Beating Like A Hammer

So, I am generally not idealistic when discussing the topic of the music business.  That little word there, business, dictates that the soul-sucking bean-counters have control.

But I can still appreciate a musical artist who dreams of music as “a soundtrack to an existence and something that brings people together”.  And Emily Haines, the daughter of a poet and the lead vocalist for the band Metric, is coming from a really good place in this NME interview that took place shortly after Metric’s appearance at last week’s Glastonbury Festival.

Her appreciation for the ethos of Glastonbury and Coachella, in contrast with the “cold and exacting business” involved with most other festivals, sheds good light on the spirit of Metric.



The band is theoretically based in Toronto, but has called so many different places home that it can be hard to keep track.  Most importantly, their fourth studio release, Fantasies, is really growing on me.

Stream the entire album for the moment on Metric’s myspace page and check it out for yourself.  Help I’m Alive and Sick Muse provide one of the best one-two punches leading off any album in a long time.

If you dig it, and I think you will, check out a couple of their appearances from earlier this month in the typical places that all true indies seem to find themselves, NPR’s All Songs Considered (a full 90 minute concert recorded in D.C.) and KCRW’s Morning Becomes Eclectic (interview and in-studio performance).

2009 is slowly shaping up as one of the better years for new music in a while.  Metric may not wind up on many Top 10 lists at the end of the year, but there is something refreshing about their modern take on indie music.  At the very least, this is really good summer music for those of you looking to update your ipods.

And if Haines and company really believe what they say about “the point of music”, then you owe it to Metric to at least give them a shot on principle alone.

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~ by acm213 on June 29, 2009.

One Response to “Beating Like A Hammer”

  1. […] most grabbed me in 2009 had to be Metric’s Sick Muse off the album Fantasies.  We’ve riffed on Metric before and odds are good that it won’t be the last time.  Glad to see NPR listeners were […]

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