ARTIST TO WATCH: Metric
Drake and The Weeknd aren’t
the only gems the Canadian city of Toronto has to offer to the
musical zeitgeist. This time, though, instead of an
emotionally-driven rapper or a cryptically smooth indie R&B
singer, this act comes in the form of new-wave, alt-rock bandMetric, who are finally starting to make
mainstream waves after being around in the industry for nearly 15
Formed in 1998, and having been known by other names like Haines & Shaw and Mainstream, Metric consists of original members Emily Haines and James Shaw and their friends/band add-ons Joshua Winstead andJoules Scott-Key.
Often described and praised for their “innovative approach on the music industry”, Metric also has roots in Brooklyn, New York, where they moved to start making a name for themselves outside of their native Canada.
To tons of acclaim, they have released 5 albums, many of them having been independently released, and are the recipients of a couple of Juno Awards, the Canadian equivalent to the Grammys. Big recognition for a band still on the up-and-up.
Their most celebrated album to date is the 2009 release Fantasies, which spawned the singles “Sick Muse”, “Gimme Sympathy”, and “Help I’m Alive”.
year’s Synthetica contained some really great tracks
as well, the likes of which including “Youth Without
Youth”, “Breathing Underwater” (which was
featured on the hit TV show "The Vampire Diaries"), and “The
Wanderlust”, featuring the late and great Lou
If you likeTegan and Sara and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs (whom they shared a loft with when they lived in New York), then there is surely a place in your music library for Metric.
(Photo via Brian To/WENN)
- Raffy Ermac, YH Staff