Metric’s Emily Haines on her group’s organic growth


Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past 20 years, you’ve probably heard of the captivating, heart-pounding sounds of Toronto’s first indie-rock band, Metric. Whether it’s their deep and mysterious pop album from early 2005 live it or the famous single “Black Sheep” presented in Scott Pilgrim vs the world or even their last album Formentera and its creepy, genre-defying sounds. Regardless of how you know them, the fact is, you have to know them. With eight albums and counting, it’s clear that Metric has no intention of slowing down; in fact, it’s just the beginning of a long, mind-blowing musical legacy.

“That’s all we ever wanted to do. Our whole operation is just about making music and connecting with people.

Metric’s eighth and final album Formentera, is a heavy, dark lament of the past two years. Vocalist Emily Haines lyrically sheds all sugar-coated veneer in her unabashed truths of our dystopian, modern world. Opening with a transcendent 10.5-minute electronica nocturne, aptly named “Doomscroller,” it gives way to a sonic summary of what we’ve all felt (at least once) in 2020: “Was it a Act of God or accident? Haines also layers interludes of deeper and uncovered societal controversies: “The salt of the earth underpaid to serve you / The scum of the earth overpaid to rob you.

It’s clear that, for the members of Metric, creating music has always been their goal, immersed in a world of sound, it seems that nothing else matters most. “That’s all we ever wanted to do. Our whole operation is just about making music and connecting with people, Haines said. Even on tour confined to a bus for 10-12 hours, the cogs of Metric are constantly spinning, creating and producing. “It’s actually still quite engaged: every day…we show up in a new city [where] there are people to meet and things to do. Whether it’s trying out new arrangements, bringing in a new song, or exploring any place we can,” says Haines. For these leading artists, there is always something more to give or to work on. There’s not a lot of time to think, like ‘Hey, what should I do with myself’, honestly I feel that more when I’m off the road,” adds Haines.

Created organically, Metric’s small beginnings led to greatness, thanks to all their hard work. Owning their own label and recording studio allows Metric to make its own decisions. “There was never a massive marketing machine to sell us to anybody, you know? The music speaks for itself, of course, it’s a different and longer path than having the machines of a big global company behind you. But, it led to a very beautiful thing that we really appreciate,” says Haines. This approach allows Metric to adapt, modify or modify its musical style as it wishes, without the stranglehold of the record companies.

“There was never a massive marketing machine to sell us to anybody, you know?”

However, it’s not just their debut that gives Metric their organic growth, but also their relationships. From the opening for the rolling stones for two nights at Madison Square to board with Smash pumpkins on their “Oh So Shiny and Bright” tour and also bringing openers like Spoon and Interpol, “It’s a pleasure to bring out and open up for the people we really love and admire,” Haines says. Metric keeps an open mind when it comes to openings and openings, acknowledging musicians who support other musicians. Haines adds, “I like the camaraderie when you play with other bands.

From Metric’s small beginnings in 2001 in venues large enough for 50 people, to the tremendous growth the band has experienced over the years, one thing has remained constant: their undying love and passion for creating and sharing their music with anyone who wants to listen. You can catch them this Friday, October 14 at The Depot, and you can hear their latest album, Formenterawith its lush harmonies and poignant lyrics.

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