Metric is revealing their new video for “The Shade.” A MuchFACT funded video, it is the lead track, a #1 reaching Alternative Radio single in Canada and is taken from their forthcoming new album Pagans in Vegas.
“We live in a world inundated with imagery,” notes Emily Haines. “Pictures, videos and graphics permeate our consciousness all hours of the day. That’s what we wanted to capture in The Shade. Humanity and nature caught in patterns and loops of beauty, destruction and decay. When I say “I want it all”, this is what I’m talking about. Look at the world around you. Don’t shy away from what you see, even if it’s ugly. Own up to yourself and be prepared to be thrown your share of shade.”
The band just completed a full summer of dates as Imagine Dragons’ special guests and will continue to play several U.S.festivals throughout September including Life Is Beautiful, Made in America and Music Midtown before heading out for a full European tour in October. Headline Canadian dates are expected for early 2016.
Pagans in Vegas is set for release on September 18 via MMI and is available now for pre-order on iTunes with an instant download of album tracks “Cascades,” “The Shade” and “Too Bad, So Sad.” Physical and digital pre-order packages are available on the band’s website including a variety of exclusive, autographed items and 2 bonus tracks. The limited edition EP, The Shade, includes “Cascades” alongside first single “The Shade,” additional album track “Too Bad, So Sad” and exclusive bonus track “Office Towers Escalate.”
Metric also recently launched The Pagan Portal, a free app featuring advance access to new music. The app is available for download on iOS/Apple and Android platforms here and allows fans to unlock streams of songs from the band’s upcoming album well before the music can be heard anywhere else. Users of the app may also receive occasional notifications regarding special announcements and access to perks such as pre-sale tickets, contest opportunities, discounts and more.
Pagans in Vegas will be the first of two albums that were born out of Metric’s time spent writing in 2014—guitarist/producer Jimmy Shaw at his studio in Toronto, delving into his wall of modular synthesizers, and front woman Emily Haines with acoustic instruments in Nicaragua and Spain. This period of writing yielded an unprecedented amount of material across two major musical veins and when the band realized they had composed enough music for two very different albums, they decided to let each collection of songs stand on their own. As Pagans reveals itself to be much more electronic and dance-leaning than anything in Metric’s past, the as-yet-unnamed follow-up LP promises to be quite the opposite. More details on the second release will be announced in due course.
The new album is packed with reverent references to artists who’ve inspired them, from Depeche Mode, New Order, The Cure and Underworld, all the way back to Kraftwerk. “The songs that made it onto Pagans in Vegas weren’t written with an overarching concept in mind,” says Shaw, “with this record we were making music for the joy of it…we tried to be as bold as possible. All we want is to feel like all we got didn’t cost us everything, even if we never win.”
Metric — Haines, Shaw, Joules Scott Key and Joshua Winstead — self-released their last two albums on five continents and have gone on to sell millions of records worldwide. In 2009, Metric became the first band in history to have their first ever Top 20 hit at U.S. commercial radio without the backing of a traditional label. Their most recent releases earned multiple Juno Awards including two for Album of the Year, one for Artist of the Year and Producer of the Year for Shaw, who has co-produced the band’s last two albums with Grammy nominated John O’Mahony (Coldplay, Sarah Bareilles).
Metric has seen their music featured in a number of top TV shows including: “Grey’s Anatomy,” “CSI,” “True Blood,” “Vampire Diaries,” “House” and “Girls.” They also wrote the theme song/score music for several Hollywood films including Edgar Wright’s Scott Pilgrim vs The World, David Cronenberg’s Cosmopolis and The Twilight Saga: Eclipse. Their work with acclaimed composer Howard Shore on The Twilight Saga was nominated for both a Grammy Award and an Academy Award. Metric also won a Canadian Screen Award (with Howard Shore) in 2013 for Cosmopolis.
PAGANS IN VEGAS – TRACK LIST:
Lie Lie Lie
Too Bad, So Sad
The Face Part I
The Face Part II
THE SHADE—LIMITED EDITION CASSETTE—TRACK LISTING
1. The Shade
3. Too Bad, So Sad
4. Office Towers Escalate
METRIC TOUR DATES
September 5-6—Made In America—Philadelphia, PA
September 18—Music Midtown—Atlanta, GA
September 26—Life Is Beautiful Festival —Las Vegas, NV