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Metric are a band with an eclectic, adventurous outlook, whose music encompasses elements of synth pop, new wave, dance-rock, and electronica and whose hometown has vacillated between Toronto, Montreal, New York, Los Angeles, and London over the course of the group's existence. Metric's story began in 1998, when vocalist/keyboardist Emily Haines met guitarist James Shaw in Toronto, Canada. Although born in New Delhi, Haines -- the daughter of Paul Haines, a Canadian-American poet best known for his collaboration with jazz artist Carla Bley -- had moved to town by the age of three. While studying at the Etobicoke School of the Arts, a high school for aspiring artists in Toronto, she met fellow students Amy Millan and Kevin Drew, future members of Stars and Broken Social Scene. After attending university in Vancouver and Montreal, she returned to Toronto in 1997 and eventually crossed paths with the British-born Shaw, who'd relocated to Toronto following three years of study at the Juilliard School of Music in New York City. Haines and Shaw discovered they were musically simpatico and began writing songs together.

During a sojourn in Montreal, Haines and Shaw began recording demos of the material that would become Metric's debut EP, Mainstream. After its release in 1998, the two relocated to Brooklyn, New York, and collaborated occasionally with Torquil Campbell and Chris Seligman of the group Stars, which later included Amy Millan. After cutting more demos using synths and a drum machine, they were scouted by representatives of a major music publisher who flew them to London to work with producer Stephen Hague. Haines and Shaw combined the London-recorded tracks with material they cut in Brooklyn, and the results formed Metric's first full-length album, Grow Up and Blow Away. In 2000, Metric returned to the United States to sign a deal with Restless Records, but shortly before the album was scheduled for release in 2001, Restless was bought out by Rykodisc, and under the new ownership the Metric album went onto the back burner. Around this time, Haines and Shaw met drummer Joules Scott-Key, a Michigan native who'd relocated to Brooklyn after attending a music school in Texas. Scott-Key was soon invited to join Metric, as was bassist Joshua Winstead, who had attended the same Texas school.

Metric's members moved to Los Angeles while trying to sort out their deal with Restless, with Haines and Shaw returning to Toronto for a spell to work with their old friends Amy Millan and Kevin Drew in the group Broken Social Scene. Once they reconvened in L.A. and began working with their new rhythm section, Metric decided that the pop-oriented, electronic sound of Grow Up and Blow Away was no longer representative of their music. Metric subsequently parted ways with Restless and took the masters for Grow Up with them. In the fall of 2003, the Canadian independent label Everloving Records (later re-baptized Everloving) released Metric's second "debut" album, Old World Underground, Where Are You Now? The album, which was also picked up by Last Gang Records, became a major critical and commercial success, especially in the band's native Canada. It was followed in 2005 by Live It Out, another successful release, and the group embarked on a lengthy international tour before taking a hiatus.

During the break, Haines went on an extended vacation in Argentina and made guest appearances on albums by the Stills and Jason Collett, in addition to releasing two records with her solo project Emily Haines & the Soft Skeleton. Scott-Key and Winstead moved to Oakland, California, and formed the band Bang Lime. Shaw headed back to Toronto and opened a recording facility, Giant Studio. A revised edition of Grow Up and Blow Away received a belated release in 2007, and Metric regrouped one year later, after Haines decided she'd had enough of the downbeat music she'd composed with the Soft Skeleton. Now based in Toronto once again, the group began working on a new album, Fantasies, which was self-released internationally in April 2009 following a drawn-out negotiation with Last Gang Records, who agreed to release the band from its roster. Fantasies became the group's most successful album to date, selling 250,000 albums in less than a year, going platinum in Canada, and spawning a Top 20 single on the American rock charts without the benefit of a label. The album's success led to them winning 2010 Juno Awards for Band of the Year and Alternative Album of the Year.

They also made a splash in the world of cinema, scoring a prime spot on the Grammy-nominated soundtrack to The Twilight Saga: Eclipse with the theme song "Eclipse (All Yours)" and contributing a song (the unreleased track "Black Sheep") to Scott Pilgrim vs. the World. Pilgrim creator Bryan Lee O'Malley actually took inspiration from Haines and Metric when creating the character Envy Adams in the books; in the film she and her band the Clash at Demonhead (with actress Brie Larson singing over the original backing track) play "Black Sheep." In 2011, the band teamed with Academy Award-winning film composer Howard Shore on the soundtrack for David Cronenberg's adaptation of the Don DeLillo novel Cosmopolis. The movie premiered at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival, right around the time the group's fifth album, Synthetica, was released on the Mom & Pop Music label. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi
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Love this freaking Song!!!!!!!!
Like the Yeah, Yeah, Yeahs better. Karen O's voice is so much more penetrating. Love her on the Led Zepplin Immigrant song remake by Reznor for the American version of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Awesome video!
Help I'm alive, is a great tune. getting into this band!
hydrology81
Why is this not the opening theme music for Walking Dead?
On 'Help I'm Alive' they give off a lot of Yeah Yeah Yeahs vibes.
Love the energy. Gold Guns Girls...moti v a t i o n a l . Lol
Great band
Follow For A Follow? ♥
Don't read this because it actual works. You will be kissed in the nearest possible Friday by he love of you life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life.however if you don't post this you will die in two days.now you've started reading this so don't stop. This is so scary put thus on 5 songs in 143 minutes when done press f6 and your lovers name will appear on the screen in big letters this is so scary because it works.
Metric is my favorite band
Get more metric on this station dammit. They have tons of songs, take your pick Pandora!
PLAY MORE FROM METRIC. NOT THE SAME 2.
I haven't heard a Metric song on the Metric station in weeks. What is going on Pandora?
Metric hasn't been on my station for a long time now...it's irritating me.
if you like metric, you will love my band called, her poop tastes yummy!
protagonist6
Where's Metric? Get with it, Pandora.
vosper0
I too have noticed the absence of Metric on my Station.
Why won't metric play more on my station. I'm T Oed!
rob02556
we'll get to real good stuff soon
229250052
love metric!
Cool!
lesjim94
Love Metric! Amazing Band!
I LOVE METRIC LIKE THEM PPL THEY IS SOOOO AWESOME OK?!DEAL?!YE A OK YEP YUP IM CEREAL THEY IS AWESOME LIKE YEA !!!!! :):):):):):) : ) : ) : )
Milwaukee Turner Hall Concert was the best concert of my life. I still remember every minute of it. Love you guys!!!
I saw them in concert when I went to Paramore!!!! It was awesome PS
Her voice looks like the vocalist of the joy formidable
I love tis song.... my parents are going to eat me alive if I stumble
A very 'interesting ' group
Miss representati o n . Totally Miss Representati o n
I love this song <3
Love metric more than I xan actually describe. :3
shes ok
Reminded me of The Breeders
Im gonna see Metric with Paramore!! <3
This is one of my fav songs
Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Metric are amazing...
v_montejo
I love this band
hot voice.
I don't like this kind music but I actually like it good job
this song is rockin.
lik this song
Discovered this band recently and love their sound. Kind of like Pretenders meets electronica meets punk. Acquiring all albums1
vamp2771
Love Metric! Awesome group!
Argentina! my home country. Emily knows where to vacation
This freaked me out this isn't fake apparently if u copy and paste this in the next ten min on ten comments you will have the best day of your life tomorrow I will either be kissed or asked out if I break this chain you will see dead little girl in your room tonight in the next 53 minutes someone will say I love you or IM sorry
justandliza
ont read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post this you will die in 2 days. Now you've started reading so don't stop. This is so scary put this on atleast 5 songs in 143 minutes when done press f6 and your lover's name will appear on the screen in big letters this is so scary because it actually works!
dont read this because it actually works. You will get kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of your life. tomorrow will be the best day of your life. however if you do not post this comment to at least 3 songs you will die in 2 days. now you've started reading this so don't stop. this is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in at least 143 minutes when if done press f6 and your lovers name will appear on the screen in big letters this is scary cause it actually works 29 days ag do
gives me lift!
daftmau5city
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life
I'm in love with Emily Haines OMFG
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