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Classic purveyors of female-fronted stadium-rock @metric, release their empowering and electric fifth studio album ‘Synthetica’

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METRIC is Emily Haines, Jimmy Shaw, Joshua Winstead and Joules Scott Key; a Canadian indie-rock band whose work just keeps getting better and better. Formed in 1998, the platinum-selling four-piece are about to release their fifth studio album, ‘Synthetica’ and have made the album available to stream via their Soundcloud page. The album is officially released in the UK on June 25th, 2012.


Following the wonder that was 2009’s ‘Fantasies’ was never going to be an easy task, but Metric took to the challenge with their usual infinite ambition and obvious passion for the craft. In a letter posted on the band’s official website, lead singer Haines said that:

Synthetica is about staying home and wanting to crawl out of your skin from the lack of external stimulation…about forcing yourself to confront what you see in the mirror when you finally stand still long enough to catch a reflection…about being able to identify the original in a long line of reproductions. It’s about what is real vs what is artificial.

I have previously described Metric as being classic purveyors of stadium-rock; producing tracks that you imagine filling stadiums and reverberating across cities, tracks that draw emotion and feeling from a place that you didn’t even realise existed. For me, the band’s clear USP is the vocal talents of Haines. I’ve always considered a female lead singer to be much more empowering and visually exciting when it comes to indie-rock…a statement which I concur could be as much about infrequency/supply and demand as it could personal preference, when it comes to females of the genre. An infrequency which makes Haines all the more significant and treasured.


The band will shortly be embarking on a mini tour of the UK, taking in dates at London’s Shepherd’s Bush Empire (July 2nd, 2012), HMV Ritz Manchester (July 7th, 2012) and Oxford’s O2 Academy (July 8th, 2012).

‘Synthetica’ can be streamed at the following link: I highly recommend ‘Artificial Nocturne’, ‘Clone’ and ‘Breathing Underwater’, though I would challenge anyone to find a poor track amongst the eleven.

shelleyhanveywriter 🙂


Written by shelleyhanveywriter

June 6, 2012 at 2:51 pm

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