job interview | Metrics way out of the crisis

The pandemic has been tough on Metric and its singer, Emily Haines. After completing his longest career tour of 2018-2019 in support of the album art of doubtit all stopped for the Toronto group.

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Pierre Marc Durivage

Pierre Marc Durivage
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” Are you serious ? Emily Haines answers us without filter when we ask her if the pandemic has been difficult for her.

She wasn’t one of those musicians who used the lockdown to work on individual projects or realize ideas that had been sidelined for too long. “I understand some have found a way to take advantage of this, but I’ve lost loved ones to COVID,” the 48-year-old musician explained. It’s still an upside down world for musicians. But we tried to make the best of it, so we wanted our music to be what we want to hear after a crisis. But others are already appearing. We truly live in unstable and unpredictable times…”

Being on the road again with his band is good for him, especially since the last album, Formenterawas first recorded in the absence of fellow Americans Joshua Winstead and Joules Scott-Key, the bassist and drummer who couldn’t cross the line.

“James [Shaw] and I did the full demo of the album before I could play the tracks with Joshua and Joules,” Emily Haines tells us. Under these circumstances, the Metric creative duo decided to create a free zone by relocating their Toronto studio to a church purchased in rural Ontario. So if the beginning of the album starts with tracks like e.g doom scroller and Everything collapsesthe theme is brightened up over the following songs.

“I hope the record helps people understand what’s going on, because we’re all coming out of this crisis a bit disturbed,” believes the Canadian-American artist. We’re learning to deal with it, so we see the album as an oasis for the mind to better accept what we can’t control. »

Unexpected success

Musically we recognize the Metric signature, with a return to the foreground of the keyboards, at least by comparison art of doubtcertainly the rockiest album by the quartet, which was founded more than 20 years ago.

“Jimmy and I all play instruments, so it’s fun to see people wondering about the presence of keyboards versus guitars,” Emily Haines tells us with a laugh. We even did a little internal poll to find out people’s reactions, because for us Formentera is more balanced. A bit like their first albums, Old World underground and live it outlaunched in 2003 and 2006.

We never think about taking inspiration from the past because we like to take risks. But I admit that I felt a certain connection to our first album, 20 years suddenly seems like the blink of an eye! However, we also aimed for the higher level Formenteraespecially with doom scrollerwhich takes more than 10 minutes.

Emily Haines

Emily Haines points out that while she’s excited about the album’s success – the song – it was never created with the aim of appealing to the masses Everything collapses stayed at the top of the Canadian rock chart for five weeks and reached #1 on Sirius XM’s Alt Nation channel. “There’s something going on, the singer recognizes. But we’ve always made music that resembles us. What we want is for it to resonate with the right people. For my part I have never tried to multiply knowledge, I rather want meaningful relationships; the same applies to the group. »

Montreal is just one of those significant relationships for Metric and Emily Haines, the singer studied at Concordia University from 1995-1996. “Montreal has contributed to my development as a person. Those years allowed me to know who I really was. It’s like going back in time when I come back here. So I’m really looking forward to being in Montreal. »

The audience present at the MTelus this Monday will be able to give it back to him, there is no doubt about that for a moment.





Metric Music International

Metric will be at MTelus this Monday at 8pm, with Bartees Strange opening.

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