• Hibernation’s Over

    Hibernation’s Over

    Letter to You,

    Writing to you from Los Angeles, it is really sinking in that my hibernation is officially over. This moment arrived sooner than expected! As you may have heard, we’ll be back on tour in June with new songs to rock your faces off and make you want to dance whilst crying! You know, the usual. We weren’t planning on touring this summer but when Imagine Dragons invited us to play with them we spontaneously said hell yes sounds fun. Tickets are now on sale here. We’re excited to try out some new songs on this opening run and prepare for our own headlining tour which will happen a few months later around the release of our new album. It’s all happening really fast so we’re going to be looking to you to help us put the finishing touches on the new material this time around. Like, there’s a new song you’ll hear soon that doesn’t even have a title yet other than #songwithnoname, we’ll send you the lyrics and maybe you’ll have some ideas. Also we need to come up with a master list of your favorite tracks from the past that you want us to play when we come through your town this summer, we’ve got lots to choose from and we’ll be playing a short support set! Tweet at us (@metric) with your requests and we’ll do our best to play everybody’s favorite songs. That’s all for now, good times ahead.

    Forever,
    emily xo

  • SOMETHING FOR YOU

    December 25, 2014

    Last year at this time, we were staggering home from our last leg of touring Synthetica, and we were beyond ready for a hard won year off. “This time, it will be a REAL year off!”, we proclaimed, swearing we would not go straight into making another album as soon as we had unpacked our bags. And yet, here I am, writing this letter to you from the studio, fully immersed in fresh music and somewhat amazed that we’ve managed to keep on loving what we do for this long.

    So much has gone down this year but I’m feeling surprisingly refreshed and excited. I was really enjoying not having to care what happened next and then by accident we made something new. Meanwhile, the internal voice that constantly highlights my flaws, ignores my accomplishments and only reminds me what I can’t do seems to have worn itself out and quit. It may be time to put my heart back on my sleeve where it belongs, but that is often easier said than done.

    What the hell, I’ll start now with the song below, “The Fatal Gift.” It doesn’t really sound at all like anything else we’re doing and stands alone. It’s unfinished but I like it enough the way it is to play it for you now. The question is, did I accidentally write a dark Christmas carol last summer? Looks like we’re about to find out.

    xo emily

  • LIGHTNING STRIKES

    Attention all parents of kick-ass daughters! It looks like some real progress is being made when it comes to giving girls more imaginative toy options than princess castles and all things pink. As a kid I was way more into my Dukes of Hazard racetrack than any doll, so as you can imagine I am beyond happy to be part of what I hope will be a lasting cultural shift.

    A couple of months ago I was approached by a start-up toy company called Goldieblox and asked to portray the animated voice of their scrappy anti-Barbie protagonist in a series of animated online videos. I had always wanted to do voice-over work, so when they told me the guiding principles of the company and that the character was partially inspired by me and my music (!) the collaboration was a go. Debbie’s Kickstarter campaign says it best, but the idea here is to address the fact that men largely outnumber women in science, technology, engineering and math, with girls tending to lose interest in these subjects as early as age 8. We’ve got to encourage these bright young girls to overcome whatever is holding them back and give them the tools they need to literally start building things! Watching Debbie set out to “disrupt the pink aisle” has shown me this whole other world I’ve never had anything to do with before and it’s exciting to imagine I might have a part to play in her vision to inspire a new generation of female engineers.

    This morning Goldieblox released a new video featuring a song for kids called Lighting Strikes which I wrote as the soundtrack to one of the episodes. I gotta say I really enjoyed channeling my inner 10 year old and I hope you enjoy it too! If you have a young daughter, you might want to check this thing out.