Metric, Canada's ambitious synth-rock five-piece, have been perfecting their soothing synth melodies coupled with intense and driving rhythms since their inception in 1998. Formed by Emily Haines, James Shaw and Joules Scott-Key, Metric have steadily become a quintessential piece of the Canadian music scene.
The early days of Metric saw them experimenting and expanding the electronic, alternative rock sound they were presenting. Sparks of this style can be seen in their first two albums, "Old World Underground, Where Are You Now" (2003) and "Live It Out" (2006). The works of these albums brought many Metric fans' attention, and since then, no Metric album has failed to disappoint their enthusiastic listeners.
From their many albums, Metric have attracted appreciators from fans of alternative rock, from the post-punk sounds of the Talk Talk to the heavy, driving riffs of Depeche Mode. With five studio albums, two live albums, and three EPs, Metric have amassed an impressive collection of music, collaborations and live performances, many of which have become fan favorites. "Gimme Sympathy" and "Help I'm Alive" are two stand-out songs that have graced several charts and earned them an abundance of praise.
The band's evolution of sound can be heard across their whole discography, a result of Haines and Shaw's different musical backgrounds. With just a few of their albums, they have successfully blended electronic music with synthpop, as well as incorporating drum machines in their music.
In recent years, Metric has collaborated with renowned producers such as John Congleton and Justin Meldal-Johnsen. These collaborations have resulted in some of the band's most popular tracks, including "IOU" and "The Shade".
Metric have also had some success in hip-hop, such as with their collaboration with Toronto-based rapper Drake. They worked together with Drake on his song "Take Care" in 2011, and the track soon became a fan favorite. Other artists that Mertric has worked with include the likes of Death Cab for Cutie, Tegan and Sara, and Phantogram.
Renowned for their electric live performances, Metric continues to be one of Canada's best-loved synth-rock bands. Having toured with renowned acts such as Arcade Fire and The Strokes, Metric's influence on the Canadian indie scene is undeniable.
If you're looking to experience the electric sound of one of Canada's most influential acts, make sure to keep an eye out for Metric on tour. While live shows may be off the cards for now, you can stay up to date with the latest music and tour dates on their band website. With an ever-evolving line-up and driving synth-inspired soundscapes, Metric remain one of Canada's most intriguing synth-rock acts.
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