A Note From Emily

Dear Everyone Who Reads This,

What a time we are living in. Back in “the day”, when only about 10 people including my parents knew the name METRIC, I would write individual letters reporting the latest developments in the band to each of you, delivered by real mail. Now I have adapted my writing to suit a worldwide crowd of unseen eyes. Which is amazing. But to me this is still a letter, not a blog. We have to stop and remember things as they were a few minutes ago because everything moves so quickly. Huge world events transpire, we all react and comment, and then it’s as though they never happened. It’s hard to prioritize and keep track of what is really going on.

“These are exponential times!”, someone shouted at me on this topic. For a while I thought it was only my own life that was speeding by. Then I asked around and the consensus is that pretty much everybody is falling over themselves to match the ever quickening pace. What a relief. I’m so happy I asked! The things you consider ordinary or only related to you will be the most challenging to clearly express and also the most universally true. When I wrote the song “Help I’m Alive”, I had no idea how many people would relate to the way I was feeling. I put it out there as a personal statement and ended up finding out that a lot of people understood where I was coming from for the first time.

Spending your whole life being in a band is a confusing thing to get your head around. METRIC has been together for 10 years. I have come to accept certain things about what that means but I still struggle with others. There’s this constant sense of gratitude that I get to do what I want for a living, and at the same time an awareness of how insanely hard Joules, Joshua, Jimmy and I have worked, and continue to work, in order to even carry on existing as a band. Especially since we made the move to run MMI ourselves. It’s really rewarding, and I like to think we are paving the way for other bands to take control of their art and their careers. I hope we are contributing something valuable.

Jimmy and I spoke on a panel at Harvard recently, (See? I told you being in a band gets weird), with the manager of a Rich & Established band from the recent past (not saying who) along with one of the band members. It was pretty classic. The band member was explaining to the audience why he felt really bad for modern acts like METRIC. He was saying that because of all the developments in the online world, musicians were getting cheated. A valid point.

Then Jimmy chimed in and said, “Look at it from our perspective. You think a band like us would have ever gotten the stamp of approval from a major label without having to become something we’re not in order to survive there? We embrace the changes in the way music is being discovered and shared because it frees us from being stuck sucking up to those guys in order to get our music heard. We let go of those old ideas a long time ago and that is why we are successful on our own terms. We have faith that a new system that fairly compensates the artist will evolve out of the listener’s sense of value for the music.” … Or something like that.

Then the manager of the band took Jimmy’s side—against his own client!— and the two of them started arguing, with me and Jimmy in the middle passing the mic back and forth between them. Like I said, it was pretty classic. Both really nice guys by the way, who genuinely care about the future of music and feel bad for us that we may be getting the short end of the stick compared to our rock brethren of yesteryear.

This is just one of the many massive ways that being a musician has changed in the past 10 years. Sometimes I romanticize a time when rock and roll didn’t require tweeting, but I can’t imagine how people used to tour the world without cell phones. So, here we are.

And now, Everybody Who Reads This, it is time for The News.
As you know, we have been working on a new album.


Yes, it is ready.
Ahhh, I know what you’re thinking! I can read your mind.

What is the new album called?


What is the release date?

June 12th in Canada and the US. It will vary by up to a few days in the rest of the world.

What does it sound like?

It sounds like the culmination of everything we have done. We’ve always had a sound in our heads that we hoped to realize and we finally heard it coming back out of the speakers this time.

Where was it recorded?

At our own studio, Giant, in Toronto. And at Electric Lady Studios in NYC. The album was produced by Jimmy Shaw and mixed by John O’Mahony. This is our favorite combination of people and places.

What is SYNTHETICA about?

FANTASIES was all about pushing ourselves out into the world, going to unknown places and shaking off everything familiar. SYNTHETICA is about staying home and wanting to crawl out of your skin from the lack of external stimulation. SYNTHETICA is about forcing yourself to confront what you see in the mirror when you finally stand still long enough to catch a reflection. SYNTHETICA is about being able to identify the original in a long line of reproductions. It’s about what is real vs what is artificial.

What else?

SYNTHETICA is about insomnia, fucking up, fashion, all the devices and gadgets attached to our brains, getting wasted, watching people die in other countries, watching people die in your own country, dancing your ass off, questioning the cops, poetic justice, standing up for yourself, sex, the apocalypse, doing some stupid shit and totally regretting it but then telling everyone it made you stronger, leaving town as a solution to unsolvable problems, owning your actions and owning your time.

That pretty much covers it. Does this mean I don’t have to do any interviews? More news, tour dates and dispatches from the studio to follow. Just wanted to say hello really, and let you know that we’re on our way. love,

p.s. This image was created by Adolfo Natalini & Cristiano Toraldo Di Francia, founders of Superstudio in Italy and pioneers of the 1960’s Radical architecture movement. Their visual ideas about the future inspired the sound of SYNTHETICA.

Super Studio by Adolfo Natalini & Cristiano Toraldo Di Francia

Hello Again, Friend of a Friend...

Welcome to your reliably cryptic and erratically infrequent METRIC newsletter!

Spring is strange coming from no winter. Time staggers on and we get our news from the Comedy Network. If only Stephen Colbert were the Republican candidate! In extra-terrestrial news… Elon Musk is amazing, scientists contemplated the existence of a double-planet system, NASA captured this video of solar flares erupting on the sun… ANDSPIN unveiled the artwork & track listing for our new album!

Yes, a lot is happening. Our new album Synthetica is coming out in North America on June 12, 2012 (everywhere else shortly thereafter), and all the little elves here at MMI are madly preparing to get this new music out to the world. Everything is full steam ahead and it’s pretty intense. No turning back now! The first single “Youth Without Youth,” comes out May 1, which happens to coincide with May Day, a day of celebration & protest which (did you know?) originated with the 19th Century Organized Labor Movement in the USA.

Before you jump to conclusions about those old time “socialists” and “anarchists,” take a moment to thank them for effectively implementing the 8 hour work day and making it illegal for you to get stuck in a factory job when you’re still in grade school. In 1971, there were some serious May Day Protests against the Vietnam War too. And in 2010, hundreds of thousands of people across Europe took part in May Day demonstrations in the wake of the global financial crisis, probably having no idea how much worse it was going to get for countries like Greece. In 2011, May Day was reportedly pretty subdued by contrast. It will be interesting to see what happens this year. It seems like a lot of people might be feeling too beaten down to rise up for much. My eyes are peeled.

Anyway, yeah as I was saying, our first single “Youth Without Youth” comes out May 1, 2012. If you can’t stand to wait until then, you can be the first to hear it here. Warning: You’ll have to sing for your supper!

In other news, our Reflections of Synthetica are going viral like… a virus (think good bacteria). And what are these Reflections, you ask? You can take your question to Susan Miller, the Oracle, or Siri – but the only way to really find out for yourself is to go here for a minute, right now.


This summer, we’ll be playing a few select festivals and special shows all over this great earth. If you don’t see your town on the list just yet, stay tuned… More tour dates will be announced in the coming days.

Tickets are on sale now at www.ilovemetric.com/tour/.

Chin up!

xo metriclovesyou

The Moment has arrived...

People of the tomorrow, the moment has arrived – you can now hear our first single “Youth Without Youth”. Not only can you listen to it, but it is officially available for purchase through ilovemetricstore.com and on iTunes. Yes!

And… that’s not the only thing available on our website today!

As of today, pre-orders of our new album SYNTHETICA are available. Every pre-order comes with an instant gratification download of “Youth Without Youth” + 5 of the special exclusive SYNTHETICA REFLECTIONS tracks on the spot! You can also pre-order the album at itunes.com/metric now and immediately download “Youth Without Youth” (but you’ll have to wait until June 12th to get the SYNTHETICA REFLECTIONS tracks on iTunes).

We are also very happy to announce our US Fall Tour dates! Tickets won’t be available to the public for a few weeks, but we want to start the fan club pre-sale now so you guys can get the jump on the best tickets. PLUS, all tickets purchased for most of our US Fall Tour dates (our headline shows) will come with a digital copy of SYNTHETICA as part of the price (including an instant download of “Youth Without Youth” + 5 SYNTHETICA REFLECTIONS tracks delivered with the album). We’re totally embracing the modern age over here! So if you want to come and see us perform live at any of the shows below the place to get your tickets is on this very website and the time is now! We love being able to offer you the best seats in the house and bring the cost of the tickets down a bit by setting all this up through the band website directly! Just details, yes, but these things are important to us! So many exclamation points!

09.06.12 – Water Street Music Hall – Rochester, NY
09.08.12 – The Fillmore – Detroit, MI
09.09.12 – Madison Theatre – Covington, KY
09.11.12 – State Theatre – Minneapolis, MN
09.14.12 – Ryman Auditorium – Nashville, TN
09.17.12 – The Fillmore – Charlotte, NC
09.18.12 – Stage AE – Pittsburgh, PA
09.20.12 – Orpheum Theatre – Boston, MA
09.21.12 – The Strathmore – Washington, DC
09.22.12 – Tower Theater – Philadelphia, PA
09.23.12 – Radio City Music Hall – New York, NY
09.27.12 – Hard Rock – Orlando, FL
09.28.12 – The Fillmore – Miami, FL
09.29.12 – The Ritz – Tampa, FL
10.01.12 – Tabernacle – Atlanta, GA
10.02.12 – The Pageant – St. Louis, MO
10.04.12 – Ogden Theatre – Denver, CO
10.05.12 – The Depot – Salt Lake City, UT
10.06.12 – House of Blues – Las Vegas, NV
10.09.12 – The Greek Theatre – Los Angeles, CA
10.10.12 – Marquee Theatre – Tempe, AZ
Faster than you think, time staggers on.

Xoxo metriclovesyou

New website!

Hey guys,

Hope you like our beautiful new website! As with most things when they are new, there is always a kink or two to work out. If you are experiencing any quirks or bugs, please know that we’re working furiously to fix them. Super furiously.

xo metricloves you

Youth Without Youth on RS Live

An acoustic rendition of our first single “Youth Without Youth”, recorded live at the Rolling Stone Studios in NYC.

From us to you

We wanted to let you know that if you have pre-ordered a copy of SYNTHETICA from us you should keep your eyes on your e-mail inbox. If you haven’t already, you will be receiving a link to download a song from the record!

xoxo metriclovesyou

Win tickets you can’t buy to see Metric in Toronto on June 12!!! (Contest Closed)

Ahhhhhh People of Tomorrow!

It’s hard to believe, but June 12 is already just around the corner… Less than 1 week left until the release of Synthetica! Until then, you can listen to a pre-release stream here.

About two weeks ago we wrapped up production rehearsals at Le National in Montreal, and on the last day we held a surprise concert for fans where the only way to get in was to win tickets… It turned into such a fun night, that we’ve decided to do it again!

Next Tuesday, June 12, we will be hosting an invite-only concert at The Opera House in Toronto. The band will be performing the songs of Synthetica to kick off the release of the new album.

We’ve given a small number of tickets to RED who will be auctioning them off here to help raise money for a good cause. Other than that, the only way to get tickets will be to win them! There are contests running across Canada right now with a few of your trusty local alternative radio stations etc, but we will be giving most of the tickets away for free through our website, directly to you. It’s our way of saying thanks for the love & support.

We went through a million ideas of how to give away the tickets… In the end we decided to go with the simple, old school route of the skill testing question. Don’t worry, it won’t be math! Tickets will be given out first come first served, so these questions were designed to give our biggest fans a boost.

Here’s how to win:

- Send us an email to june12@ilovemetric.com

- Include your first and last name, as well as your answers to the 3 following questions:

1. What is the name of the first album Metric made that was finally released in 2007?
2. What country was Emily Haines born in?
3. What was the name of Joshua Winstead and Joules Scott Key’s side project?

- The first 220 people to write in with the correct answers will shortly thereafter receive an email confirming an invitation to the show for themselves and one guest

- Each of these lucky winners will then have until 5pm EST on Friday to confirm their attendance. If you win but don’t RSVP by the deadline, we will give your tickets to the next person in line

Because we always make an effort to show special thanks to fans who go out of their way to get their Metric goods from our website, anyone who has ordered Synthetica from us directly has been sent this message a full 15 minutes before everyone else. That means they got a head start! So move fast! Good luck!

Oh yeah, and just in case you’re wondering, it’s a licensed all ages show. Come one, come all.

For those of you who can’t make it to the Toronto show, fear not! If you can’t wait until the fall tour, you can always check out Big Music Fest in Belleville where we’ll be playing on June 16th. It’s only about two hours outside of Toronto.

As much as we’d love to play free shows for fans everywhere in celebration of the release, we can’t quite pull that off (sigh), but we did want to at least try and do a few more across North America to show our appreciation, so on June 11 we will also be announcing details on how you can win tickets to see Metric live in Vancouver for a free show at the Commodore Ballroom.

In the USA, we’ve partnered the new hybrid Acura ILX and radio stations across the country including KROQ, Live 105, Sirius Alt Nation, WFUV to help us put on another series of small, invite-only, free fan shows over the next few weeks. Stay tuned for details on how you can get tickets to see us perform Synthetica in an intimate concert setting at the Williamsburg Music Hall in NYC (June 13), the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco (June 19) or The El Rey Theatre in Los Angeles (June 20). No one will be able to buy tickets to these events, you’ll only be able to win them through Acura or the participating radio station partners, but we will of course be holding back hundreds of tickets to distribute free to you, through the site!

Finally, if you miss that, you can also catch us in LA on June 21 when we play the Jimmy Kimmel show on the outdoor stage!

xoxox metriclovesyou

Synthetica At Independent Record Stores

Get your copy of Synthetica at an independent record store next week and you’ll receive a set of exclusive METRIC pins. Check out the photo below. Participating stores are listed right here:

Synthetica Pin Set

1154-A Euclid Ave. NE
Atlanta, GA 30307

16711 E. Iliff Ave.
Aurora, CO 80013

2209 S. 1st St. Ste. C
Austin, TX 78704

600-A North Lamar Blvd.
Austin, TX 78703

1616 Thames St.
Baltimore, MD 21231

3290 SW. Cedar Hils Blvd.
Beaverton, OR 97005

115 E. Magnolia
Bellingham, WA 98225

2455 Telegraph Ave.
Berkeley, CA 94707

2401 Telegraph Ave.
Berkeley, CA 94704

202 N. Walnut St.
Bloomington, IN 47404

1105 W. Idaho St.
Boise, ID 83702

128 N. Main St.
Bowling Green, OH 43402

267 E. Main St.
Branford, CT 06405

5 Guest St.
Brighton, MA 02135

1800 Main St.
Buffalo, NY 14208

115 S. Winooski Ave.
Burlington, VT 05401

EARSHOT (Charleston)
1663 Savannah Hwy., Unit #5
Charleston, SC 29407

946 Orleans Rd.
Charleston, SC 29407

1419-A Central Ave.
Charlotte, NC 28205

26 East Madison
Chicago, IL 60602

1532 North Milwaukee Ave.
Chicago, IL 60622

3126 North Broadway
Chicago, IL 60657

4156 Hamilton Ave.
Cincinnati, OH 45223

235 Yale Ave.
Claremont, CA 91711

15801 Waterloo Rd.
Cleveland, OH 44110

2405 N. 4th St.
Coeur d’Alene, ID 83814

3020 E. Platte Ave.
Colorado Springs, CO 80909

1155 North High St.
Columbus, OH 43201

2363 Hwy. 135 Nw #110
Corydon, IN 47112

1808 Greenville Ave.
Dallas, TX 75206

22000 Michigan Ave.
Dearborn, MI 48124

2508 East Colfax
Denver, CO 80206

12 E. Superior St.
Duluth, MN 55802

448 North Coast Hwy. 101
Encinitas, CA 92024

3215 West 11th Ave. #B
Eugene, OR 97402

5625 Pearl Dr. Ste. D
Evansville, IN 47712

51 LaFayette Rd.
Fords, NJ 08863

845 N. Federal Hwy.
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304

8020 Olson Memorial Hwy.
Golden Valley, MN 55427

1418 N. Laurens St.
Greenville, SC 29601

2101 Hardy St.
Hattiesburg, MS 39401

2110 Portsmouth St.
Houston, TX 77098

806 Broad Ripple Ave.
Indianapolis, IN 46220

5202 N. College Ave.
Indianapolis, IN 46204

2615 Chapman Hwy.
Knoxville, TN 37920

3090 N. Farfield Rd.
Layton, UT 84040

2429 Iowa St.
Lawrence, KS 66046

377 S. Limestone St.
Lexington, KY 40508

420 E. 4th St.
Long Beach, CA 90802

436 State St.
Madison, WI 53703

1900 Monroe St.
Madison, WI 53711

761 Beta Dr. #R
Mayfield Village, OH 44143

1141 Washington Ave.
Miami Beach, FL 33139

1669 Farwell Ave.
Milwaukee, W 53202I

2000 4th Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN 55404

237 Blaine
Missoula, MT 59801

58 Times Square Mall
Mount Vernon, IL 62864

1604 Eighth Ave. S.
Nashville, TN 37203

54 East Main Street
Newark, DE 19711

3401 Chartres St.
New Orleans, LA 70117

23 Park Row
New York, NY 10038

15 E. 4th St.
New York, NY 10003

113 W. North St.
Normal, IL 61761

125 E. Main St.
Norman, OK 73069

3701 N. Western Ave.
Oklahoma City, OK 73118

25 S. Oklahoma Ave. Ste. 101
Oklahoma City, OK 73104

13529 I Circle
Omaha, NE 68137

2916 Corrine Dr.
Orlando, FL 32803

12 W. Camelback Rd.
Phoenix, AZ 85013

21002 N. 19th Ave. Suite 120
Phoenix, AZ 85027

19 Arbor St.
Portland, ME 04103

1313 W. Burnside
Portland, OR 97209

1931 NE. Sandy Blvd.
Portland, OR 97209

203 SW. 9th Ave.
Portland, OR 97205

3574 SE. Hawthorne Blvd.
Portland, OR 97214

3158 E. Burnside
Portland, OR 97214

20 S. Tulane St.
Princeton, NJ 8542

2114 Hillsborough St.
Raleigh, NC 27607

30 Broad St.
Red Bank, NJ 07701

7106 Midlothian Turnpike
Richmond, VA 23225

2410 Ownby Lane
Richmond, VA 23220

370 Park Ave.
Rochester, NY 14607

33 1/3 Rockwood St.
Rochester, NY 14610

2433 Arden Way
Sacramento, CA 95825

28 S. 5th Ave.
Saint Cloud, MN 56301

601 E. Lockwood
Saint Louis, MO 63119

6610 Delmar Blvd.
Saint Louis, MO 63130

666 Central Ave.
Saint Petersburg, FL 33701

P.O. Box 4692
89 Central Square
Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459

915 W. Washington St.
San Diego, CA 92103

980 S. Bascom Ave.
San Jose, CA 95128

978 Monterey St.
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

4559 California Ave., SW.
Seattle, WA 98116

1520 10th Ave.
Seattle, WA 98122

701 5th Ave. N.
Seattle, WA 98109

310 W. Jefferson St.
Syracuse, NY 13202

1773 West 4700 South
Taylorsville, UT 84118

6434 S. McClintock Dr.
Tempe, AZ 85282

4020 Secor Rd.
Toledo, OH 43623

506 14th St.
Tuscaloosa, AL 35401

5777 Valentine Rd.
Ventura, CA 93003

951 Providence Sq. Shopping Ctr.
Virginia Beach, VA 23464

210 E. Main St.
Walla Walla, WA 99362

31 Brookvale Ave.
West Babylon, NY 11704

975 Paoli Pike
West Chester, PA 19380

180 Mundy St.
Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702

3254 Silas Creek Pkwy.
Winston-Salem, NC 27103

901 Summitview Ave. #180
Yakima, WA 98902

Win tickets you can’t buy to see METRIC perform Synthetica live in NYC, San Francisco or LA!!! (Contest Closed)

Ahhhhhh People of Tomorrow!

Hard to believe, but there are only 3 days left until the release of Synthetica! In the meantime, if you’re interested, the pre-release album stream and album pre-order are still up here.

After the incredible evening we all had at the free, last minute concert we threw for fans at the end of production rehearsals in Montreal, last week we decided to announce another one in Toronto, and today I’m writing to tell you how you can get tickets to three more U.S. shows!

We’ve hooked up with the new Acura ILX hybrid in partnership with radio stations across the country including KROQ, Live 105, Sirius Alt Nation and WFUV to enable us to host another series of free, invite-only shows for U.S. fans:

June 13 NYC (Brooklyn) Williamsburg Music Hall
June 19 San Francisco Great American Music Hall
June 20 Los Angeles El Rey Theatre

The only way to get tickets is to win them, either from Acura, one of the presenting radio stations, or right here from us.

Details on how to get tickets directly from the band are outlined below, but they tend to fly, so act fast!

• If you are over 21 (sorry, couldn’t do all-ages this time), just send us a message to let us know which show you would like to attend (transportation not provided). Email:
o june13@ilovemetric.com for NYC
o june19@ilovemetric.com for SF
o june20@ilovemetric.com for LA

• In your message include:
o Your first name
o Your last name
o Answers to the 3 following questions:
1) What other band are Emily and Jimmy sometimes-members of?
2) For which director’s new movie did Metric just record the score?
3) What’s the name of the label Metric setup to self-release its albums?

• On a first come, first served basis while supplies last, the first few hundred people to write in with all the correct information will receive a reply back confirming an offer to snag 2 spots on the band’s guest list for the show in question.

• Each winner will then have until 5pm EST on Monday June 11th to confirm their attendance. Otherwise, any tickets reserved for people who don’t RSVP in time will be given to the next person in line.

It’s that simple! Good luck and hope to see you there!

xoxox metriclovesyou

Free outdoor METRIC Show Tonight in Toronto!

Hey, If you weren’t able to get your hands on tickets to our tiny release day show at The Opera House tomorrow night, you can still catch us play a free outdoor show outside The Edge studios in Sugar Beach tonight at 8pm.

All you have to do is show up: http://bit.ly/OjZSVc

Hope to see you there!

Metric in Vancouver on June 23: Win tickets you can’t buy to see Synthetica live. (Contest Closed)


With 24 hours left before the album release, we’ve got details on one last free show for you in celebration of the release of Synthetica – this one near you!

Rogers is presenting a small, private concert at the Commodore Ballroom in Vancouver on Saturday, June 23. We’ve split up the tickets between us, so the only way to get in is either by getting tickets directly from the band, or from Rogers through one of the promotions they’re running.

Visit www.rogers.com/metric for details on how they will be distributing their tickets.

As for the tickets we’ll be distributing free to fans, we’re going with the same approach we used for the free shows in Toronto, NYC, San Francisco and LA:

• If you are 19 years old or over (sorry, couldn’t make all-ages work), just send us an email to june23@ilovemetric.com and include:

o Your first name
o Your last name
o Answers to the 3 following questions:
1) Where was Emily Haines born?
2) For which director’s new movie did Metric just record the score?
3) What’s the name of Joshua Winstead and Joules Scott-Key’s side project?

• On a first come, first served basis, while supplies last, the first people to write in with all the correct information will receive an offer to confirm 2 spots for the show on the band’s guest list.

• Each winner will then have until 5pm PST on Friday June 15th to confirm their attendance. Otherwise, any tickets reserved for people who don’t RSVP in time will be given to the next person in line.

It’s that simple! Good luck and hope to see you there!

xoxox metriclovesyou

Canadian Fall Tour Announced and Fan Pre-Sale Has Started

Hello all…

Just a quick heads up to let you know that we have announced our Canadian fall tour dates today! Excited! Our website direct to fan pre-sale will also begin today. These will be the best seats in the house, priced better than anywhere else with way less fees. Bam.

We can only offer a few tickets this way and they tend to go fast, so if you are interested, make sure to visit www.ilovemetric.com/tour.

In other modern music retail news (ha ha, we’re captivated by it too)…If you don’t already have our new album Synthetica, you can bundle your ticket with a digital download of the album at the same time, and pay just $8.49 (which we’re told is a 15% discount off the normal price.)

The music is cheap and the love is deep. See you on the road!

xoxox metriclovesyou


People of Tomorrow!

After the incredible time we all had at the free, last minute concerts we threw for fans across North America in June, we’re writing to announce another one in Chicago!

We hooked up with Acura on the fall tour to give you a chance to win a free ILX Hybrid, plus some lucky winners will get to attend a private, invite-only show for Chicago area fans on August 10th at The Vic.

The only way to get tickets is to win them, either right here from us or from Acura.

Details on how to get tickets directly from the band are outlined below, but they’re going to fly, so act fast!

• If you are over 21 (sorry, couldn’t do all-ages this time), just send us a message to let us know you would like to attend (transportation not provided).

Email: august10@ilovemetric.com

• In your message include:

- Your first name – Your last name – Please make the subject line of your email “RSVP” – Answers to the two following questions: 1) What is the name of the newest Metric album? 2) For which director’s new movie did Metric just record the score?

• On a first come, first serve basis while supplies last, the first people to write in with all the correct information will receive a reply back confirming an offer to snag two spots on the band’s guest list for our August 10th show at The Vic.

It’s that simple! Good luck and hope to see you there!

xoxox metriclovesyou


People of tomorrow, it is today!

We’ve just set out on our first proper North American tour of Synthetica and spirits are high. Our time is now and we’re feeling the love for life on the road.

It struck me the other day, as our tour bus pulled up to West Elizabeth and Woodward to park behind The Fillmore, that I owe a great debt to the city of Detroit, Michigan. My father, the late poet and teacher Paul Haines, was born in a town nearby called Vassar in the 1930s. His life took him far from home to New York, New Mexico and New Delhi (the birthplaces of my brother, my sister and me). In the mid 1970s, the family moved to Canada and we have been there ever since.

Of all the things I remember from being a kid, our road trips to Vassar stand out as being impossibly fun, even though as the youngest I was always the one squished into the backseat middle. I can still recall the visual of arriving in Vassar at Uncle Russ and Aunt Esther’s house, Russ’ prized Ford Model T parked in the driveway, with everybody waving and running toward our car, rushing to scoop me up into hugs of epic proportions. The whole extended family lived within blocks of each other; grandparents, cousins, aunts and uncles always just across the way. What a clan!

Paul Haines wasn’t a musician but his whole world was music. When he was a teenager, he would come to Detroit to see shows at the small jazz clubs that were popping up at the time, and his mind was permanently blown by the great artists of the day. It’s so hard to fathom but I guess it was pretty unusual then for white kids to hang out with black kids, and segregation was still common in many parts of the country. I just can’t fucking imagine seeing a “Whites Only” sign, you know? It seems like forever ago to those of us who have had the privilege of growing up as the generation that benefitted most from the civil rights movement. Like, of course everybody can vote! Women too? Of course they can, yeah!

However, as we are seeing in the run up to the next presidential election in the US, the great strides and accomplishments of past trailblazers can be eroded by time if the principles they fought for are not actively upheld. Politicians creep in slowly with their incremental encroachments and we feel stupid being nervous because, in general, we have it so good. Like, don’t overreact! It’s impolite and ungrateful to be vigilant because we’re supposedly post-everything, right? Well, perhaps on paper, but often not in practice. The thing we have to get our heads around on a daily basis is that even a small step in the wrong direction is too far when attempting to prevent a slide backwards. We have to remember that there were plenty of people back in my dad’s day who really didn’t want black people to be able to vote and aggressively stood in their way. Nightmarish scene on Montgomery bridge, anyone? And now we’re finding out that even today there are people who would seek to suppress the vote of certain groups.

Being in Detroit, thinking of my father’s time, it makes me realize how the distant past can also feel like recent history. We need to understand that these rights we take for granted are quite new to us and not so immutable as we might like to think. A mature democracy is not one where we all have the “freedom” to let the prize of power land in the hands of the highest bidder because we couldn’t be bothered to think about what’s happening outside of our personal lives. Becoming so completely consumed by the diversions of our culture that we forget to care about anything larger is not freedom.

I’ve played shows all over the world with METRIC and had many magical nights, but the sense of solidarity we felt with the audience at our concert at The Fillmore was something else. As we drove out of town wearing big fucking grins, Mitt Romney’s infamous “Let Detroit Go Bankrupt,” rang in my ears like nothing more than a sad slogan for narrow minds.

As a dual citizen, I split my time between Canada and the United States, looking out as best I can for ways to make myself useful and participate in the issues that concern me in both countries. Being in the public eye, I’m always a bit wary of being outspoken, and a lot of people seem to want musicians to keep their mouths shut except to sing. If you are one of those people, surely I’ve pissed you off by now. Some things are more important than being a crowd pleaser. Those of us who are in a position to do so must act to preserve the basic right of all US citizens, whatever neighbourhood they live in, whatever their race, whether they are loaded or broke, to cast their vote in the 2012 presidential elections.

METRIC will be doing our part to help with this effort as best we can. If you value your civil rights, please exercise them.

xo emily


And now for something completely different…

It has been quite a while since my last letter, so here are a few of my favourite musical highlights from the summer for your pleasure:

Our Visit to 89.3 The Current
“Synthetica” video at Sasquatch with NPR
“Youth Without Youth” video at The Bowery
“Youth Without Youth” official video


People of Tomorrow!

After the incredible time we all had at the free, last minute concerts we threw for fans across North America earlier this summer, we’re writing to announce another one in Jacksonville, FL!

We hooked up with Acura on our current US tour to give you a chance to win a free ILX Hybrid, plus some lucky winners will get to attend a private, invite-only show for Jacksonville, FL area fans on September 30th at Ponte Vedra Concert Hall.

The only way to get tickets is to win them, either right here from us or from Acura.

Details on how to get tickets directly from the band are outlined below, but they’re going to fly, so act fast!

• If you are over 21 (sorry, couldn’t do all-ages this time), just fill out the form at http://bit.ly/MetricSeptTen (case sensitive URL) to let us know you would like to attend (transportation not provided).

• On a first come, first serve basis while supplies last, the first people to complete the form with all the correct information will receive an email confirming an offer to snag two spots on the band’s guest list for our September 30th show at Ponte Vedra Concert Hall.

It’s that simple! Good luck and hope to see you there!

xoxox metriclovesyou


People of Tomorrow, I’m Stuck in Yesterday!

The last day of our US tour has come and gone and I find myself trying to grasp what just happened. I’m deeply accustomed to my life on the road, and I’m used to doing things most people think impossible, like flying from Sydney to Chicago via Singapore and Hong Kong within 36 hours for a show, or sleeping off bronchitis over a 17 hour drive in a tour bus bunk (aka my bed on wheels, which I’ve not-so-affectionately nicknamed “my bouncing shelf”). As I write this, I am stranded yet again at a random airport, staring out at the drizzly tarmac, counting the hours of my life I will never get back. It sounds so dramatic, I know, but you must understand – when I calculate my time spent in transit, I am confronted with an alarming figure. Multiply this number to include my bandmates and our dedicated road crew of 7 and you start to wonder… Are we all insane? Where do we get the energy to keep this thing going?

Of course there are always ways to improve the way you roll in show biz, so we step up our game every chance we get, eagerly absorbing any secondhand news of ways to do it better. Rumours circulate of tour bus waterbeds, walk-in closets and so-called “Star Coaches” with all the amenities of normalcy. Neil Young is said to have the back lounge of his bus equipped with a grand piano, and I’ve heard tales of stainless steel chef’s kitchens, traveling wine cellars and on-call medics with suggestive names like Dr. Buzz. Private jets are out of reach for most of us these days, but legends of past extravagance (and logistical bliss) live on. Meanwhile, somewhere warm and sunny, a DJ is “loading in” for his gig equipped with little more than a USB stick and a briefcase for his million bucks. Ha ha, good one. You can’t blame the guy, but damn! The fact (the problem?) with musicians is we have proven over and over again that our love of music means we’ll blindly tolerate all kinds of deprivation when it comes to creature comforts. In some circles, it’s almost a kind of sport to see how much you can endure as proof of your authenticity. It becomes a matter of principle. You don’t feel like you’re missing out on any basic human essentials because you’ve convinced yourself that you are above them, like spiritual aesthetes or men of the cloth. Living rooms that aren’t speeding down the highway through the night are so … static! Kitchens with more than a toaster oven are so… cluttered! Beds that aren’t stacked on top of each other like grown up summer camp bunks are so… boring! isolated! ordinary! domestic!

When everything stops and I go home for five minutes, it’s hard to believe these 65 shows since the release of Synthetica even happened, that we played “The Wanderlust” and “Pale Blue Eyes” at Radio City Music Hall with Lou Reed and made our mark at so many other historic venues across the country. It’s hard to place any objective value whatsoever on our efforts, it’s all so fleeting! I suppose this is a heightened version of what we all experience every day: the uneasy push and pull between wanting time to pass more quickly because of the challenges at hand, and simultaneously hoping that we’re making the most of every minute, constantly asking ourselves, “Is this my life?” knowing that the answer is “Yes.”

On any given day, nothing matters more to me than what happens on stage, and I know my bandmates have taken the same heavy oath. We all have friendships, families and loves to prioritize, but the commitment we have made to music, and all it demands, is immeasurable. Metric fans, for their part, continue to match us in their dedication. I’m amazed by the number of letters we received these past weeks, and although many of your stories describe heartbreaking times, I do feel a singular sense of purpose when you tell me the songs we wrote got you through those rough periods. Thank you for letting me know.

We’ve got some time off before we embark on our arena tour across Canada, and I’m looking forward to laying low at home, playing the piano. But the truth is, like a true addict, I’m already excited to get back out there and do it all again…this time in the snow!

As of now, 6 hours later, I’m still stranded at the airport, rereading the letters you wrote to us. I’d like to sign off with an excerpt from one we received from an extraordinary kid named Alex:

“Thank you for asking questions that made me want to seek out answers, such as why do people think apathy is something to be proud of?”

xo emily

P.S. Got a new video for “Breathing Underwater” coming for you soon…In the meantime, here’s a little taste of our moment with Lou Reed in NYC and two sweet crowd shots from ACL taken by our pal Lauren Graham. Enjoy!

"The Wanderlust" with Lou Reed @ Radio City Music Hall 9/23/12

"Pale Blue Eyes" with Lou Reed @ Radio City Music Hall 9/23/12

Austin City Limits, 10/13/12



Metric is proud to announce that the band has brought home three JUNO Awards this year, including “Alternative Album Of The Year” (Synthetica), “Producer Of The Year” (James Shaw), and “Recording Package Of The Year” (Justin Broadbent for Synthetica).

Emily Haines / FLEET4HEARme Collaboration

Emily has joined FLEET4HEARme, a project where proceeds of jewelry design collaborations go towards building a retrofitted recording studio in an orphanage with the organization HearMe. Emily’s design highlights the power of writing as a purposeful and freeing form of self-expression. Releasing this PENdant, Haines’ own design collaboration will fund a creative environment for children to collaborate and develop their own personal voices. Learn more at Fleet’s website .

METRIC from FLEET jewelry on Vimeo.



Metric will head back on the road throughout the United States this fall performing shows with Paramore and Hellogoodbye. Tickets go on sale Friday, July 26 at 10am local time with Ticketmaster pre-sales occurring July 25, 10am-10pm local time. For more information, please visit the band’s Tour page.

Here We Go

October 15, 2013

Letter To You,

Today is the last day of one thing and the first day of another. I spent Sunday evening with Jimmy, Joshua and Joules, beloved friends and family and a dog called Scout, celebrating Canadian Thanksgiving and preparing for the next three months on the road which will take us all across the USA to Asia, Australia, New Zealand, and beyond.

We sit, we talk, we stand, there are speeches of gratitude and many goodbyes. It’s a feeling we’ve felt before and want to feel again. We’re excited, it’s confusing leaving home, it’s the life we made and the life that made us. In the midst of this evening, I created a corner for myself to write you a letter, feeling strangely as I do the pull of that unnamable connection that remains between us all these years.

If you’re reading this, you already know that everything I want to tell you is in the lyrics, and anything we want to show you is in the music. So there’s nothing to say except that we’ve missed you and it feels good to be back.

Much respect and thanks for keeping things interesting.

love always,

“What I have told you is a story. It arose from my life for where else but a life can a story come?” – Patrick Lane

Sha La La, Man

When Lou Reed asked me, “Emily Haines, who would you rather be, the Beatles or the Rolling Stones,” I shot back, “The Velvet Underground.” Quick thinking, sure, but also the truth. In our song “Gimme Sympathy,” we lament the fact that none of us living today are likely to achieve the stature or saturation the signature acts of that era enjoyed. But for me none of that music comes close to the contribution Lou Reed has made to the world. It’s immeasurable. Famously cranky, his integrity is unrivaled. He irritated everyone with difficult music. He refused to spend his life re-writing “Walk on the Wild Side,” effectively sparing himself a lifetime of boring conversations with fools. Anyone who couldn’t see that his tough exterior was an essential shield for the man who gave us “Pale Blue Eyes,” with all its intimacy and relatable sadness, has missed the point of his life completely.

I’m not one to proclaim fated encounters, but it seems as though everyone I know who had the power to bring Lou and me together used it to make it happen. A strange combination of forces channeled Hal Willner through Kevin Drew through Kevin Hearn through Neil Young’s “A Man Needs a Maid” and that was that. When we finally did meet, it was obvious and easy, like an idea that’s been floating around for years and then one day emerges effortlessly, fully formed. Our connection was free of the fawning fandom and nauseating idolatry that so often characterizes such show biz interactions between a young woman and an older man. He was never condescending. I didn’t worship him. We talked about my late father Paul Haines’ recordings of Albert Ayler, we talked about Escalator Over the Hill, we talked about Roswell Rudd and Henry Grimes. This thin man with gold teeth and clear engaging eyes was a thrill to be with, and his barbed wire wit made hanging with him like a tightrope walk. You couldn’t drift.

People always seemed afraid to be straight with Lou but I wasn’t. At the rehearsal for our performance at Vivid Festival at the Sydney Opera House in 2010 (an event he curated with Laurie Anderson), he couldn’t remember the guitar part for “Cremation,” the song he wanted me to sing with him. I said, “You have to remember. You have to play the guitar,” and the room fell silent as though I had hit the height of blasphemy. But he just looked at me and said, “You’re right.”

Persuading him to play “Pale Blue Eyes” when he joined Metric onstage for “The Wanderlust” at Radio City Music Hall in 2012 required a more nuanced approach and I’ll always remember the golden look of approval he gave our guitarist, Jimmy Shaw, when he played that delicate guitar line onstage that night.

An essential thing people seem to miss when they think of Lou Reed is the scope of his sense of humor. When he invited me to play with him at the Shel Silverstein tribute concert in Central Park in 2011, I was the straight man, backing him up on piano and vocals as he turned the song “25 Minutes to Go” into a roast of Mayor Bloomberg’s New York for billionaires.

Near the end, there were things Lou wanted to do that his poor health prevented. We had planned to perform together at Coachella but he wasn’t well enough and had to cancel. More recently, his visit to Toronto became impossible and I found myself standing around talking to Mick Rock instead, looking at photographs of the glamorized Lou when really the person I wanted to see was the man that had made it through all those years and married Laurie Anderson, the man who continued to live and love and create. I hijacked the DJ’s playlist at the gallery, forced everyone to listen to “O Superman” and gave a big drunk speech about it. I guess you could say it was an early expression of the grief that was to come.

Kevin Hearn has played in Lou Reed’s band for years. Hearn and I have been working on some new recordings of my songs, just vocals and piano. A survivor of blood cancer himself, Kevin visited Lou and Laurie many times throughout Lou’s treatment in Cleveland. It appeared for a while there that Lou was on the mend, but in recent weeks his condition declined. When Lou called for him a few days ago, Kevin feared the worst. He wrote to me late last night, “I went to see Lou in Cleveland. He had to go back in the hospital. He is not doing too well I’m sad to say. Laurie was there too. They asked what I have been up to and I told them about the songs. They wanted to hear something so I played them ‘Dedicated.’ I hope you don’t mind. They really liked it.” I fell asleep last night hoping my voice had been of some comfort to him. And when I woke up, I found out he was dead.

The first time I sang “Perfect Day” for him, Lou said, “You have to bring more pain to it. You’re not singing about a fucking picnic.” Consider it done.

Playing “Cremation” with Lou was heavy enough at the time, but now that he’s gone the lyrics just break my heart. “The coal black sea waits for me me me/ the coal black sea waits forever/ when I leave this joint/ at some further point/ the same coal black sea/ will it be waiting?”

In his last message to me, Lou wrote, “I’m so sorry Emily I would’ve if I could have but I’m a little under the weather but I love you.”

I love you, too.

Metric App & "Synthetica Reflections" & Life

People of Tomorrow, Today is the Day! Two big announcements are coming your way!

Right this very moment, the METRIC Synthetica App for iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch is available on the App Store and the companion album to Synthetica, called Synthetica Reflections, is available for you to download on iTunes. We did it!

Our app that we’ve been designing over the past few months integrates visuals from Superstudio — the 1960’s Italian architecture collective whose stirring images of the future inspired our writing of Synthetica — into the shifting sonic landscape of the music.

The app lets you remix, filter, and sequence songs from Synthetica and Synthetica Reflections to create your own versions of everything. Here is a short video of Jimmy and me playing around with the app for your entertainment.

Today is also the day we’re releasing Synthetica Reflections on iTunes. This is the first time the full album is available for download and, like the app, the idea is to expand your interpretation of Synthetica and the threads that run through it. The band employed every analog synth we could get our hands on and spontaneously created this abstract, atmospheric remake of Synthetica late, late, late, late one night at Giant Studios in Toronto. It started out as an idea for “Artificial Nocturne” and before we knew it, we were reinterpreting each song on the album in this unusual way. We worked well past sunrise at Giant and then put the finishing touches on our improvisational work a few weeks later at The Magic Shop studio in NYC. The whole process opened up our imaginations and triggered some strange visions. We’re excited to be able to finally bring the experience to your ears!

And if you missed the release of the “Synthetica” music video last week, here it is. We teamed up with Justin Broadbent, the award-winning designer of Synthetica‘s artwork, to create a wonderfully disorienting, kaleidoscopic music video that truly brings the themes of “Synthetica” to life on the screen.

So, there you have it! We’re only a few weeks into our US tour with a long way to go and so much has happened already. It’s been a bit overwhelming to say the least. This week we will play Madison Square Garden on Wednesday & Late Show with David Letterman on Thursday. As usual, emotions are running high. Life on the road seems to amplify everything. Every time I drag my beat-up suitcase onto a tour bus I am struck once again by the absurdity of living this way, but then within days, I am right back in the swing of it: sleeping soundly through the night in my little bunk as we speed down the eternal highway, waking up somewhere unknown and opening the blinds, bracing myself for whatever scene might be unfolding outside and whatever the new day might hold. It’s not for everyone, but it seems to be for me.

I’ll keep the life that I’ve got. Onward!

xoxo metriclovesyou

Lost Kitten

Today marks the much-anticipated premiere of our new video for the song ‘Lost Kitten’, in which director Sammy Rawal leads us on an unusual search for home. Shot over two days in Mexico City, the clip features acclaimed ballroom dancer/actor Sheldon McIntosh (otherwise known as Tynomi Banks, the name he goes by when performing in drag), and showcases Rawal’s hyper-stylized use of bold color and unique choreography.

In Rawal’s reimagining of the archetypal heroic journey, Sheldon embarks on a mysterious pilgrimage through Mexico City and into the canal maze of Xochimilco on a flat-bottomed trajinera in search of his house mother, an “angel” in his memories. Upon reaching his destination, Sheldon delivers an epic vogueing performance (!) to celebrate his spiritual reunion with the maternal. His massive on-screen presence is only amplified by his bold attire: sequined jacket and kitten heels.

The shoot itself proved as colorful as the concept. Airport troubles delayed Sheldon’s arrival to within hours of when filming was scheduled to begin. A striking figure at 6 foot 2, Sheldon’s choice of travel wear was a pair of high heeled boots which had him towering above the local community as he attempted to navigate the busy pedestrian streets. “As he walked through the city, Sheldon was literally parting the huge crowd that had gathered, everybody was staring at him in amazement,” recalls Rawal. “He was a bit apprehensive at first about how the local community would react to him, but that feeling quickly disappeared as people started cheering and shouting ‘El Guapo!’ (The Handsome One), smiling and waving from their passing cars.”

Watch ‘Lost Kitten’ and let the beautiful quest begin.

xoxo metriclovesyou

P.S. Hope you’ve been having fun with the METRIC Synthetica App. It’s a bit addictive. I’ve spent many hours traveling between cities these past few weeks and have gotten into creating totally abstract sounds with my remixes. My favorite move is extreme delay feedback combined with pitch shift on “Speed the Collapse”. The original song becomes unrecognizable and the landscape images become like hallucinations. Very useful when waiting in very long lines. If you don’t have it yet, it’s free on the App Store.


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.


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

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.

emily xo