METRIC PREMIERES “LOVE YOU BACK” VIDEO

U.S. TOUR KICKS OFF FEBRUARY 11 IN CLEVELAND

CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED NEW ALBUM ART OF DOUBT OUT NOW ON MMI/CRYSTAL MATH MUSIC

Canadian group Metric is premiering the video for their album track “Love You Back.” A show of appreciation for the band’s fans, the video consists of a number of fan videos submitted via social media and edited together. Watch/share the video HERE.

“‘Love You Back’ is about making a decision to stop being miserable,” notes frontwoman Emily Haines. “We get trapped in past incarnations of ourselves and decide that nothing can ever change. I’ve been held in place with wire and lace and waltzed around the drain. In the tension between a very dull standard of conventional morality and an intense desire to break out of it, our fixed ideas of ourselves and fear of any negative outside perception keep holding us back. What we desperately want is to ditch all that and be free.”

Haines adds, “The video for ‘Love You Back’ is performed by fans, each owning the song in their own way. It’s addictive to watch, like a version of Instagram in an alternate reality where people are way less concerned about crafting the perfect image of happiness and instead are just feeling it, and expressing it, for real, IRL.”

For Valentine’s Day, Metric is releasing limited edition colored 7” vinyl singles and an exclusive t-shirt for the song; both are available HERE

“Love You Back” is the newest release from the band’s critically acclaimed seventh LP Art of Doubt, out now via MMI/Crystal Math Music. NPR Music’s “First Listen” premiered the full album, noting “on the new Art of Doubt, Metric takes another welcome hard turn—this time back into spiky, guitar-driven rock and roll;” read the full review HERE and purchase/stream the album HERE.

In celebration of the album, the group is embarking on a co-headlining U.S. tour alongside Mexican rock band Zoé, supported by fellow Canadians July Talk. The extensive 27 city tour begins February 11 in Cleveland, and $1 from each ticket sold will be donated to the fight against climate change through the band’s ongoing work with the Plus1 organization. See below for a complete list of dates; tickets are available via the band’s website HERE.

Praise for Art of Doubt continues to pour in:


“Without fully shedding Metric’s synths—or brightening Haines’ messaging, which remains awash in class critiques and accounts of troublesome human behavior—Art of Doubt is the sound of a band that’s only reinvigorated by the arrival of its 20th anniversary.”

“The group’s pulsating synthesizers and looming guitars carry new-
wave urgency into the 21st century.”

“Emily Haines leads her band into their seventh album with their own sound…
full of big, broad rock anthems.”
 
“Partly inspired by the chaotic state of the world, the group is ready to rock again.”

“Bolstered by pulsating synths and the urgent push-and-shove of guitar, the thesis of [Metric’s new] LP is never more clear than in four-on-the-floor gem ‘Now or Never Now,’ a cautionary tale of living one’s life like a wallflower at the discotheque.”

“[Art of Doubt is] driven by massive rock guitars and soaring synthesizers, but also by Haines’s vivid, poetic lyrics that tell the stories between the notes.”

“Defiance never sounded so good.”

“there’s a confidence and consideration here that feels hard-earned”

“one of our favorite albums of the year”

“instantly memorable and one of their best overall albums yet”

In anticipation of the record Metric premiered unveiled three acclaimed videos: “Dressed to Suppress,” “Dark Saturday” and most recently “Now or Never Now.

For the first time in the band’s last three albums, guitarist Jimmy Shaw did not co-produce, preferring to turn over the producer mantle to first time collaborator Justin Meldal-Johnsen (M83, Beck, Nine Inch Nails). “Justin was just what we needed in a producer for this album,” notes Shaw. “He really saw every band member eye to eye and was able to capture what we each do best.” The album was recorded at Metric’s own Giant Studio in Toronto and mixed by Tony Hoffer (Phoenix, Depeche Mode, Air).

“I found in the writing of these songs that I was positioning myself as being out in the world in solidarity with the people around me…no matter what’s going on internally or externally, there’s that sense of urgency, of energy. We’re still going to go out, we’re still going to socialize, to push ourselves, we’re still going to celebrate. It’s just going to be dark,” Haines explains.

METRIC LIVE

February 11
Cleveland, OH
House of Blues†
February 13
Boston, MA
House of Blues*
February 14
Philadelphia, PA
The Fillmore*
February 15
Washington DC
The Fillmore*
February 18
Brooklyn, NY
Kings Theatre*
February 21
Richmond, VA
The National†
February 22
Nashville, TN
Marathon Music Works*
February 24
Atlanta, GA
Tabernacle*
February 26
San Antonio, TX
Aztec Theatre*
February 28
Houston, TX
Revention Music Centre*
March 1
Dallas, TX
Southside Ballroom*
March 2
Austin, TX
Moody Theater*
March 4
Phoenix, AZ
The Van Buren*
March 5
San Diego, CA
CalCoast Credit Union Open Air Theatre*
March 6
Los Angeles, CA
The Palladium*
March 9
Anaheim, CA
House of Blues*
March 10
Las Vegas, NV
The Chelsea at the Cosmopolitan*
March 11
Riverside, CA
Riverside Municipal Auditorium*
March 13
San Francisco, CA
The Masonic*
March 14
Portland, OR
Crystal Ballroom†
March 15
Portland, OR
Crystal Ballroom†
March 16
Seattle, WA
The Moore*
March 18
Salt Lake City, UT
The Depot*
March 20
Denver, CO
The Fillmore*
March 21
Kansas City, MO
The Truman†
March 22
Chicago, IL
Aragon Ballroom*
March 23
Indianapolis, IN
Egyptian Room†
March 25
Detroit, MI
The Fillmore†
April 17
Victoria, BC
Save on Foods Memorial†
April 18
Vancouver, BC
Pacific Coliseum†
April 20
Calgary, AB
Stampede Corral†
April 21
Edmonton, AB
Shaw Conference Centre†
April 22
Saskatoon, SK
SaskTel Centre†
April 23
Winnipeg, MB
Bell MTS Place†
April 26
Toronto, ON
Scotiabank Arena†
April 27
Ottawa, ON
TD Place Arena†
April 28
London, ON
Budweiser Gardens†
May 2
Halifax, NS
Halifax Scotiabank Centre†
May 3
Moncton, NB
Avenir Centre†
May 5
Montreal, QC
Mtelus†
* with Zoé and July Talk
† with July Talk