Metric

The Moore Theatre
1932 2nd Avenue
Seattle, WA 98101
United States

Event Description:

STG Presents Metric at The Moore Theatre on February 21, 2016.

Metric kicks off their coast-to-coast U.S. Tour on February 12 at Chicago’s House of Blues. The 2016 dates for the “I Can See The End” tour will include performances in New York, Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., Philadelphia and Boston, with supporting act Joywave. The band is partnering with Plus 1 to support 350.org, where one dollar from every ticket sold will be donated to preserve a livable planet and reduce the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere. The tour celebrates the band’s new album, Pagans in Vegas, in stores now.

The Wall Street Journal’s Speakeasy blog premiered the band’s video for “The Governess.” Watch the video below. Frontwoman Emily Haines says, “We took a different approach to making a video for “The Governess” than any other video we’ve made. Because this song is so personal to me and is one that I wrote on guitar while off on a solitary journey, I felt that the video should express the feeling of searching in isolation that I experienced at the time.”

Metric’s new album Pagans in Vegas is in stores now.

Pagans in Vegas will be the first of two albums that were born out of Metric's time spent writing in 2014 — guitarist/producer Jimmy Shaw at his studio in Toronto, delving into his wall of modular synthesizers, and front woman Emily Haines with acoustic instruments in Nicaragua and Spain. This period of writing yielded an unprecedented amount of material across two major musical veins and when the band realized they had composed enough music for two very different albums, they decided to let each collection of songs stand on their own. As Pagans reveals itself to be much more electronic and dancey than anything in Metric's past, the as-yet-unnamed follow up LP promises to be quite the opposite.

The new album is packed with reverent references to artists who’ve inspired them, from Depeche Mode, New Order, The Cure and Underworld, all the way back to Kraftwerk. “The songs that made it onto Pagans in Vegas weren’t written with an overarching concept in mind,” says Shaw, “with this record we were making music for the joy of it…we tried to be as bold as possible. All we want is to feel like all we got didn’t cost us everything, even if we never win.”

Metric—Haines, Shaw, Joules Scott Key and Joshua Winstead—self-released their last two albums on five continents and have gone on to sell millions of records worldwide. In 2009, Metric became the first band in history to have their first ever Top 20 hit at U.S. commercial radio without the backing of a traditional label. Their most recent releases earned multiple Juno Awards including two for Album of the Year, one for Artist of the Year and Producer of the Year for Shaw, who has co-produced the band’s last two albums with Grammy nominated John O’Mahony (Coldplay, Sarah Bareilles).

Metric has seen their music featured in a number of top TV shows including: “Grey’s Anatomy,” “CSI,” “True Blood,” “Vampire Diaries,” “House” and “Girls.” They also wrote the theme song/score music for several Hollywood films including Edgar Wright’s Scott Pilgrim vs The World, David Cronenberg’s Cosmopolis and The Twilight Saga: Eclipse. Their work with acclaimed composer Howard Shore on The Twilight Sagawas nominated for both a Grammy Award and an Academy Award. Metric also won a Canadian Screen Award (with Howard Shore) in 2013 for Cosmopolis.