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Here’s a band I’ve been meaning to blog about.  They are great.  One of my favorite.

“Metric” is a Canadian new wave band that was founded in 1998 in Toronto.  The band has moved around and has been based in Montreal, London, New York City and Los Angeles.  The band is made up of Emily Haines (lead vocals, synthesizers, guitar, tambourine, harmonica, piano), James Shaw (guitar, synthesizers, theremine, backing vocals), Joshua Winstead (bass, synthesizer, backing vocals), and Joules Scott-Key (drums, percussion).

The band started out as a duo formed by Haines and Shaw.  The duo was originally named “Mainstream.”  After releasing an EP titled “Mainstream EP,” they changed the bands name to “Metric,” after a sound that was programmed by Shaw on his keyboard in 1998.  In 2001, Winstead and Scott-Key joined them.”

“Metric” has released five studio albums so far: “Old World Underground, Where Are You Now” (2003), “Live It Out” (2005), “Grow Up and Blow Away” (2007), “Fantasies” (2009) and “Synthetica” (2012).

“Metric” has also released one soundtrack album “Cosmopolis” (2012); seven EP’s: “Mainstream EP” (1998), “Static Anonymity EP” (2001), “Live At Metropolis EP” (2007), “Plug In Plug Out” (2009), “Spotify Acoustic EP” (2010), “Spotify Covers EP” (2010), “Itunes Session” (2011), one live DVD: Live At Metropolis” (2008); plus a string of singles.

The band’s first official studio album, “Old World Underground, Where Are You Now?,” was released on September 2, 2003.  It was followed by “Live It Out” which was released on October 4, 2005.  The album was nominated for the 2006 Polaris Music Prize for the “Canadian Album of the Year” and for the 2006 Juno Awards for “Best Alternative Album.”

The third studio album “Grow Up and Blow Away,” was recorded in 2001and it was initially planned as their debut album.  The album was delayed for many years and was finally released on June 26, 2007, with some changes in track list.  Some of the songs were also slightly reworked.

“Metric’s” fourth album “Fantasies,” was released in April 7, 2009.  It was shortlisted for the 2009 Polaris Music Prize for “Canadian Album of the Year,” and won the “Alternative album of the Year” at the 2010 Juno Awards.  They also won 2010’s “Group of the Year” award.  “Fantasises” was also the band most successful album so far.

The fifth studio album “Synthetica” was released on June 12, 2012.  The band won two awards at the 2013 Juno Awards: “Alternative Album of the Year” for “Synthetica” and “Producer of the Year” for James Shaw.  Their art director/designer/photographer Justin Broadbent also won an award for “Recording Package of the Year” for “Synthetica.”

“Metric’s” musical style has been described as indie rock and alternative rock with elements of new wave, post-punk revival, synthpop and dance-rock.  They also heavily use synthesizers throughout most of their songs.  Their sound evolved from the mellow/downtempo style of their early EPs and their “Grow Up and Blow Away” album, to the new wave style of “Old World Underground, Where Are You Now?,” and “Live It Out,” to the accessible indie rock of “Fantasies,” to the more electronic sound of “Synthetica.”

In an August 2013 interview, Haines explained the bands evolution up until “Synthetica.”

“It’s an interesting thing about this band.  You know, we’re five records in but we always feel like were curating a larger body of work.  When your doing the preliminary rehearsals, it really how the new songs are going to fit with who you were before – with every stage of your progress as a person and a musician.  And they fit right in.  They pick up where other themes left off.”

The band has been around for a while now but they have a huge amount of great songs and I personally think that almost all of their albums are amazing.  You can tell that the band has enjoyed experimenting with their sound as you listen from album to album.  Below I’ll leave some of their biggest hits so you can get a feel for how the band sounds.

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