evolution,” Haines said.
“With the process of making a record, you can go into it with some kind of concept but often it changes along the way and when we came up with the title Fantasies, it felt like what each of the songs represented in their own way.”

info: Catch Metric at Parklife on Sunday, October 4, and their solo show at The Metro on Wednesday. September 30. For more information on the band visit www.ilovemetric.com.

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