Metric / LIVE + Ticket Giveaway

Metric / Stage AE / 09.18.2012 / Doors 7:00 / $30

Words by Brendan

“They were right when they said we should never meet our heroes”

Emily Haines opines this line during “Breathing Underwater” on Metric‘s newest LP, Synthetica. I’m inclined to disagree. Who wouldn’t want to meet their heroes? In particular, who wouldn’t want to meet Metric? Well, we can’t promise you that opportunity. What we can do is promise you the opportunity of winning two FREE TICKETS to see Metric at Stage AE next Tuesday! Read on for a bit more about the band and how to enter the contest. While you’re at it, stream the new album in its entirety right here:


Metric have been releasing awesome new wave rock pop albums since the early 00s, but it was 2009′s Fantasies that really broke them into the mainstream. That album won a Juno Award for both Alternative Album and Group of the year, and deservedly, I daresay. Front to back, the album is full of catchy songs with ear-worming synthesizer melodies, Haines’ intoxicating vocals, and repeatable and powerful lyrics. I thought there was no way the could top it. And then Synthetica came out. My expectations were shattered.

This is in my top three albums of this year, for sure. It’s as impressive—top to bottom—as Fantasies, but it has a certain je ne sais quoi. The music is decidedly Metric but sounds totally fresh, and the lyrics are just hitting my brain perfectly, somehow, and drawing me in. This is how Haines described the album:

[Synthetica is] about forcing yourself to confront what you see in the mirror when you finally stand still long enough to catch a reflection. Synthetica is about being able to identify the original in a long line of reproductions. It’s about what is real vs what is artificial.

Cool. Now I’m going to look for that as I listen to the album. And hey, you know what else this album has? Fucking LOU REED. They put his guest track all the way at #10 on the album, and have him sing back-up vocals, which sounds like they give him short-shrift but, in all honesty, it really, really works and somehow perfectly utilizes his voice. Kudos, Metric.

Metric / “Youth Without Youth” / Synthetica / dir. Justin Broadbent

So, yeah, let’s get down to brass tacks. Here’s how you can enter the giveaway: leave a note on our Facebook wall (like us first or it won’t count!), @ us on Twitter (with the hashtag #MetricPgh, and follow us first!), or send me an email to enter the contest! Just say “Metric is in my Fantasies!” or “I have Nothing But Time to see Metric!” or the like. It really doesn’t matter. We’ll pick a winner (at random) on Friday 09.14 and let you know who the lucky guy/gal is! You’ll be able to pick up your tickets at the box office on the day of the show. Best of luck and see yinz there!


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