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Currently based out of Toronto, indietronic act Metric actually formed in Brooklyn in 1998. Vocalist Emily Haines and guitarist James Shaw met in a Toronto club after attending a concert by mutual friends and discovering they both hated the show. Their musical bonds established, the two mixed a few of their own songs together, creating what would become The MainstreamEP, a collection of demos. Upon moving to Brooklyn, they dubbed their project Metric after a sequence that Shaw played on his keyboard. A record deal (and the desire to escape their NYC hovel) then lead them to London. Yet in 2001 their first full-length, Grow Up and Blow Away, wasn't released due to legal conflicts. Returning to New York, they met drummer Joules Scott-Key (a Texan) and became a trio. However, it took two years before Metric put out their proper debut Old World Underground, Where Are You Now?, a disc full of new wave nods and punk-funk electronics. In 2005, the group released Live It Out, a record focused more on guitars than drum machines. The disc was so well-received it scored Metric a slot opening for the Rolling Stones, an experience they now call "surreal."

Metric Concert Films

  • Live at Metropolis


    Year: 2005

    Runtime: 58 min

    Watch the Canadian synth-rock superstars in action at a Fall 2006 Montreal stop on their Live It Out tour, and also includes the videos for Live It Out's 3 singles.
    Four-piece Canadian rock band Metric is captured playing a date on their 2006 tour with this recording. The stop-off was at the Metropolis club in Montreal on the "Live It Out" tour, and features the band delivering their inimitable brand of synth-based rock over a 13-song performance.

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