When Metric made their debut on the United States music circuit with the single "Combat Baby" in 2004, the band probably didn't know how ravenously they'd be greeted. Now they've become one of the biggest musical exports out of Canada, and they're primed to become an international hit.
They've been platinum and gold selling in Canada for years, but last record Fantasies was the one which finally charted stateside. With Synthetica, things are expected to be even more promising. Emily Haines retreated to explore an even darker side of lyricism, one which finds roots in the world's increasing loneliness and out-of-touch humanity.
It's heavy subject matter written on overworked nights in New York City according to Haines, but the band has created their most bombastic instrumentation yet to represent this frustration.
In a special UBS Forum session, Metric's Emily Haines and James Shaw played new material from Synthetica as well as older hits in a stripped-down set-up.
Songs performed: "Synthetica," "Help, I'm Alive," "Breathing Underwater," "What A Pretty Color (Benji Hughes cover)," "Youth Without Youth" and "Gimme Sympathy"
- Metric performs in The Current studios After a four-year stint working on solo records and side-projects, the Toronto- and Brooklyn-based band Metric has finally released their fourth album "Fantasies" and first since 2005's "Live It Out."
- Slideshow: Metric performs in the UBS Forum Enjoy this slideshow of Metric performing in the UBS Forum. We'll air the full session Tuesday, June 12 at 5 p.m.